8You’re a Great Coach!Discuss your values, expectations and concerns about collegeAssist your child in determining critical factors when looking for schoolsHelp your child map out a plan that includes searching, visitations, applications, scholarships and decision makingEncourage your child to take ownership of the process
9Parent No-No’s Searching for the school of your choice Filling out your child’s applicationWriting your child’s college essayTaking over the process when your child isn’t willing to do the work
14Three Pieces of Information You and Your Child Needs to Know To Get Started. Student’s Cumulative GPAPSAT,SAT or ACT scoresAcademic Units
15Have an open discussion about what factors are important to you and your child.
16Individual Parent & Student Appointments Wednesday, Feb 27th -Evening hoursWednesday, March 5th – Evening hoursMarch 11 – March 14 – Daytime appointments from 8:30am to 1:00pmMarch 19th – Evening hoursWednesday, March 9th – Evening hoursPlease contact the guidance secretary to set up a meeting!
17Using TCCi / Family Connection On-line Resource for Planning & AdvisingOverview for Parents
18Overview 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?
19What is it?Web-based resource that supports course, career, and college planningSpecific to our schoolLinked with Counselor’s Office, a service that we use in the counseling office
20How is it accessed? Family Connection is on the Web Student accounts were issued last year to all studentsDon’t know your username or forgot your password?-Password can be reset on your own-See your counselor for help!
21What 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.
29How 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.
31ASVAB TESTING March 31, 2008ARMED SERVICES VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERYAvailable to Sophomores, Juniors and SeniorsIt 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!
32The ASVAB is a comprehensive career test that includes the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world.EXCELLENT TEST THAT EVALUATES SKILLS & INTERESTSThe 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
33Concerns 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
34Want to sign up for the ASVAB? Sign ups will be in early MarchSign up in the Guidance OfficeTest will be in the large gym – 3 hoursOver 150 students were tested last year.EXTREMELY POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTSContact Susan Miranda for any additional questions.
36Admissions Testing College SAT or ACT?Most students will need to take one of these testsSchools that do not require standardized test scores:Fair Test
37SAT Three sections: 800 points each Writing section VerbalMathWriting- NewWriting sectionHow they use it depends on the schoolOffered in May and June at North, and again in OctoberIt is offered elsewhere other monthsIt is OK to take SATs more than once, but there is no need to become excessive!
38SAT II Subjects: Literature Math level 1 & 2 Physics, Bio, Chemistry Foreign LanguagesAmerican HistoryWorld HistoryShould take a math and a second one of your choice
39SAT 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 scoredWho 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 requiredWhen? …..This spring and next fall (Oct, Nov)
40ACT SAT’s competition, accepted universally You do not NEED to take it, just another option INSTEAD of the SATMake sure you sign up for the writing test.
41SAT VS. ACT?? Who should take ACT? English language learners Students curious about scienceStrong readers
42Strong vocabulary Despise science Who should take SAT? Take a practice test and decide which test you want to prep for: do not take both! When?April, June, & October
43Where 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, & OctBridgewater-Raritan & Hunterdon Central (among others), offer ACT’s
44Where do I register? www.collegeboard.com www.act.org 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
45Test 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
48Before Planning a Visit Assess YourselfAcademic Areas of Interest(Possible Majors)PSATInterest InventoriesTalent and Skills Assessments
49Before Planning a Visit Develop a Profile of YOUR CollegeLarge or SmallUrban, Suburban or RuralWhat part of the country?Price Range
50Before Planning a Visit Gather InformationTalk to your family and friendsCollege Web SearchRequest Viewbooks and Materials from colleges of interestRegister for SAT or ACT
51Before Planning a Visit Get Organized!Put together a college resumeGet transcripts togetherDevelop a college portfolio or chart (checklist)Look at possible interview questions
52Start Planning What schools should I visit? Schools that offer your major of interestSchools that fit your profileSchools where you can beSuccessful AcademicallyStimulated IntellectuallyHappy Socially
53Start Planning When should I visit? Best when classes are in session President’s WeekendSpring Recess: March 21-28Late Summer if classes start earlySummer Orientations
54Start Planning Typical scheduled visits last 2 to 3 hours Try not to do more than 2 per dayOvernight visits can give you a much better perspective
55Before the VisitCall to schedule a visit at least 2 weeks ahead of timeMake sure you get clear directions so you get there on time (first impression)
56Before the VisitMake arrangements to see specific people or areas you want to seeAsk about Open HouseIf you need to cancel, call ASAP
57During Your Visit Be a Good Detective Ask people questions Listen in on conversationsTake notesVisit your area of interestLabs, classrooms, facilities
58During Your Visit Sit in on a class Look at the housing Look at bulletin board postingsRead the school newspaperLook at the athletic facilities
59During Your Visit Show you are INVESTED Arrange for an interview Plan a second visit (possibly overnight)Ask specific questionsTell them what you like about the school
60Be Ready If You Have an Interview Purpose:To gather information about youTo evaluate how you and the school match upTo recruit you by showing off the school
61Be Ready If You Have an Interview Prepare some possible answers to questionsDon’t be afraid to show your weakness, it makes you more interesting and believableShow how you will be good for the institution
62Before You Leave Check out the surrounding town/ city Say Thank You Drive or walk around the entire campusBeyond the tour routeCheck out the surrounding town/ citySocial LifeSafety
63After Your Visit Write a note of appreciation to admissions staff Make sure you have contact informationStay in contact with the schoolShare your visit with your teachers and counselor
64Open House: What to Expect Large Group meeting with all prospective studentsSmall group guided tours highlighting specific featuresReturn to the large group for follow up informationTake time to fill out the forms or cards- colleges track student visitations!
65Good Luck School Shopping! If you can’t get there in person, take a virtual tour
66A 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.
67Please contact your school counselor if you have questions or concerns Please contact your school counselor if you have questions or concerns! We are here to help.