PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

A student should start preparing themselves for their college career junior year of high school. In this section, you will find various resources regarding specific steps to take during your final years of high school, tools for the SAT, and how to write a college essay. 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR COLLEGE

What to do junior year of high school: Explore the various types of colleges, including community college, two- and four-year universities, specialty schools, and private institutions. Students tend to start SAT prep and the search for scholarships. 

 

What to do senior year of high school: Seniors start to narrow down colleges based on their preferences and values. They apply to these schools, attend college fairs, apply for scholarships, and potentially choose an area of study. 

Resources:

High School Planning

Junior Year Fall Checklist

Junior Year Spring Checklist

Junior Year Summer Checklist

Senior Year Fall Checklist

Senior Year Spring Checklist

Post High School Graduation Checklist

ACT & SAT HELP

What is the ACT: The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The purpose of the ACT test is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

What is the SAT: The SAT is universal, standardized test students take before applying to college. It is an essential component of most college applications, so putting in time and effort to prepare for this exam will have a substantial pay off. SAT help is available online for all students, but some students choose to hire individual tutors. 

The higher you score on the ACT and/or SAT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you.

Resources:

SAT Practice

HOW TO WRITE A COLLEGE ESSAY

What is a College Essay: College essays are included in most college applications. They typically ask you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, share your stories, as well as academic and career goals. Although your essay should reflect your personality, there are some guidelines that any student can follow to aid in their craft. Although schools do put the most emphasis on grades and test scores, a well-crafted college essay can greatly boost your student profile.  

Resources:

How To Write A College Essay

College Essay Advice

College Essay

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