♦Register to take the P/SAT in October.
♦Check dates of college speakers and attend presentations during advisory.
TIP: Start thinking about your strengths and skills in terms of what you may want to do in life.
♦Take the P/SAT to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship.
♦Attend the AHS career day and college fair on October 24th.
♦Refine your list of colleges; eliminate the ones that do not meet your criteria.
♦Request catalogs or see your counselor for schools remaining on your list; compare admissions policies;academic programs.
♦Make a point to see your counselor for interperation of the P/SAT. Discuss scores and areas for improvement.
♦Explore career fields of interest and what type of training is required. Try to talk to people in these fields.
♦Ask your counselor what schools offer the best programs for your area of interest.
♦Continue narrowing the number of schools in your file.
♦Talk to your counselor about the application process and setting up college visits.
♦Start peparing for Advanced Placement (AP) exams and sign up with your AP teacher to take them.
Taking them early will give you practice and allow you time to re-take them if you are not satisified with your scores.
♦Discuss "early decision" option with your counselor.
♦Take the SAT and/or ACT or register for the next testing -- this is the final opportunity to test for early fall decision.
♦Set up a job shadow for a career you are interested in. Have your advisory teacher approve your job shadow before you complete it and complete the reflection assignement to process.
TIP: Discuss your list of favorite colleges or universities with your parents & counselor -- make arrangements for campus tours of your favorites. Discuss college cost & budget with parents.