Making the Most of Your Time in High School Can Help You Get Into the COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE.
Your high school years are a time of growth and discovery – a time to learn more about yourself
and the world around you. From academics to extracurricular activities, you can learn from
everything you do.
- Develop a four-year academic plan for high school.
- Ask your guidance counselor for help.
- Focus on taking challenging courses and getting good grades.
- Become involved in a wide variety of activities.
- This will allow you to develop your leadership and social skills.
- Keep a list of your activities and accomplishments.
- Plan summer activities that keep your brain active.
- Stay involved with activities that help develop leadership skills.
- Review your four-year academic plan with your guidance counselor and your parents. Make changes to stay on track.
- Plan classes for your junior year. Talk with your guidance counselor.
- Consider taking college-prep courses.
- Update your list of activities and accomplishments.
- Sign up to take the PSAT early.
Time to get serious about your plans and options.
- Be aware of your academic progress – GPA, class rank, etc.
- Register to take the ACT and/or SAT during the spring.
- Use college specific search engines to explore your college options.
- Decide what is important to you in a college: academic reputation, size, location, activities, cost, etc.
- Begin visiting colleges and universities.
- Start checking into scholarships and financial aid.
- Carefully select courses for your senior year.
- Check to see if any prerequisite courses are needed for your major.
Everything comes together. You see the rewards of your hard work.
- Focus on doing well in school.
- Know college deadlines, if any.
- If necessary, take the ACT and/or SAT again.
- Narrow your list of colleges and visit your top choices.
- In the fall, complete applications to the colleges of your choice.
- Apply for financial aid and scholarships.
- Make your college decision!
For more information on making high school count, visit:
Check your local library or book store for these resources which offer objective data and information:
College Handbook 2011/College Board
Peterson’s Four-Year Colleges: 2011/Peterson’s
Book of Majors 2011/College Board
Guide to collegeMajors/Princeton Review
PLAN - a practice test for the ACT. Some high schools make the PLAN available to sophomores.
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) - a practice test for theSAT Reasoning Test. The PSAT/NMSQT is given in October, primarily to juniors. This test is also used to determine National Merit semifinalists.
ACT - a college entrance examination that students generally take during their junior and/or senior year. Students receive scores in English, reading, math, and science, as well as a composite score. There is also an optional writing test.
SAT Reasoning Test - a college entrance examination that students generally take during their junior and/or senior year. The SAT has three sections: critical reading, math and writing.
SAT Subject Tests - one-hour tests that measure a student’s knowledge in specific subject areas. SAT Subject Tests are required by some of the more competitive colleges.
Source: “Preparing for College: A guide For Parents,” Woodburn
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