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  • SAT & PSAT

    About PSAT/NMSQT

    The PSAT will be given to any interested Sophomore or Junior on Wednesday, October 15, 2008. The testing period will begin at 8:00 am and conclude approximately 11:00 am.

    Why should you take the PSAT? The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:
    • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
    • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
    • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
    • to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
    • to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
    • Students must register in the guidance office to be allowed to take the PSAT.

    SAT and PSAT Registration and Test Preparation

    Registration packets for the SAT and ACT tests are available in the guidance office. For a list of test sites, registration procedures, and registration deadlines, check the registration packets or visit the following websites:

    ACT - http://www.actstudent.org

    SAT - http://www.collegeboard.com

    Test preparation materials are available in the guidance office.

    In addition to the ACT and SAT websites, students may find online test
    preparation resources at the following websites:

    Test Prep Review - http://www.testprepreview.com

    Number2.com - http://www.number2.com

    Seniors planning to apply to college should take the tests as soon as possible. Juniors are encouraged to take the test in the spring. North White's school code for the SAT and ACT is 152365.

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  • Freshman

    • As soon as you can, meet with your counselor to develop your 4 year plan and begin talking about colleges and careers.
    • Get off to a good start with your grades. The grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your high school GPA and class rank.
    • College might seem a long way off now, but grades really do count toward college admission and scholarships.
    • Explore your interests and possible careers.
    • Get involved in extracurricular activities (both school and non-school sponsored).
    • Keep track of awards and community service (important for college admissions and scholarships)

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  • Sophomore

    • In October, take the PSAT. When you fill out your test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them.
    • Become familiar with general college entrance requirements.
    • The people who read college applications aren't looking just for grades. Get involved in activities outside the classroom. Work toward leadership positions in the activities that you like best. Become involved in community service and other volunteer activities.
    • Keep your grades up so you can have the highest GPA and class rank possible.
    • Register with the vocational specialist to complete the Choices program.
    • Begin zeroing in on the type of college you would prefer (two-year or four-year, small or large, rural or urban).
    • If you are interested in attending a military academy, now is the time to start planning and getting information.
    • Write to colleges and ask for their academic requirements for admission.
    • Visit a few college campuses.
    • Attend college fairs.
    • Keep putting money away for college. Get a summer job.

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  • Junior

    • Take a long, hard look at why you want to continue your education after high school so you will be able to choose the best college or university for your needs.
    • Make a list of colleges that meet your most important criteria (size, location, distance from home, majors, academic rigor, housing, and cost). Weigh each of the factors according to their importance to you.
    • Check your class rank. Even if your grades haven't been that good so far, it's never too late to improve. Colleges like to see an upward trend.
    • If you didn't do so in the tenth grade, sign up for and take the PSAT.
    • If you didn't complete the Choices program in tenth grade, register with the vocational specialist to do so.
    • Make sure you have a social security number.
    • Speak to college representatives who visit your school.
    • If you want to participate in Division I or Division II sports in college, start the certification process.
    • Collect information about college application procedures, entrance requirements, tuition and fees, room and board costs, student activities, course offerings, faculty composition, accreditation, and financial aid.
    • Begin narrowing down your college choices.
    • Meet with your counselor to review senior year course selection and graduation requirements.
    • Stay involved with your extracurricular activities. Colleges look for consistency and depth in activities.
    • Consider whom you will ask to write your recommendations. Think about asking teachers who know you well and who will write positive letters about you. Letters from a coach, activity leader, or an adult who knows you well outside of school are also valuable.
    • Request applications from schools you're interested in by mail , via the Internet, or in the guidance office.
    • Visit the campuses of your top-five college choices.
    • Talk to people you know who have attended the colleges in which you are interested.
    • Volunteer in your community.

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  • Senior

    • Keep working on your grades.
    • Continue to participate in extracurricular and volunteer activities.
    • Make a calendar showing application deadlines for admission, financial aid, and scholarships.
    • Check resource books, computer programs, and your guidance office for information on scholarships and grants. Ask colleges about scholarships for which you may apply.
    • Submit college applications to schools by December 1
    • Attend financial aid workshops with your parents.
    • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Follow up to make sure that the colleges have received all application information.
    • Keep working hard in school.
    • Watch the mail for acceptance notifications from colleges.
    • Watch your mail for notification of financial aid awards.
    • Make your final college choice, and notify all schools of your intent by May 1.
    • Be sure that you have received a FAFSA acknowledgment.
    • Keep searching for financial aid opportunities.

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