Presentation on theme: "Welcome to…. Your Junior Year!"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to…. Your Junior Year! Once a Falcon Always a falcon!!
2 Credits Required for Graduation: Are you on track? SubjectRegentsRegents with A.D.English4Social StudiesMath3ScienceArt/Music1Health.5PE2LOTE**can do 5 credits in Business, Tech, Art, Music or BOCESElectives3.51.5Total22 Credits22 credits
3 Regents Exams Required for Graduation SubjectRegentsRegents w/ A.D.English1- ELA 11Social Studies2- Global & US2- Global and USMath1-Math3- Algebra, Geometry and TrigScience1-any science2- Living Env. & Chemistry or Earth Science, or PhysicsLOTE1Total5 exams9 Exams
4 College credit in High school! Niagara Wheatfield offers many classes that you can take to earn college creditAdvanced PlacementNCCCWorld History (10th)Topics in Leadership (10th, 11th, 12th) 3 creditsU.S. History (11th)Precalculus (11th, 12th) 4 creditsStatistics (11th, 12th)French 4 (11th, 12th) 3 creditsStudio in Art (11th, 12th)French 5 (12th) 3 creditsPhysics (11th, 12th)Spanish 4 (11th, 12th) 3 creditsBiology (11th, 12th)Spanish 5 (11th, 12th) 3 creditsChemistry (11th, 12th)Intro/ Adv. Marketing (12th) 3 creditsEnglish: Literature and Composition (12th)College Composition I (12th) 3 creditsMacroeconomics (12th)College Composition II (12th) 3 creditsGovernment and Politics (12th)Calculus (12th) 4 creditsCalculus (12th)
5 IMPORTANT JUNIOR YEAR TESTS A Quick Review:PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP
7 Timeline April October November December February May June 2nd -ASVAB19th -PSAT26th –ACT (Registration deadline 27th)November2nd-SAT (registration deadline October 3rd)December7th-SAT (registration deadline November 8th)14TH ACT (Registration deadline Nov. 8th)February4th – College NW (6:00 PM-8:00 PM - ALC)AprilNational College Fair April 8 -9 Buffalo Convention CenterFinalize course selections for senior year12th- ACT at NW (registration deadline March 7th)May3rd- NW (registration deadline April 4th)June7th- NW (registration Deadline May 9th)
8 PSAT Exam Saturday- October 19th 7:30am-11:30am Cost: $25- Cash Only!!!REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 10thSign up in the Counseling Center!
9 PSAT Exam ContentCritical Reading: 2-25 Minute Critical Reading Sections13 sentence completion35 passage based readingMathematics: 2-25 Minute28 multiple choice10 student produced responsesWriting: 1-30 Minute Writing Skills Section20 improving sentences14 identifying sentence errors5 improving paragraphsScoring: point scale for each section (80 highest possible score)Correct answer-earn 1 pointIncorrect anwer-1/4 point reduced from scoreOmitted questions-no points added, no points reducedIncorrect answer on math student produced response- nothing deducted
10 Standardized College Admission Exams SAT – This SAT is a 3 hour and 45 minute, primarily multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. Many colleges require SAT scores for admission.Subject Tests – Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiple- choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Check the requirements of the colleges you are considering. More selective colleges may require or recommend one or more Subject Tests for admission or placement.ACT – Assessment Test – A group of tests administered by ACT and required or recommended by many colleges. The tests measure educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning and are given at specified test centers throughout the year.NIAGARA WHEATFIELD CEEB CODE:SAT Test Center Code:ACT Test Center Code –
11 Calculator Use for PSAT/SAT Scientific CalculatorGraphing CalculatorFour Function Calculator
12 Registration Deadline Registration Deadline SAT/ACT Dates* SAT and Subject Tests and ACT exams that are located at Niagara Wheatfield High SchoolTestDateRegistration DeadlineSATNov 2nd *Oct 3rdDec 7tht *Nov 8thJan 25thDec 27thMarch 8thFeb 7thMay 3rd *April 4thJune 7th *May 9th *TestDateRegistration DeadlineACTOct 26th *Sept 27thDec 14th *Nov 8thFeb 8thJan 10thApril 12th *March 7thJune 14thMay 9th
13 SAT, Scholastic Assessment Test Comparison ChartACTSAT, Scholastic Assessment Test$36.50, $52.50 with writing$51.00Measures academic achievement in English, Math, Reading and Science ReasoningDesigned to measure academic aptitude in critical reading, math and writingEach part 25% of scoreCR 1/3, Math 1/3, Writing 1/3Scored based on number of correct answers. No penalty for guessing.Earn points for correct answers. Lose ¼ of a point for wrong answers. No penalty for not answering.Scoring scale 1-36Scoring scale for each section , sum up of all three areas
14 GENERAL TESTING INFORMATION Why should I take the SAT or ACT Exams? Most two and four year colleges require students to take at least one college entrance exam as a requirement to be considered for admission.When do I take the exams? The “rule of thumb” is to take the SAT exam once in the spring of your junior year and once in the fall of your senior year. Most colleges will take your highest combined score so it is to your benefit to take them at least one time. The ACT exam should be taken, once, either in the junior or senior year.What is the benefit of taking both the SAT and ACT exams? Colleges will take either your highest ACT or SAT score. Most kids tend to do better on one than the other.Where do I take the exams? Niagara Wheatfield offers the SAT exam 4 times during the school year and the ACT exam 3 times during the school year. If you are not available on those test dates, you may take them at a local area school that offers them on different dates.
15 GENERAL TESTING INFORMATION, cont. How do I register for the exams? You may pick up a registration packet either in the Counseling or Career Centers or you may register online. You can register for the SAT at and the ACT at It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you register for the exam before the registration deadline.Is the writing section on the ACT and SAT exam optional? The writing exam IS optional for the ACT exam, however it is NOT optional for the SAT. Many colleges are now requiring a writing score for any kids planning on entering college in the fall of 2006 and after.What are the Subject Tests? These are specific subject area tests that some of the more competitive colleges may require you to take. You must check with the colleges you are applying to see if they are required.How do I receive the test accommodations stated on my IEP or 504 Plan? You must fill out an additional application and have your accommodations approved in advance of taking the exams. See your counselor to pick up the accommodation form.
16 New SAT Security Measures! Students will need to upload a photo when they register on- line for the SATThe photo must be of the STUDENT ONLY! A clear photo of the face is necessary.You MUST bring Photo ID (license, passport, permit, school ID, etc.) AND your Registration Form to the exam or you will not be admitted!!!!!!
20 Top Factors in College Admissions Decisions (National Association of College Admissions Counseling, 2008)FactorsPercentageFactorsPercentageGrades in College Prep Courses80%Strength of Curriculum64%Standardized Tests58%Grades in All Courses52%Essay/Writing Sample26%Demonstrated Interest22%Counselor Recommendation21%Teacher Recommendation20%Interview11%Student Activities7%Subject Tests (AP, etc)
21 Finding the Match: Values Research List Schools Visitation Group Schools
22 Values- Identify College Characteristics Distance from homeSize: small, medium, largeLocation: suburban, urban, small town, ruralMajors and educational programsCollege affiliationAcademic reputation
23 Values- Create Initial List of Schools Use values to create initial list of schoolsUse information of your knowing:Rigor of transcript- most importantSignificance of ACT and SATEssaysRecommendationsResume/activitiesIf your list is LARGE- further RESEARCH to refine list
24 Research- Refine List of Colleges College catalogs and Mrs. ReedCollege representativesCollege fairsParents, students, and alumniSchool counselor (duh) and teachersCounseling websiteProfessionals in the field of interest
25 Visitation- Check for campus visit Take a tourTalk with students and facultyInvestigate your academic programMeet with an admissions counselorVerify admissions requirementsInquire about a class visitDiscuss your chances of success: admission, graduation, placement, etc.Ask thoughtful, mindful, active questions!Have questions written out and ready!
26 Group Schools Safe Realistic Reach Group by decision policy Early ActionEarly DecisionRolling AdmissionsRegular AdmissionsOpen Admissions
27 Details- Application Process and Procedures Letters of recommendationAsk your teachersCoachesAdults who know your academic and extra-curricular work ethic and will write a positive letterHaving ACT and SAT reportedFollow Close DeadlinesFollow up with Teacher RecommendationsTranscript release form
28 There are things you should know… High School TranscriptsStudents making college visits during the fall should bring an “unofficial” copy of their transcript. Students can obtain these by calling the Counseling Center at Please keep in mind we need a THREE DAY advance notice to process the transcripts.Useful WebsitesACT Registration -SAT Registration/ College searches -Financial Aid and Scholarships - , orNW Counseling and Career Center -College Searches -SUNY Schools -Common Application
29 College Information Night February 4th , 2014The Niagara Wheatfield High School Counseling and Career Centers will host a College Information Night for parents of Juniors and Sophomores on February 4th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the ALC. Admissions Counselors from 5 local colleges and universities will be on hand for a panel discussion on the college admission's process. These counselors will also be available later in the evening for individual questions. There will also be a session on Standardized Tests (SATs/ACTs) and Financial Aid. Parents and their students are encouraged to attend!
30 11th Annual Buffalo National College Fair When: April 8 - 9, 2014 at 6pm-8:30pmWhere: Buffalo Convention CenterCost: FREE!Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet face to face with over 200 college admission representatives from local schools and schools throughout the country who will be able to answer questions and provide informational handoutsMultiple information sessions will be taking place throughout the evening for information on financial aid, essay writing, NCAA requirements, and many more aspects of the college preparation processThis is a great opportunity to get even more questions answered and learn about all of your options!
31 NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse Division 1 & 2 must meet eligibilityNCAA:FeeRequest your transcriptWhen do I register?You can register anytime after you compete 6 semesters of high school. Most students will register at the beginning of their senior yearHow do I qualify to participate in sports at a D I or II school?Complete minimum of 16 core coursesTake your SAT or ACTEligibility is determined by sliding scaleYou MUST have your SAT or ACT scores sent to NCAA directly from collegeboard or ACT. Scores on a high school transcript will NOT be acceptedNCAA code is 9999
33 Options for the Military ROTCReserve Officers Training CorpsProgram offered at many colleges and universitiesVisit for informationMilitary AcademiesPrepare for a career in the armed forcesArmy, Navy Air Force, MarinesEntering the Military after graduationDiscuss options with your familyContact a recruiter for more information
34 Trade SchoolsTrade Schools differ from other schools by typically only taking classes directly related to your fieldBOCES programsCosmetology, Plumbing, Auto, Heating and Cooling, Conservation, Food Service, Welding, etc.Can attend BOCES after graduation, but must pay tuitionSee Mrs. Reed for more information!
35 Employment after Graduation Read the Want Ads regularlyAttend Job FairsCivil Service PositionsEmployment through the federal, state, or city governmentMust take Civil Service ExamsContact the Employment Training Office through Niagara CountyGet assistance with resumes and finding employment
36 WHERE DO I TURN TO ASK QUESTIONS? COUNSELORCAREER CENTERCOLLEGE WEBSITES
37 Have a GREAT year!Make the most of it…You’re almost there!