May is a pivotal time of year for highly school juniors. Proactive college planning will empower their senior year college application process. Below we provide key testing, summer planning, counseling, and college visiting tips.
1. Test Readiness
Juniors can take the SAT or ACT. Please take the optional writing tests on both tests as many colleges require them. Students do increasingly better on tests if they do full length practice sessions. Remember, college applicants can take each test--SAT, SAT Subject Test, and ACT--twice for free with fee waivers. They can find free online and in person sites to do practice tests. Please don't forget upcoming deadlines and recommendations. Here is a current site with all testing requirements. http://www.compassprep.com/subject-test-requirements-and-recommendations/. Below are specific requirements for several major tests.
SAT : June 4--May 11 (May 5 by mail) is the registration date for the June 4 SATS. http://sat.collegeboard.com/register/sat-dates
- May 11 (May 5 by mail) is the registration date for the June 4 SAT Subject Tests Students can take three per test date.
- May 6 is the deadline for the June 11 ACT http://tinyurl.com/gl9dayn
- AP test takers should do their very best.
- If they don't like how they do, they can cancel their scores by June 15. http://tinyurl.com/hwuf4l6
2. Finalize Summer Plans and Update Current Resumes
Colleges expect rising seniors to use their summers productively and meaningfully. They also want juniors to have an updated resume.
- It is not too late to find internships, jobs, and service opportunities.
3. Meet with School Counselors and Teachers
Juniors and their families should meet with school-based counselors/college counselors before the school year ends. They should also pick the two junior year teachers they plan to ask to write letters of recommendation as most college prefer eleventh grade teachers. Students should
- Go over current list of prospective colleges.
- Attend local college fairs. NACAC colleges are traveling around the country as well as colleges and groups of colleges. http://tinyurl.com/lgf6tz3