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1 The ABCs 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 21 st Century Life and Careers including Instructional Technology, Financial Literacy Passing the HSPA


5 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 Admissions 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 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 Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Results 4 Major Parts of Your PSAT/NMSQT Results Your Scores Your Skills Your Answers Critical Reading Mathematics Writing Skills Next Steps 3 Test Sections

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

13 My College QuickStart

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

15 SAT Application Information Ocean Township High School code – 311039 Test Center – 31-604 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 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 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 17-20.

19 ACT 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 Its Time To Begin Your Search Curriculum Major Geographic Location SettingSize Student Body Admission Policy Campus Life Athletes Special Programs ServicesHousing Other Important Factors Cost

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

23 Naviance

24 Naviance Junior Parent Tutorial

25 College Fairs and Campus Visits April 22, 2013-College Fair @ 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


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 SATs 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 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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