Intro: Mapping Your Road

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College still seems so far away even for a HS sophomore. But note that every grade counts. So do you best in high school. Colleges look at every grade.

Use your sophomore year to map out your college plans

  • Meet with Your Guidance Department:
    design an academic blueprint for your sophomore, junior and senior years that ensure that you complete all of the required courses for college entrance.
  • Develop Strong Academic Skills:
    continue developing those all important vocabulary, math, reading and problem-solving skills
    amazon bestsellers: study guides
  • Become familiar with the college entrance exams:
    namely the SAT and/or ACT. Plan to take some practice tests using PSAT practice booklets (see below).
  • Develop those All-Important Extracurricular Skills:
    colleges love students who not only have strong academic backgrounds but also students who show interest in outside activities.
  • Become familiar with the College Planning Process:
    link through the college planning calendar for juniors and seniors to get an idea what you need to do. See college planning calendar
  • Start Saving Your Money:
    every dime counts when you think about college costs and personal needs. Having a cash fund will make college a fun experience.

Review College Exams

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Get with your guidance counselor (or teachers, if you don't have access to a 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.


    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

    View our advanced placement prep/study guides:
    includes prep planning books and other reading materials that can help you with these exams: view AP 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.

You will take these exams in your junior year. So get some practice with the college entrance "preparation" exams. It will help on the day of the real exam.

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

View our advanced placement prep/study guides:
includes prep planning books and other reading materials that can help you with these exams:

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.

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

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.

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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

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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:

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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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