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What should you do and when should you do it? (Page 3)

Summer between Grade 10 and Grade 11:

Narrow college list:

Start sorting the list you have made. Remove colleges for which you are very under qualified. Try to go on a college road trip and visit these universities if possible or at least make sure you visit their website and get more information. Universities usually schedule open houses and guided tours for high school students.
Important things to look for in a university's website:
  • If you know what you want to do, make sure that the college has courses that interest you.
  • Make a table with the deadlines for application (early decision, binding vs. non-binding, regular)
  • Look at the requirements - some schools need essays, recommendation letters, etc.
  • Grade 11:


    In October, take the PSAT exam. The junior year PSAT is the exam that is used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Take SAT I or ACT if you have not yet taken them or if you feel confident you can do better now. You can take the SAT and ACT multiple times. There is no penalty. If you are not ready, take practice tests or get professional help from a SAT preparation center.

    Exams to take:

    If you are taking any AP courses, you will have to take the AP test in May and if you are in Honors classes, you can take the SAT II Subject test in June. You can also take SAT I or ACT if you are ready.


    Financial Aid is calculated based on the income from the previous year to the date of starting college. If your child is going to college in Fall of 2020, you financial needs will be based on your 2019 income. You need to plan for taxes and financial aid at the start of the junior year of high school. You can start by finding a few good books on how to pay for college in your local libraray.
    Page 4 - Summer between Grade 11 and Grade 12