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Junior Year

  • High School Junior Year: College Preparation Checklist

    This is a key year, as you begin to take standardized tests. In terms of college preparation, the following considerations should be addressed during a student's Junior year:

    Fall:

    • Take the PSAT and begin a list of potential college choices.
    • Evaluate education options. Decide whether you wish to attend a 2-4 year college or university, vocational school, or a career college.
    • Continue gathering information.
    • Organize a plan for testing. Find out dates for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or AP exams.
    • Be aware of any special requirements.

    Winter:

    • Stay involved with extracurricular activities.
    • Organize college information.
    • Narrow college choices.
    • Prepare for standardized tests.
    • Discuss future plans with family.

    Spring:

    • Create a challenging schedule for senior year.
    • Begin a scholarship search.
    • Contact references for letters of recommendation.
    • Apply for summer jobs or internships.
    • Set appointments to visit top college choices.

    Summer:

    • Visit colleges.
    • Seek advice from other college students.
    • Begin application essays.
    • Make decisions early.
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