“Preparing for College” Calendar For JUNIORS
- Think about your reasons for going to college. What are your goals? Talk to your parents, counselor, teachers and friends.
- Plan your extracurricular activities for the year and sign up for clubs and sports.
- Sign-up for PSAT, waivers available for qualifying students.
- Register with www.collegeboard.com to get the SAT information and the question of the day.
- Take the PSAT.
- Attend college programs and meet with college representatives visiting Wilcox. Check School Loop, the Counseling Office, and College & Career Resource Center for dates, times and locations of various college visits.
- If you are interested in a military academy or ROTC, get information now and sign up for the ASVAB.
- Focus on doing well in your classes. Junior year is looked at very closely by colleges.
- Organize your college research materials and keep them in safe place.
- Visit college admissions websites to get familiar with the admission process and language used.
- Get to know the College & Career Center Resource Center materials and resources.
- Take an interest test, such as the ASVAB.
- Continue to consider the best type of college environment and major for you. Ask others where they went to school or schools they know about.
- Plan holiday visits to colleges.
- Begin investigating summer programs. Some private colleges start the application process now.
- Review your PSAT score report with counselors. Study and take advantage of the materials that come with your individualized results.
- Decide if you want to enroll in test preparation workshops for the SAT and/or ACT and sign up now or purchase materials.
- Research interesting internships. They demonstrate your maturity and seriousness in pursuing your interests.
- Focus your college search. Consider important factors in choosing a college: two-year or four-year institution, location, public or private, social environment, cost for tuition? Visit local colleges campuses during break.
- Meet with counselors to decide which tests and what months you will take tests.
- Decide the months you will take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT tests. Plan now to register a month in advance and consider any test prep you need.
- If you are planning to apply to a UC, register for the SAT Subject tests and take 2 different subject tests. Request “Student Answer Service” so that you can see where you need to study.
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- Take EAP essay exam in English classes.
- Discuss with counselors the colleges you are thinking about applying to.
- Contact colleges for any information you need. Read, discuss, listen, and visit.
- Check the College and Career Resource Center website for upcoming college Preview Days.
- Apply and/or enroll in summer courses, internships, jobs, or activities. These are important for your résumé, possible college entrance essays, and scholarships. They demonstrate your maturity and seriousness in pursuing your interests.
- Register for the April ACT and/or AP exams.
- Take the ACT and/or AP exams.
- Register for the May SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Tests, if necessary.
- Visit more colleges and universities during the break.
- Attend Spring College Preview Days at the colleges in which you are interested.
- Attend the WACAC College Fair at Mission College.
- Start investigating scholar-ships @ www.fastweb.com.
- Take the the SAT or ACT with writing and the SAT subject tests if you are planning to apply to a 4 year college or university.
- Take AP exams, if appropriate.
- Narrow down your college list. Break schools in categories: safety, target, reach.
- Decide and plan to colleges this summer. Call ahead to book a tour. If you can’t go in person, take virtual tour online.
- Take the SAT or ACT with writing and SAT subject tests if planning to apply to a 4 year college or university.
- Finish the year strong. Do well on your finals! This is your most important semester for colleges.
- Finalize summer plans for jobs, internships, summer enrichment courses at community colleges, and campus visits.
- Begin your Senior Profile. Have copies ready to give teachers and counselors if letters of recommendation are needed.
- Contact all colleges you’re interested in; visit, take tours, have interviews, and look at their website.
- Work on rough drafts of college essays and your résumé or biography.
- Do something none of your friends are doing – something that makes you unique like taking a program at UCLA or other college, reading a classic novel, teaching kids to play basketball, or other local volunteer opportunities. Finish and document your 20 hour requirement for graduation. Forms available in Counseling Office or on School Loop.
- If you work, do something that requires real thinking like an internship.
- Analyze and understand your SAT/ACT results. Review, if necessary and sign up for fall tests.
- Complete any summer reading or H/AP homework BEFORE school starts!