Change in Test Dates

In response to the situation surrounding the coronavirus, College Board and ACT have announced test cancellations and plans for future test dates.

The May 2nd SAT has been cancelled. Check College Board’s website for updates on future test dates.

ACT has rescheduled its April 4th test date to June 13th across the US. Students registered for the April 4th test will receive an email from ACT with more details.

While these test date changes are disappointing and disruptive to your plans, use this extra time to your advantage. Make full use of free online resources, such as Khan Academy and ACT Academy to help you be even more prepared.

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Helpful Tips On How To Choose A College Now

Although college campuses are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis, you have many resources available to help you make your decision. Take virtual campus tours that are available on college websites. Schedule calls with your guidance counselor and admissions reps to answer your questions. Also, reach out to current students to hear what they have to say. The New York Times recently published an article worth reading on this subject.

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News Is On The Way

The moment you’ve been waiting for is almost here. Over the next few weeks, college acceptance letters will be released and you’ll be bringing to a close your many months of hard work. If you put together a balanced list of safety, target and reach schools, it’s likely that you’ll receive an acceptance.

As you evaluate your choices, select a school where you feel you comfortable and belong. You want to choose a school where you’ll be challenged academically. Evaluate the academic programs offered and review prerequisites and specific course offerings. Also think about you’d feel as a member of the school community— you want to excited to be an active, engaged member.

Keep in mind, it’s what you do once you’re at college, not where you attend college that will make the difference post-graduation. Stay focused on the positive news and the college life you have to look forward to.

 

 

 

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Get Ready for Tomorrow’s SAT

 

A few thoughts if you’re scheduled to take tomorrow’s SAT.

Confirm that your test center will be open, as some test centers may be closed and the March 14th SAT cancelled due to the coronavirus.

If you’re still scheduled to take the test, minimize your stress tomorrow morning by getting organized ahead of time. The last thing you need on test morning is a desperate scramble. These are some of the things you can do tonight to get your big day off to a great start:

First, check with your parents to make sure they know when and where you’re scheduled to take the test, and arrange how you’ll get to the test center. Next, gather and pack all the things you’ll need to take with you. Some of the things on this check list are “must-have” items, while others are optional.

REQUIRED: Don’t forget any of the following items or it will be a long ride home!

  • An approved calculator
  • Sharpened #2 pencils
  • An acceptable form of photo ID
  • Your admission or standby ticket

SUGGESTED: These are things you may want to bring along.

  • Water
  • Snack
  • Sweater
  • Back-up calculator
  • Extra batteries for your calculator
  • Watch (to keep track of time)

alarm clockSet your alarm, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy, satisfying breakfast.

Good luck!

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SAT Center Closings

Due to the coronavirus, test centers may be closed and the March 14th SAT cancelled at those sites. Students affected by test center closings will be notified by email and can also check online for closings.

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Jump Right Into College Fairs

Juniors, jump start your college search by attending a college fair.

Admission representatives from many schools gather at fairs and look forward to meeting prospective students and sharing what their schools have to offer. You’ll have the chance to get exposed to a large number of colleges and universities all in one place.

Start by researching fairs in your area. Check with your guidance office for a schedule of local fairs. Look online at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) spring schedule. There are state and regional college fairs such as The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation . Look online to see if there is a state or regional college fair near you. Your school district or high school may also have their own fairs planned. Online college fairs are another way to meet admission reps by chatting online. Sites like CollegeFairsOnline.com and CollegeWeekLive.com offer these types of fairs. Check their websites for specific college fair dates.

Sign up for NACAC fairs online.  You’ll receive your own barcode. You will be asked to enter your contact info, academic interests, high school and graduation year. By scanning your code, college reps will be able to read your information and eliminate the need for you to fill out individual information cards at each booth. They’ll also have your information if they want to reach out to you. Find out whether other fairs offer you the chance to also register in advance to avoid lines when you arrive.

Look into which schools will be participating at the fair you’re attending. Go through the list  of participants and decide which reps you’d like to visit with and which events you would like to attend. Plan your day – pick up a map and note the start times of special events, then begin with the schools at the top of your list. While you’re at the fair keep an open mind as you walk through the aisles. Visit booths from a variety of schools and chat with their reps. Take brochures and course catalogs to review when you have more time.

Think about what type of school you’d like to attend. Two or four year, size, distance from home, environment, special programs and areas of study. Prepare for your meetings by having a few questions ready. Ask questions that are school specific and can’t easily be answered by looking at the website. Don’t forget to ask for business cards after your conversations.

If you have any additional questions, follow up with an email. If you felt you had a meaningful conversation with any particular rep, you may want to send a thank you note.

Organize all the brochures and business cards you collected and save the ones you’re interested in. Go online and look further into the schools you liked.

 

 

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The Home Stretch

It’s hard to believe that it’s already March. College admissions decisions will soon be released anytime between now and April 1st. So, while are you are waiting for responses, here are a few more tasks to complete:

  1. Confirm that all your financial aid documents are in order. You should have received your Student Aid Report (SAR) after you completed and submitted your FAFSA. Review your SAR and respond to any requests for additional information immediately. If you finished the CSS/Profile and any state applications for aid, be on the lookout for any requests for further information. Often, aid is distributed on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to submit any financial aid forms you have not already sent in.
  2. Identify scholarship opportunities. There are so many resources available that you can make use of to search for scholarships. Scholarship deadlines vary— so continue your search throughout the school year.
  3. Avoid senioritis. Your admission and financial aid offers are contingent on maintaining your academic standing, so stay on track.
  4. Read your emails daily. Look for any new correspondence from the schools to which you’ve already been admitted. They may be reaching out with information about special programs and events, as well as scholarship opportunities.
  5. Reach out to your admissions reps with good news. Share only meaningful and significant accomplishments that enhance your application. For example, if you’ve won an award or a contest or have had any of your work published, let them know.
  6. Now is the time to apply to any additional schools. There’s still time to apply to schools with both rolling and late admissions deadlines as well as schools that have chosen to extend their deadlines. Ask your guidance counselor for a list of schools still accepting applications.
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