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I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star. Natalie Portman Natalie Portman Slide 2 Preparing for College JUNIOR YEAR Spring 2011 Sign up for SATs, ACTs (May, June) Begin College Search Visit Colleges over Spring Break Summer 2011 Create your college list Begin college application(s) & essay(s) Work on Transcript Request Packet Work on Teacher Recommendation Packet Slide 3 Preparing for College SENIOR YEAR Fall 2011 Begin scholarship search Senior Meetings w/Counselor Request recommendations from teachers Complete/Submit Transcript Request Packet Finish essays Slide 4 Tests! ACT SAT SAT II Subject Tests AP Slide 5 ACT or SAT, Whats the Difference? SAT No science section No trigonometry questions Vocabulary emphasized Non multiple-choice questions asked Guessing penalty No English grammar Math accounts for 50% of your score Questions go from easy to difficult ACT Science reasoning section Math includes trigonometry Vocabulary less important Entirely multiple-choice No guessing penalty English grammar tested Math accounts for 25% of your score Questions are mixed up Slide 6 The SAT may be a better fit if: You did great on the PSAT. You have a killer vocabulary. (You are comfortable with words like didactic, sedulous, and esoteric.) You prefer starts and stops when taking tests. There are nine sections and an essay on the SAT. You can ace grammar. For example, you are comfortable with the sentence, On the table, there ARE a pencil and some paper. You consider yourself quick- thinking. Students must exercise educated guessing on the SAT because you lose point for each incorrect answer. If students can rule out one or more answer choices for multiple-choice questions they should guess. The ACT may be a better fit if: Your PSAT or SAT score is inconsistent with your academic performance in school. Your vocabulary is not as strong as your reading. You read relatively quickly. You are more academic than test savvy. (The ACT test is more like a test you would take in school.) You prefer four longer sections (English, Math, Reading, and Science) to having interruptions and breaks during the test. You are great at writing papers but do not have formal grammar instruction. Students are not penalized for incorrect answers and should answer as many test questions as possible. Slide 7 Be a SMARTIE! ACT Now S top A nd T hink ! Register today for the May 7th SAT at collegeboard.com. Deadline is April 8 June 4 th SAT---- Deadline is May 10 th Slide 8 The American College Test ACT Actstudent.org Register for the June 11 th ACT Deadline is May 6 th Slide 9 210 510 School Code Slide 10 COLLEGE VISITS Colleges visit Howard High School throughout the year! See the Student Services website for the College Visit list. Students can sign up for a college visit in Student Services Slide 11 Internet College and Scholarship Searches Beware: do not pay money or give a credit card for a college or scholarship search College SearchesScholarships -Bridges**-Fastweb.com -Princeton Review-Findtuition.com -Peterson-hcpss.org -College Board-Bridges -USnews.com/education-Collegeanswer.com -zinch.com Slide 12 Bridges College Search See instruction packet: kept in the career center www.bridges.com Choices Planner > School Finderwww.bridges.com SiteID: 28513 Password: o6113ps2 Hints You can narrow or broaden responses to get a manageable number of colleges Create portfolio to save search results and schools Compare schools to each other Slide 13 COLLEGE APPLICATIONS Types of Applications: Common, On-Line, School Application Appearance is KEY! Most schools require a social security number Fill out draft copies of the application and essay before doing the final Make copies of anything you send out Make sure you send the correct amount in application fees Make sure you mail them in a timely manner Slide 14 Slide 15 Slide 16 Slide 17 Slide 18 Transcript Request Packet What is the transcript request packet? A request to the registrar and counselor for transcripts and a counselor recommendation. ** 30 school days are required for processing of the Transcript Packet** Slide 19 Transcript Request Packet The packet includes: A list of required forms to be completed Transcript Request Form Sample Student Academic Resume Counselor Input Form Optional Parent Questionnaire Waiver of Right to See School/Teacher Letters of Recommendation Information on what the registrar will compile for your students college Mid-year Reports and Final Transcript information Slide 20 Transcript Request Packet Forms that will be due by Monday, June 14th Student Academic Resume Counselor Input Form Optional Parent Questionnaire Please have your student turn in their completed forms to either: Mrs. St. John or Mrs. Wohlers, the Registrars. Slide 21 Transcript Example Slide 22 Teacher Recommendations Select two teachers Requests for letters should be typed Include a resume and input form with your request Some colleges require teacher recommendation forms you must provide the form Teachers require 30 school days advance notice Teachers will submit letters to the Registrar Slide 23 Administrator Recommendations Students should make an appointment to meet with the administrator Requests for letters should be typed Include a transcript, resume and input form with your request Some colleges require recommendation forms you must provide the form Administrators require 30 school days advance notice Administrators will submit letters to the Registrar Slide 24 Slide 25 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go. ~Dr. Seuss Slide 26 QUESTIONS? 7:00PM Guest Speaker Chip Saltsman Vice-President, Capgemini MIT Alumni Interviewer Parent

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