College Kick Off for Juniors and their Parents
- Save the Date! This events for juniors and their parents only will be held on Thursday, January 17th, at 7pm in the high school auditorium. Topics covered at that meeting include:
- College Process Timeline and Overview
- Standardized Testing (SAT vs. ACT and test-optional colleges)
- College Visits -When and How
- Parts of the Application (Application work begins in August of the senior year with deadlines ranging from October – February of the senior year)
- Financial Aid and Scholarship Information (brief overview)
- We recommend that students take either one SAT or one ACT this spring. Colleges do NOT prefer of one test over another. Some students “click with” the ACT better, for instance. We recommend you register for the hybrid test we are offering here at IACS on January 12th. If the PSAT wasn’t for you, or you couldn’t make it, this would be a great way to get some results and develop a study plan. Sign up asap! Additionally, I recommend Testive, which offers both SAT AND ACT prep, for free, online, on your schedule. You can “try out” both types of questions and take full length practice tests, and receive results. Check it out here.
- Starting this week, students who took the PSAT in October will be able to access their online score reports on the College Board site. Students should receive an email from the College Board with instructions on how to log into and access their score reports. I am also handing back paper copies of all scores tomorrow during advisory in the auditorium. There is a lot of information and data on the score reports and the College Board has created, “Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results,” to assist you. Although it’s a little longer, this video (10 minutes) is also a fantastic explanation of PSAT results.
Two of the most valuable resources available to PSAT testers are the “Your Question-Level Feedback” section of the score report and linking your PSAT results to Khan Academy’s free online SAT prep. Students can also see questions and answer explanations and link their results to Khan Academy when logged into their College Board account. These resources are important tools that can be used to prepare for the SAT.
Jill Deknatel, Director of College Counseling
Shannon Morocco, Assistant Director of College Counseling