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  • Practice = see where you excel
  • In October, all juniors take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). Prepare for the PSAT by taking the sample test included in the student bulletin which also explains more about the format and content of the test and has helpful tips. Juniors who score in the top two percent of test takers nationwide will be eligible to compete for scholarship funding from select colleges, companies, and organizations. colleges do not typically ask for PSAT scores
  • Believe it or not, this is exactly what a student should be doing as far as the college process goes. College will assess their preparedness and achievements in academic and personal areas as they consider a students application.
  • Will you contribute to student life, the arts, athletics? Colleges expect you to get involved in meaningful activities outside the classroom. High school offers opportunities to try new things and challenge yourself outside of the classroom, including acting plays, joining clubs, playing sports and becoming a leader.
  • You will encounter problems if you are so involved that you have no time for your class work. Grades are always the central factor in an admission decision. A laundry list of activities will not compensate for a poor performance in the classroom . Don’t join every group on campus just to have things to list on your college application. College admission officers recognize “resume-builders”.
  • Let’s say you have discovered that you have a talent for working with younger students, and are considering applying to teaching programs. Have you gone and applied for an available proctor position on campus? Did you work at a day camp over the summer? Do you baby-sit on the weekends? Does one of your essays address why you want to teach? All of these activities convey and reinforce the idea that you enjoy teaching and give colleges a sense of who you are, what is important to you, and why you want to apply to education programs.
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    • 1. Ellen Richards educational services
    • 2. WHY SHOULD STUDENTS & PARENTS START THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE NOW?
      • Avoid the anxiety associated with the college admissions process.
      • Gain confidence and remain calm as they move through the process.
      • Make informed choices during freshman through senior years.
    • 3.
      • Start a college file
      • Research & visit colleges
      • Prepare for standardized tests
      • Become a well-rounded student
      • Plan summer activities (classes, volunteer, internship, summer job, travel, etc.)
      • Discuss college financial options with your family
    • 4.
      • selecting a college requires
      • finding the “right fit”
      • Offer a program of study to match your interests and needs
      • Provide a style of instruction to match the way you like to learn
      • Provide a level of academic rigor to match your aptitude and preparation
      • Offer a community that feels like home
      • Value you for what you do well
    • 5.
      • Admissions officers want to know :
      • “ How have you taken advantage of your opportunities,
      • and what will you bring to our campus?”
      • Comprehensive Evaluation
      • Rigor of Classes over 4 Years
      • GPA / Transcript
      • Personal Statement/Essay
      • SAT or ACT Scores
      • Extra-Curricular Activities/Community Service
      • Teacher & Counselor Letters of Recommendation
    • 6. Intro. To Statistics Problem Solving Trig/ PreCalculus AP Calculus BC Algebra I Advanced Algebra Geometry Honors Advanced Algebra Honors Geometry AP Calculus AB Honors Trig/ Pre-Calculus
    • 7. Integrated Physical Science Biology Chemistry Physiology Physics Honors Physics Biology Chemistry Honors Biology Honors Chemistry AP Chemistry AP Biology AP Physics Physics Physiology For selective colleges and majors in the sciences, pre-med or engineering, Physics is highly recommended and often required.
    • 8.
      • Community colleges
      • University of California (UC)
      • Private Universities
    • 9.
      • Priority transfer programs with the University of California
      • Take lower division general education courses, improve grades, time to mature
      • Less expensive
      • No SAT or ACT
      • Placement exams are required
      • Minimal application process in spring
    • 10.
      • Many private schools have:
      • Smaller class sizes
      • A lower student to faculty ratio
      • All classes taught by professors
      • Higher four-year graduation rates
      • Transfer options as early as sophomore year
      • A specific affiliation or sense of community
    • 11.
      • Admission policies & deadlines:
        • Early Decision
        • Early Action
        • Regular Action/Decision
      • Institutional application and/or common application ( www.commonapp.org )
    • 12.
      • Holistic approach to evaluation process
      • Official transcript (9 th thru 12 th grades)
      • SAT and/or ACT scores
      • Essay / Personal Statement
        • writing skills (grammar, sentence structure, spelling)
        • content (separate yourself from other applicants)
      • Extracurricular activities
      • Letter(s) of Recommendation
      • Interviews
      • Program-specific requirements: auditions, portfolios
    • 13.
      • Your list should include at least :
      • 1 Reach (highly competitive)
      • 3 Possible (competitive)
      • 1 Likely (probable admission)
      • * Your “safety” school is your most important choice – will you be happy there if it is your only choice?
    • 14.  
    • 15.
      • California State Colleges (23 campuses)
      • www.csumentor.edu
      • University of California (9 campuses)
      • -www.ucop.edu
      • Private Universities
      • -www.commonapp.org
    • 16.
      • Application, Essay, Supplemental Application
      • Letters of Recommendation from Counselor
      • and Teachers
      • Score reports
      • GPA/ Official Transcript
      • Mid-Year Report (if required)
      • Application Fee (unless waived )
      • SAT or ACT scores (if required)
    • 17.
      • CSU: October 1 – November 30
      • UC: November 1 – 30
      • Private and Out-of-State Publics: Varies
      • (usually January 1 – February 15)
      • Rolling Admissions: Until class is filled
      • Early Decision / Early Action: usually
      • November
      • November 1 : Deadline to submit requests for Letters
      • of Recommendation to counselors/teacher s
    • 18.  
    • 19.
      • Early Decision- binding plan, meaning a student has to attend the school if the school accept them has to apply to only one college for early decision, but students may apply to other colleges through the regular admissions process. If the student is accepted by his first-choice college early, your child must withdraw all other applications
      • Early Action- similar plans but are not binding if student is accepted he/she can choose to commit to the college immediately, or wait until the spring. Under these plans, the student may also apply early action to other colleges.
    • 20.
      • Colleges send a letter stating the likelihood of acceptance in late February with official decision being made in early April.
    • 21.
      • Common at large state universities.
      • allows students to apply at any time during their admission period; typically, September through July.
      • The school then evaluates each college application as it is received and sends acceptance letters to students who meet their requirements.
    • 22. Sophomore Junior Senior SAT / ACT Retakes only (by December) ACT PSAT SAT / ACT SAT Tests PLAN SAT Subject Tests
    • 23.
      • Discuss your testing plan with the college counseling office.
          • Each person has different strengths, so each student’s strategies will differ.
          • Take “practice” standardized tests.
          • Take SAT Subject tests in your areas of strength.
      • Try to complete all required college testing before the end of your Junior year !
    • 24.
      • Preparation test for the SAT
      • Purpose:
        • Familiarize students with the SAT Reasoning Test
        • Expose students to the SAT in a no-risk manner
        • Give students an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses in:
          • critical reading
          • writing
          • mathematics
          • *PSAT scores determine National Merit and Achievement Scholarship candidates (Junior year only)
    • 25.
      • SAT - Offered by the College Board with three sections that measure
      • Critical Reading
      • Mathematical Reasoning
      • Writing Skills
      • Duration of the test is a total of 3 hours and 45 minutes.
      • Offered seven times a year:
      • (January, March, May, April, June, October or December.)
      • *Most competitive colleges require students to take SAT I.
    • 26.
      • The SAT Subject Tests are hour-long multiple choice tests on specific subjects. A handful of colleges require that a student submit three, several dozen ask for or recommend two, and many do not require the Subject Test.
      • SAT Subject Tests include:
          • Literature
          • U.S. History and World History
          • Mathematics I and II
          • Biology-Ecological, Biology-Molecular
          • Chemistry
          • Physics
          • Foreign Languages – Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Korean.
          • *SAT II Subject Tests are each one- hour long and you can take as many as three different tests on any one test date.
    • 27.
      • Can be used at many colleges as substitute for SAT.
      • Consists of four 30-50 minute subjects in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading and Science Reasoning
      • The score is averaged into a composite score that range from 1 (low) to 36 (high)
    • 28.
      • Given in May
      • 3-hour long examinations based on full- year college level courses offered in high school.
      • APs are scored
      • from 1 to 5. 5 being
      • the highest score
      Human Geography Japanese Language and Culture Latin: Vergil Macroeconomics Microeconomics Music Theory Physics B Physics C Psychology Spanish Language Spanish Literature Statistics Studio Art U.S. History World History Subjects: Art History Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Language and Culture Computer Science A English Language English Literature Environmental Science European History French Language German Language Comp Government & Politics U.S. Government & Politics
    • 29.
      • Is used for international students whose native language is not English and who are applying for admission to colleges and graduate schools in the United States.
    • 30.
      • Score Choice
    • 31.
      • Types of Interviews:
      • Personal Interviews- Interview with a representative of admission office on the college campus.
      • Alumni Interviews- interview with Alumnus in the student’s home area
      • Interviews reinforce interest in a particular institution and it is an opportunity for the admission staff to clarify the match between school’s offerings and student’s interest and abilities.
      • **Always have your resume with you for any Interview.
    • 32. Summer Before Senior year
    • 33.
        • UC - two-part personal statement.
        • Private universities - require an essay on specific topics; may accept the Common Application essay prompts.
        • Answer the essay prompt !
        • CSU and Community Colleges - no requirement.
    • 34.
      • Start with a list of traits and experiences that set you apart from others.
      • Research or ask what kind of questions the College Applications might have.
      • Try answering those questions in an essay form and write down whatever comes to your mind- you can revise and rewrite the essay later.
    • 35.
      • “ SHOW Don’t Tell!”, but remember to be concise, the reader at the college admissions only has 2-3 minutes to read each essay.
      • Consider it an invitation to talk face-to-face with an admissions committee.
    • 36.
      • From teachers in academic areas –
      • English, Math, Science, History and
      • Language.
        • Ask teachers who know you well .
    • 37.
      • Stay focused – challenge yourself
      • Discover your passion
      • Be pro-active and advocate for yourself!
      • Develop your study skills, organization and time management
      • READ ! - Build your vocabulary and comprehension skills
      • Visit college campuses
    • 38.
      • Myth : Senior year grades don’t count.
      • Myth : Once I’m accepted to college I can stop
      • studying.
      • Myth : I must declare a major.
      • Myth : I should know what I want to do for the
      • rest of my life.
      • Myth : “C” students don’t go to 4-year colleges.
      • Myth : UC Berkeley is the best school for me.
      • Myth : CSU’s are not good schools.
      • Myth : Community Colleges are only for
      • students who didn’t do well in high school.
    • 39.
        • Students should build a solid academic foundation while:
          • Exploring new options outside of the classroom
          • Continuing to pursue the activities they enjoy
          • Challenge themselves academically to do their best work
          • Achieve the personal goals they set for themselves
          • Make friends
          • Take advantage of opportunities
    • 40.
      • Eligibility
      • Minimum GPA
      • “ a” to “g” courses
      • Test scores
      • Private colleges have their own criteria. What will you contribute to their campus?
      • Selection
      • Rigor of courses
      • GPA
      • Essay
      • Test scores
      • Activities, Talents
      • Leadership
      • Community Service
      • Other
    • 41. In an increasingly competitive college market, it is no longer enough just to be smart. Colleges want to know what students will offer to the community.
    • 42. Find a balance between extra-curricular pursuits & school work.
    • 43. Do what you are passionate about - your enthusiasm and sincerity will shine through. Pursue interests that make you happy and are enriching and rewarding.
    • 44. During your high school years dive into one or more areas of interest. Become a Leader
    • 45.
      • Financial Aid is available for International Students; however, you must research if your specific situation qualifies.
      • Check out the International Student Handbook of U.S. colleges , published by the College Board for a list of average aid awards given to international students at a variety range of colleges and universities.
    • 46. Questions / Discussion
    • 47.  

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