11th GRADE TIME LINEJuly – August (prior to Junior Year)
- Conduct college and career searches, visit colleges, and learn about specific admissions requirements.
- Make up D’s or F’s in summer school.
- Get PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and AP schedules (available from www.collegeboard.com and ACT, Inc: www.actstudent.org )
- Participate in extracurricular activities.
- Register for PSAT as practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.
November - December
- Take the PSAT.
- Continue college/career search.
- Schedule interviews, contact admissions officers, and take tours of different colleges.
January – February
- Get PSAT results from counselor and use them to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
- Review SAT and/or ACT prep materials.
- Determine if you need to take SAT Subject Tests and do so as soon as possible after you've completed the corresponding class.
- Begin narrowing college list to 8 - 10 schools (including several with requirements above your current GPA/rank and at least two with requirements below your current GPA/rank).
- Try to finalize college list by end of Summer before Senior Year.
- Register for Spring SAT and ACT tests, and AP exams.
- Register for summer SAT and ACT tests (Prospective college athletes who plan to play Division I or Division II sports should use code 9999 when registering to send scores to the NCAA Clearinghouse).
- Continue contacting colleges on your list and ask about admissions info, requirements, deadlines, activities.
- Start looking for summer jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities/summer school programs at colleges.
- Talk with teachers and others about writing recommendations.
- Continue search for meaningful and challenging summer activities.
June – August
- Take SAT and AP exams as necessary.
- Complete a resume of activities, accomplishments, work exp., etc.
(Compiled from timelines available at www.collegeboard.com/plan, www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/scholarships-and-aid/index.html, http://studentaid2.ed.gov/prepare/timeline/ - see this source material for more comprehensive, updated information.)==============================================================See below for an additional Junior Year College Prep Calendar and a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers...Files:
- Take SAT and ACT tests.
- Prospective college athletes who plan to play Division I or Division II sports, register at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Practice writing applications, essays, resumes, etc.
- Narrow list of colleges to 6 - 10 schools and note admissions req’s.
- Create a calendar of all admissions and financial aid deadlines.
- Research scholarships online.
- Participate in summer internships.
- Visit colleges – call in advance for tour/open house dates/times.
- Register early for Fall SAT and ACT tests.
- Determine if you will apply to colleges’ early decision or early action programs and note application deadlines.