Introduction: Preparing for College

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Going to college requires some prep to understand what college means to you. Use this module to understand your strengths, your career pursuits and talents to select the right college or vocational school for your education and career objectives.

Understand that the most important criteria in college acceptance is good grades. So don't slip your senior year. These grades are important.

When You Should Complete These Tasks

Why Go to College

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Spend time researching future career opportunities to help decide what you want out of college. You need to answer the question:

"Is college or trade school right for me?"

To answer this question, research job statistics, employment trends, and collegiate majors using our quick reference guide below. Then evaluate your aptitude skills (in the 3rd topic) for different career disciplines.

Research Information n' References

Find out what jobs are going to be hot and what's jobs will not. This will help you decide whether to go to college, vocational school or jump right into your career:

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

occupational outlook by category: provides insight on the training need, work environment, earnings, expected job prospects and more. It's a valuable resource to help decide what career you may like.
bls.gov/oco

projections on what's hot and what's not. Includes employment statistics and the fastest growing careers:
bls.gov/emp

 

Individual State Labor Statistics:

occupational projections by state and region — helps determine where you may need to locate for the best growth
projectionscentral.com

Link to individual State economic, job and occupation trends:

 

Job and Salary Check

check our two great resources regarding job opportunities, requirement and salary ranges.

  1. search jobs that fall within your interest. View education and experience requirements. See what the employer is looking for in a candidate.
  2. next look at salaries within regions to get an idea what some careers pay:
search jobs within your interest
check salaries within regions

Get To Know Yourself

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View some career and personal self-assessment tests to determine your aptitude and character for career opportunities. The last thing you want is to start college in a career that you will not like.

By understanding your personality type, it will help determine what career opportunity will bring you the most satisfaction.

Personality Information n' References

Start with defining your personality type:

Take this online quiz to get a non-test based review of your personality type and careers that may be of interest personalitytype.com

another test-based online character assessment:
advisorteam.com

 

About self-assessment tests:

You can view more information about personal assessments and how they can measure your personality traits for jobs and other life-events:

Kinds of self assessment tests:
summary of personality assessment test and which tests work for careers:
humanmetrics.com

about the Myers & Briggs self assessment test:
myersbriggs.org
about the Keisey Temperament assessment:
keirsey.com

 

What to shape a better you?

How to build a well-rounded character:
discusses how planning, discipline and timely execution can build a better you for success:

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Complete guide on discipline and character building. Has illustrations on the building blocks of success.

view our "building success" module

Decide Your College Major

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By understanding who you are and what you like, you can now explore career opportunities that will be most satisfying to you:

  • Evaluate Your Career Interests:
    your first step in finding the right career is to evaluate what you would like to do and what career fits your overall aptitude careerkey.org
  • Understand your interests and career relationship:
    online career assessments for a small fee
    Strong Interest Inventory®

Explore What's Required for Your Career

See what will be required in order to achieve your dream:

  • Visit collegeboard.org for in-depth review of collegiate majors.
    Requires log-in: www.MyRoad.com

    What do you want to be?
    Interest measurement based on varying fields of study: jvis.com
  • Do you have the aptitude skills for your selected major?
    Learn more about this Vocational Aptitude exam that measures several aptitudes in mathematics, general science, reasoning, and other.

    The exam is used by the armed forces in place candidates in select career fields — by taking the exam, however, does not imply that you are enlisting for any armed service:
    asvabprogram.com

Could you become a Wall Street trader?
Test your skills!

 

Get Ready for College Exams

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Discuss with your guidance counselor about the following college exams:

  • Advance Placement Exams:
    you should consider taking Advanced Placement Exams or CLEP tests in your Junior and Senior years. This allows you to test out of some college courses that can save you time and money.

    The exams are administered each year in the Spring with some preparation required prior to the exam. Check with your school for exam administration, enrollment and information.
    amazon bestsellers: AP exam prep
  • College Entrance Exams:
    almost all colleges and some trade programs require a college entrance exam. These exams measure your ability to understand college-level materials.

    Most colleges require the SAT college exam; some require the ACT Assessment exam. A few college will require both exams. So check with your college which exam will be required.

More About These Exams

Information about the advanced placement program:

The collegeboard administers the AP exams. This site has all the information you need including test programs and dates:
visit collegeboard.com for more information

 

College Entrance Exams:

Almost all colleges and some trade programs require a college entrance exam. These exams measure your ability to understand college-level materials. Most colleges require the SAT college exam; some require the ACT Assessment exam. A few college will require both exams. So check with your college which exam will be required.

You will take these exams in your junior year with a possible retake in your senior year. You must take the exams in the Fall so that your scores can be sent to your schools.

SAT/ACT exam prep and samples

 

Get some practice with the college entrance "preparation" exams

It will help on the day of the real exam.

Why take college prep exams:

  • to help prepare for the real test. You will be familiar with the type of questions being asked
  • to help you take tests under time lines. It is important that you work quickly so that you can complete the entire test.
  • to view your strengths and weaknesses for college study. You can then focus on areas to improve your skills.
  • to view how your performance compares with other students who are applying for college

 

About the SAT Tests

SAT Reasoning
The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour test that measures a student's ability to reason problems instead of general knowledge. It has three sections: writing, critical reading, and math. Most of the questions are multiple-choice.

SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests measure the student's knowledge in specific subjects: English, mathematics, history, science, and languages. SAT Subject Tests are primarily multiple-choice, and each lasts one hour.

more information: collegeboard.org


Information about the PSAT (practice exams):

the PSAT is the test prep exam for the SAT tests. The PSAT is usually offered in October and November through your school. Check with your school counselor for dates.

more information: see collegeboard.org for information


About the ACT Tests

The ACT Assessment® is used by some colleges. The exam has four multiple-choice tests: English, reading, mathematics, and science reasoning.

more information: actstudent.org


ACT test preparation:

some colleges use the ACT test. You need to check your college to determine which test they use for admittance. Many students will take both the SAT and ACT so that they have the right exams for the college of their choice

more information: actstudent.org about ACT exams

Meet With Your Guidance Counselor

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Research what you want to do after graduating from high school. You need to answer the question:

"Is college, junior college or trade school right for me?"

To answer this question, research job statistics, employment trends, and collegiate majors using our quick tools below. Then evaluate your aptitude skills for different career disciplines.

First Step: Meet With Your Guidance Counselors

Get with your guidance counselor (or school administrator or teacher) as soon as you can to discuss your post-high school plans.

Items to coordinate with your guidance counselor:

  • the availability of and enrollment in Advanced Placement classes
  • the schedules for the college entrance exams (includes SAT I and II, and ACT). Discuss with your counselor on the exam required to get into your college of choice
  • the admission requirements to college including GPA, credits, exam type and scores, etc.
  • discuss whether or not you need to send official copies of your transcripts at the time of application.
  • note if you are doing early submission so that your transcripts can be sent in to meet early admission deadlines.
  • review all other information related to your college planning tasks.

Let's Start On The Right Foot

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The most important criteria in college acceptance is good grades. So don't slip your senior year. These grades are important.

Now is the time to build a successful future

Success in college and your career requires planning, discipline, and execution.

Go to: College Search

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Make It Happen!

How?

By building the discipline in four distinct character traits.

1) physical
2) educational
3) social
4) spiritual

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Making the Move!

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What do you need when you move to college?

1) bed sheets
2) toothbrush
3) cooling fan
4) medicine box
5) hand vac
6) plus so much more

Grab our college moving checklist to help you pack for the big move

FREE: Moving Checklist

Save on Textbooks

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The cost of college textbooks can run as high as $800-$1,000 or more per semester. So shop around for:

1) new textbooks
2) used textbooks
3) rental textbooks

Shop and compare best deals from multiple online merchants.

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Job Center

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So what kind of jobs are availabe in your study at college?

Let's take a look to see if opportunities in your field are available and what skills sets you need:

Link to Job Center

Achieving Success

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Achieving success in life requires 3 key ingredients:

1) planning
2) discipline
3) execution

Open our success module for FREE guides on these key success points.

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Helpful Tools

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How can we help with college planning?

1) planning forms
2) manage money tips
3) job search
4) financial guides
5) calculators
6) plus so much more

Jump over to our tool for college planning and financial decision making.

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