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1 The ABC’s of College Planning
Are You Ready?

2 This is Part Two of a Series
Part Three- In early September, an evening on the college application process Part Four – In the fall, senior individual meetings Part Five - January Financial Aid night for the FAFSA

3 2014 Graduation Requirements
120 Credits Required courses for graduation: 4 years of English, 4 years of History, 4 years of Physical Education, 3 years of Math, 3 years of Science, 1 year of Foreign Language, 1 year of visual & performing arts, 1 year of 21st Century Life and Careers including Instructional Technology, Financial Literacy Passing the HSPA


5 Types of Colleges & Universities
Two-year Colleges Colleges/Universities Technical Institutes Service Academies Career Schools

6 Most Important Factors for College Acceptance
The Transcript – by far the single most important document GPA Test scores on the SAT or ACT Activities and Community Service The Essay

7 The Admission Process How Admission Decisions Are Made
Academic Record Strength of course load Overall performance from grades 9-12 Overall grade point average

8 The Admission’s Process
Honors & Awards Extracurricular and Personal Activities The College Essay Personal Interview Special Categories: Athletes, leaders, artists, musicians, geographically diverse students, economically and/educationally disadvantaged students.

9 Recommendations From Your Counselor
College Resume Senior Information Questionnaire and Parent Brag Sheet

10 PSAT Excellent tool for SAT preparation
Gives each student a comprehensive report outlining strengths and weaknesses Junior year PSAT scores enter students for the National Merit scholarship program “My Road”

11 The ABC's of College Planning
4 Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Scores Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Skills Your Answers 3 Test Sections Critical Reading Note to Presenter: Use this PowerPoint presentation to help your students understand their PSAT/NMSQT results and benefit from the feedback provided on their score reports. The notes provided throughout the presentation can be read aloud to students or used simply as reference information. There are 4 major parts to the PSAT/NMSQT Score Report: -Your Scores -Your Skills -Your Answers -Next Steps The score report shows how you performed on each of the three sections of the PSAT/NMSQT: -Critical Reading -Mathematics -Writing Skills Mathematics Writing Skills Next Steps

12 Websites
My College Quick Start for career tests, personality assessments, college majors, college search

13 The ABC's of College Planning
My College QuickStart My College QuickStart My College QuickStart is a free personalized college planning kit based on your PSAT/NMSQT results. Your kit has four parts: My Online Score Report: Review your online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report—you'll be able to sort answers and explanations by difficulty and question type. You'll also be able to view projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and more. My SAT Study Plan: Prepare for the SAT with a customized study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses, as determined by your PSAT/NMSQT performance.* My College Matches: Get a starter list of colleges to explore based on the information you provided when you took the PSAT/NMSQT. Refine and customize your list to fit the college criteria that are important to you. My Major & Career Matches: View a personalized list of suggested majors and careers, based on the information you provided when you took the PSAT/NMSQT. Use MyRoad to take a personality test and learn more about majors and careers that fit your strengths and interests. * My SAT Study Plan is only available to high school students.

14 Admission Process Standardized Tests: SAT I ACT SAT II TOEFL

15 SAT Application Information
Ocean Township High School code – Test Center – Testing Dates – Check registration deadlines on web site Photo ID required and must print out admission ticket with photo on test day Special Circumstances: Fee waivers, Sunday testing, testing for students with disabilities

16 SAT
The ABC's of College Planning SAT Test Dates January 26, 2013 March 09, 2013 May 4, 2013 June 1, 2013 Registration December 28, 2012 February 08, 2013 April 5, 2013 May 2, 2013

17 The SAT Critical reading : analogies eliminated, short reading passages added to existing long reading passages. Math : math content expanded include topics from third year college prep math. Quantitative comparisons eliminated. Writing: multiple-choice questions on grammar and usage and student written essay

18 ACT Assessment
National college admission examination that consists of tests in: English, Math, Reading, Science and an optional Writing test. What scores are reported: English (1-36), Math (1-36), Reading (1-36), Science (1-36), Writing (1-36) What colleges are looking for: highly selective 27-31, selective 22-27, traditional 20-23, liberal 18-21, open

19 The ABC's of College Planning
ACT Act Test Dates Test Dates Feb. 09, 2013 April 13, 2013 June 08, 2013 Registration Jan 11, 2013 March 08, 2013 May 03, 2013

20 Schools that Do Not Require Test scores for Admission Consideration

21 It’s Time To Begin Your Search
Curriculum Major Geographic Location Setting Size Student Body Admission Policy Campus Life Athletes Special Programs Services Housing Other Important Factors Cost

22 College Search Resources
Naviance Online resources and websites College’s own website College Fairs

23 Naviance

24 Naviance Junior Parent Tutorial
The ABC's of College Planning Naviance Junior Parent Tutorial

25 College Fairs and Campus Visits April 22, 2013-College Brookdale Community College (200 college Representatives) Meet with college representatives at college fairs Visit the campus-open house Keep a campus profile page on each school

26 Types of Admissions Rolling Admissions Priority Deadlines Early Action Early Decision Regular

27 Your Final List Reach schools - present an admission challenge
Realistic schools - admission standards closely match your qualifications Foundation schools - your academic achievement exceeds the admission criteria

28 NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association
The NCAA Clearinghouse will certify all athletes for division I & II An athlete needs to register the beginning of his or her senior year. An NCAA Guide and student release form are available on line at Eligibility is based on courses completed, grades and quality points and an SAT/ACT score

29 Schedule For College Planning
February/March Begin to prepare a list of colleges to explore Prepare for the SAT’s using Naviance method test prep Take the SAT/ACT April Make visits to campuses for tours, open houses, etc. Take an ACT Attend the Monmouth County college fair in April at Brookdale Community college-April 22, 2013 May Take the SAT Request letters of recommendation from your teachers Resume in Naviance June Another chance to take the SAT I or SAT II Continue to visit schools, refine your list

30 This Summer: Do Something Productive
The ABC's of College Planning This Summer: Do Something Productive Work, volunteer, study If unhappy with the first SAT scores, study using Naviance method test prep Think about/write essays for the college applications Create a college resume-can do this on Naviance

31 Ways Parents Can Be Helpful
Assess the financial and academic possibilities upfront Develop a thoughtful college list Visit colleges Help keep track of deadlines. Be positive, realistic and supportive Seek financial aid-services should be FREE. You should never be charged for FAFSA completion

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