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Junior Year Time-line

~Junior Year Time-line~

     Take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in October! (See our "PSAT Information" page for specific dates & information)

     Start Your College Search
* Start with YOU! Make lists of your abilities, preferences and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
* Jump start your college planning by researching majors and careers.
* Use College Search through College Board (http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp) to find colleges with the right characteristics.

     Begin Thinking About Financial Aid
* Talk to your counselor about your college plans. Use the financial aid calculators to estimate your aid eligibility and college costs.

     Get Ready for The SAT
* Prepare for the SAT by signing up in the guidance office to take the PSAT in October! Practice by taking a free full-length official practice test (http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test). Then get a score and skill report. Learn which skill you need to improve. Be sure to sign up for the official SAT question of the day for daily practice - also through www.collegeboard.org.

     Schedule Your Spring Testing
* You can take either the SAT or up to three SAT Subject Tests on one test day. See the SAT information page for the SAT schedule of test dates.

     Explore Colleges
* Start visiting local colleges; large, small, public and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop an initial list of colleges that interest you.
* Pick up a copy of the "College Comparison Worksheet" in the guidance office to help you compare colleges you're interested in.  

     Plan Ahead for the Summer and Senior Year
* Review your senior year class schedule with your counselor.
*Plan summer activities early. Enrich yourself by volunteering, getting an interesting job or internship or signing up for special summer learning programs.

     Keep up Your Momentum
* Visit colleges. Take campus tours and schedule interviews with admissions counselors at the colleges you are serious about. Be sure to bring your "Campus Visit Checklist" (found at http://www.collegeanswer.com/global/checklists/VisitChecklist.pdf)
* Request applications from the colleges you are planning to apply to. Check important dates, some colleges have early dates or rolling admission.