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1 1 North Hunterdon High School Junior College Workshop Guiding Your Child Through College Admissions

2 2 “The College Process” Topics to be covered this evening:  Welcome & Introduction….  College Essay Writing & Teacher Recommendations – Irene Dolan  College is Different for Every Family…

3 3 Roles of the parent and student in the college processRoles of the parent and student in the college process Tcci/Naviance – Family Connections &Web based resourcesTcci/Naviance – Family Connections &Web based resources ASVAB TestingASVAB Testing College Admissions TestingCollege Admissions Testing SAT vs. ACT SAT vs. ACT

4 4  College Visitations  College Recommendations & Junior Packets  Applications Procedures, Transcripts & the School Profile  Questions

5 5 Everything you see here tonight can be accessed on our webpage!

6 6 Feeling Confused, Worried, Anxious?

7 7 College is a Family Decision.

8 8 You’re a Great Coach!  Discuss your values, expectations and concerns about college  Assist your child in determining critical factors when looking for schools  Help your child map out a plan that includes searching, visitations, applications, scholarships and decision making  Encourage your child to take ownership of the process

9 9 Parent No-No’s  Searching for the school of your choice  Filling out your child’s application  Writing your child’s college essay  Taking over the process when your child isn’t willing to do the work

10 10 H/family/02/04/hm.helicopter.par ents/index.html#cnnSTCVideo H/family/02/04/hm.helicopter.par ents/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

11 11 Communication is KEY!  Preparation for college requires communication and planning between you, your child and your school counselor

12 12 Planning is Important!

13 13 Be careful to get accurate information!

14 14 Three Pieces of Information You and Your Child Needs to Know To Get Started.  Student’s Cumulative GPA  PSAT,SAT or ACT scores  Academic Units

15 15 Have an open discussion about what factors are important to you and your child.

16 16 Individual Parent & Student Appointments  Wednesday, Feb 27 th -Evening hours  Wednesday, March 5 th – Evening hours  March 11 – March 14 – Daytime appointments from 8:30am to 1:00pm  March 19 th – Evening hours  Wednesday, March 9 th – Evening hours  Please contact the guidance secretary to set up a meeting!

17 17 Using TCCi / Family Connection On-line Resource for Planning & Advising Overview for Parents

18 18 Overview  What is Family Connection?  How do I access it?  How do you register?  What can I do with it?  How does it help career and college planning?

19 19 What is it?  Web-based resource that supports course, career, and college planning  Specific to our school  Linked with Counselor’s Office, a service that we use in the counseling office

20 20 How is it accessed?  Family Connection is on the Web –http://connection.naviance.com/NHHS  Student accounts were issued last year to all students  Don’t know your username or forgot your password? -Password can be reset on your own -See your counselor for help !

21 21 What can it do?  Share plans between parent, child & counselor.  Complete surveys.  Compare colleges.  Links to selected third-party resources.  Track deadlines.  Produce scatter grams.  Show schedule of college visits.

22 22 Main Page

23 23 After Sign in

24 24 College Profile

25 25 Surveys

26 26 College Comparison

27 27 Scattergram

28 28 Visitation Schedule

29 29 How does it help?  Shared resource linking home to school.  On-line tool for collaboration among counselors, students, and parents.  Accurate, complete records about student choices from our school.  Realistic assessments of your child’s chances of admission at colleges where prior graduates have applied.

30 30 Other Resources    

31 31 ASVAB TESTING March 31, 2008 ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY  Available to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors  It is important to note that signing up for this test does not imply that a student is interested in the military and is not obligated to any of the armed services for taking the test!

32 32  The ASVAB is a comprehensive career test that includes the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world.  EXCELLENT TEST THAT EVALUATES SKILLS & INTERESTS  The ASVAB consists of eight tests containing 200 items and requires three hours to complete. The sections include the following: General science, Arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, and auto/ shop information, mechanical comprehension.  Estimates their performance in academic and vocational endeavors and will identify potentially satisfying careers

33 33 Concerns about the military contacting you???  Students are under no obligation to speak to the military and will not be pressured by the military branches assisting us with the ASVAB.  We are required by the NCLB law to provide the military with “directory information” for any student who has not opted out of directory list in writing. For more information, see the District Website

34 34 Want to sign up for the ASVAB?  Sign ups will be in early March  Sign up in the Guidance Office  Test will be in the large gym – 3 hours  Over 150 students were tested last year.  EXTREMELY POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS  Contact Susan Miranda for any additional questions.

35 35 SAT vs. ACT

36 36 Admissions Testing College  SAT or ACT?  Most students will need to take one of these tests  Schools that do not require standardized test scores:  Fair Test Fair Test Fair Test

37 37 SAT  Three sections: 800 points each  Verbal  Math  Writing- New  Writing section  How they use it depends on the school  Offered in May and June at North, and again in October  It is offered elsewhere other months  It is OK to take SATs more than once, but there is no need to become excessive!

38 38 SAT II  Subjects:  Literature  Math level 1 & 2  Physics, Bio, Chemistry  Foreign Languages  American History  World History  Should take a math and a second one of your choice

39 39 SAT II continued  Each test is 1 hour long  Given the same days as the SAT, can take up to 3 in a day (not recommended!)  Also scored  Who should take these? –Students applying to colleges that want them- Check each school you want to apply to! –Students with strengths they wish to high light. –Taking an AP class, perhaps schedule the SAT II around the same time. –Some colleges will use good scores even if they are not required  When? ….. This spring and next fall (Oct, Nov)

40 40 ACT  SAT’s competition, accepted universally  You do not NEED to take it, just another option INSTEAD of the SAT  Make sure you sign up for the writing test.

41 41 SAT VS. ACT??  Who should take ACT?  English language learners  Students curious about science  Strong readers

42 42  Who should take SAT? –Strong vocabulary –Despise science  Take a practice test and decide which test you want to prep for: do not take both! When?  April, June, & October

43 43 Where do I take the test?  Location is only a convenience- you can take it anywhere.  Register early to have your first preference!  North offers SATs in May, June, & Oct  Bridgewater-Raritan & Hunterdon Central (among others), offer ACT’s

44 44 Where do I register?    At least 6 weeks in advance!  You will need our school code:  Be sure to request scores to be sent to colleges at time of test registration- save you money

45 45 Test Prep Courses  Who should take them?  Anyone who will take them seriously! We have a list of resources in the guidance office- it’s of no help to take a prep class and not do the work!  When should you take them?  Just before the test will be taken.- too far in advance and you forget the information

46 46 College Visitations

47 47

48 48 Before Planning a Visit  Assess Yourself –Academic Areas of Interest  (Possible Majors) –PSAT –Interest Inventories –Talent and Skills Assessments

49 49 Before Planning a Visit  Develop a Profile of YOUR College –Large or Small –Urban, Suburban or Rural –What part of the country? –Price Range

50 50 Before Planning a Visit  Gather Information –Talk to your family and friends –College Web Search –Request Viewbooks and Materials from colleges of interest –Register for SAT or ACT

51 51 Before Planning a Visit  Get Organized! –Put together a college resume –Get transcripts together –Develop a college portfolio or chart (checklist) –Look at possible interview questions

52 52 Start Planning  What schools should I visit? –Schools that offer your major of interest –Schools that fit your profile –Schools where you can be –Successful Academically –Stimulated Intellectually –Happy Socially

53 53 Start Planning  When should I visit? –Best when classes are in session –President’s Weekend –Spring Recess: March –Late Summer if classes start early –Summer Orientations

54 54 Start Planning  Typical scheduled visits last 2 to 3 hours  Try not to do more than 2 per day  Overnight visits can give you a much better perspective

55 55 Before the Visit  Call to schedule a visit at least 2 weeks ahead of time  Make sure you get clear directions so you get there on time (first impression)

56 56 Before the Visit  Make arrangements to see specific people or areas you want to see  Ask about Open House  If you need to cancel, call ASAP

57 57 During Your Visit  Be a Good Detective –Ask people questions –Listen in on conversations –Take notes –Visit your area of interest  Labs, classrooms, facilities

58 58 During Your Visit  Sit in on a class  Look at the housing  Look at bulletin board postings  Read the school newspaper  Look at the athletic facilities

59 59 During Your Visit  Show you are INVESTED –Arrange for an interview –Plan a second visit (possibly overnight) –Ask specific questions –Tell them what you like about the school

60 60 Be Ready If You Have an Interview  Purpose: –To gather information about you –To evaluate how you and the school match up –To recruit you by showing off the school

61 61  Prepare some possible answers to questions  Don’t be afraid to show your weakness, it makes you more interesting and believable  Show how you will be good for the institution Be Ready If You Have an Interview

62 62 Before You Leave  Say Thank You  Drive or walk around the entire campus –Beyond the tour route  Check out the surrounding town/ city –Social Life –Safety

63 63 After Your Visit  Write a note of appreciation to admissions staff  Make sure you have contact information  Stay in contact with the school  Share your visit with your teachers and counselor

64 64 Open House: What to Expect  Large Group meeting with all prospective students  Small group guided tours highlighting specific features  Return to the large group for follow up information  Take time to fill out the forms or cards- colleges track student visitations!

65 65 Good Luck School Shopping!  If you can’t get there in person, take a virtual tour

66 66 A Word of Caution…. Questions, concerns and road blocks will come up throughout the admissions process. This is natural and can be frustrating for parents and students. Questions, concerns and road blocks will come up throughout the admissions process. This is natural and can be frustrating for parents and students.

67 67 Please contact your school counselor if you have questions or concerns! We are here to help.

68 68 Questions or Concerns???


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