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3 Factors considered in college admissions Class rank (6-semester cumulative GPA) Class rank (6-semester cumulative GPA) Demonstrated leadership Demonstrated leadership Employment status during high school Employment status during high school Extra- and co-curricular involvement Extra- and co-curricular involvement First-generation college student status First-generation college student status Legacy status Legacy status Letter(s) of recommendation Letter(s) of recommendation Life experiences Life experiences Obstacles overcome Obstacles overcome Potential contributions to diversity (breadth of experience, geography, ideology, lifestyle, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, world view) Potential contributions to diversity (breadth of experience, geography, ideology, lifestyle, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, world view) Quality of high school (% of graduates going to 4-year colleges) Quality of high school (% of graduates going to 4-year colleges) Significant extenuating circumstances Significant extenuating circumstances Socioeconomic status Socioeconomic status Special abilities, talents, and achievements Special abilities, talents, and achievements Standardized test scores Standardized test scores Strength of high school curriculum (depth in each subject area, honors or accelerated courses, AP/IB courses) Strength of high school curriculum (depth in each subject area, honors or accelerated courses, AP/IB courses) Strong, ongoing commitment to social service and/or volunteer activities Strong, ongoing commitment to social service and/or volunteer activities Writing ability Writing ability

4 College/Career Readiness Factors Grades in College Prep Courses83.4% Grades in College Prep Courses83.4% Strength of Curriculum65.7% Strength of Curriculum65.7% Admission Test Scores (ACT/SAT)59.3% Admission Test Scores (ACT/SAT)59.3% Grades in All Courses46.2% Grades in All Courses46.2% Essay or Writing Sample26.6% Essay or Writing Sample26.6%___________________________________________________ Student Demonstrated Interest (Interview)23.0% Student Demonstrated Interest (Interview)23.0% Counselor Recommendation19.4% Counselor Recommendation19.4% Teacher Recommendation19.0% Teacher Recommendation19.0% 2008 NACAC Admission Trends Survey 2008 NACAC Admission Trends Survey

5 School Profile Highlights 92% attend higher education Test scores significantly higher than national norm for ACT, SAT, and Nat’l Merit Recognition 18 Advanced Placement Classes 810 AP tests taken in Spring % of test takers scored a 3 or higher Grading scale is thoroughly explained Lowest passing grade is 60% using a +/- system

6 BBHHS Class Rank Reporting Brecksville-Broadview Heights does not rank students for college admission. We will only report the top 10% of the graduating class. Top 10% of class of /404 ~4.1 and higher

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11 Standardized Testing ACT: taken by 304 BBHHS students (76% of class of 2012) SAT: taken by 147 BBHHS students (37% of class of 2012)

12 ACT Overview ACT is offered 6 times per year ACT is offered 6 times per year 5 section exam with NO penalty for incorrect answers 5 section exam with NO penalty for incorrect answers English (focuses on grammar) English (focuses on grammar) Math (curriculum up through trigonometry) Math (curriculum up through trigonometry) Reading (prose fiction, social science, humanities, and natural science) Reading (prose fiction, social science, humanities, and natural science) Science (charts and experiments) Science (charts and experiments) Writing (optional, but highly recommended) Writing (optional, but highly recommended) Scored 1-36 for each section Scored 1-36 for each section

13 Suggestions for improving scores… English and Math are content based sections. English and Math are content based sections. For reading: READ, READ, READ For reading: READ, READ, READ For science, play timed logic games and puzzles. Just FYI - Statistically, the most an average person can improve their ACT score from their baseline is 3 points. It's a competitive goal to achieve! For science, play timed logic games and puzzles. Just FYI - Statistically, the most an average person can improve their ACT score from their baseline is 3 points. It's a competitive goal to achieve!

14 ACT Writing…2 things to know The writing prompt will do two critical things: The writing prompt will do two critical things: Describe an issue that's relevant to a high school student’s life Describe an issue that's relevant to a high school student’s life Ask the writer to write about the issue from his or her own perpsective Ask the writer to write about the issue from his or her own perpsective Typically, the sample prompts will give two perspectives on the issue. The writer can decide to prove one of the perspectives, or create and support a new perspective on the issue. Typically, the sample prompts will give two perspectives on the issue. The writer can decide to prove one of the perspectives, or create and support a new perspective on the issue. CT_Essay.htm CT_Essay.htm

15 ACT Writing Sample Essay Prompt 1 Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years? Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years? Source: Source: 2009

16 SAT Overview SAT is offered 7 times per year SAT is offered 7 times per year 10 section exam (3 in critical reading, 3 in math, 3 in writing and one experimental section) 10 section exam (3 in critical reading, 3 in math, 3 in writing and one experimental section) PENALTY FOR INCORRECT ANSWERS PENALTY FOR INCORRECT ANSWERS Math (curriculum through geometry and Algebra 2 Math (curriculum through geometry and Algebra 2 Critical Reading/Verbal (sentence completion, short & long critical reading passages, reading comprehension) Critical Reading/Verbal (sentence completion, short & long critical reading passages, reading comprehension) Writing (an essay question, grammar, usage, and word choice) Writing (an essay question, grammar, usage, and word choice) Scored per section, added together for combined score Scored per section, added together for combined score

17 Suggestions for improving SAT scores Use official tests to practice with. Use official tests to practice with. Create a collection of mature sounding words and phrases to incorporate into your essay. Create a collection of mature sounding words and phrases to incorporate into your essay. If you're stuck on a math problem, start writing. If you're stuck on a math problem, start writing. Read, read, read—especially topics that you don’t find particularly interesting. Read, read, read—especially topics that you don’t find particularly interesting. Never leave any multiple choice questions blank. Never leave any multiple choice questions blank.

18 Test Prep Options Cuyahoga County Public Library… Cuyahoga County Public Library… spx?id=9817 spx?id=9817 spx?id=9817 spx?id=9817 And, as available, prep class before school in the IDL…stay tuned to BEE-TV And, as available, prep class before school in the IDL…stay tuned to BEE-TV

19 Test Information Release (TIR) Is ACT Test Preparation!! Is ACT Test Preparation!! 2013 Saturday National Testing Dates: 2013 Saturday National Testing Dates: Saturday, February 9, 2013 Saturday, February 9, 2013 Saturday, April 13, 2013 Saturday, April 13, 2013 Saturday, June 8, 2013 Saturday, June 8, 2013 Please note registration deadlines are ~ 1 month before test date administered Please note registration deadlines are ~ 1 month before test date administered Visit to place your TIR order!! Visit to place your TIR order!!http://www.actstudent.org/scores/release.html

20 Honors Diploma 4 credits of English 4 credits of English 4 credits of Math 4 credits of Math 4 credits of Science (must have Chemistry & Physics) 4 credits of Science (must have Chemistry & Physics) 4 credits of Social Studies 4 credits of Social Studies 3 credits of World Language or 2 credits each of 2 different world languages 3 credits of World Language or 2 credits each of 2 different world languages 1 credit of Fine Arts 1 credit of Fine Arts 3.5 cumulative GPA 3.5 cumulative GPA 27 ACT or 1210 SAT (critical reading and math sections combined) 27 ACT or 1210 SAT (critical reading and math sections combined) * can only miss one of the criteria listed above

21 State University Criteria Averages for the Academic Profiles of entering Class of 2012 University of Akron GPA: 3.1ACT: Bowling Green UniversityGPA: 3.25ACT: Central State University GPA: 2.4ACT: 16 University of CincinnatiGPA: 3.44ACT: Cleveland State UniversityGPA: 3.12ACT: Kent State University GPA: 3.22ACT: ** Some colleges within these universities are very competitive and require a much higher GPA for entrance into a specific major.

22 State University Criteria Miami UniversityGPA: N/AACT: 25 – 30 OSUGPA: N/AACT: 27 – 31 Ohio UniversityGPA: 3.3ACT: 21 – 26 Shawnee State GPA: N/AACT: 19 – 23 U of ToledoGPA: 3.09ACT: 19 – 24 Wright StateGPA: 3.06 ACT: Youngstown State GPA: 2.83ACT:

23 Out of State Schools  Criteria for admission varies for out of state applicants  Check admissions materials carefully  Check deadlines carefully

24 Advice moving forward… Keep your grades up throughout the entire year! Keep your grades up throughout the entire year! Take strong and competitive classes during your senior year i.e. continue on in math, science, and world language classes Take strong and competitive classes during your senior year i.e. continue on in math, science, and world language classes

25 AP helps students graduate on time Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time in four years. Students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time in four years. Students who take five years or more could spend $8,000-$27,000 for each additional year needed to complete their degree. Students who take five years or more could spend $8,000-$27,000 for each additional year needed to complete their degree. Full study can be found at: Full study can be found at:

26 Importance of Planning & Preparing Only one in four students who enter college will complete their bachelor’s degree on schedule in four years. Only one in four students who enter college will complete their bachelor’s degree on schedule in four years. Example: Example: “AP English Literature students had four-year college graduation rates that were 62 percent higher than students who had not taken AP English Literature.” “AP English Literature students had four-year college graduation rates that were 62 percent higher than students who had not taken AP English Literature.” *A 2008 study conducted by researchers from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

27 Resumes/Activity records Leadership roles/events planned Leadership roles/events planned Honors and Awards Honors and Awards Community Service Community Service Summer Activities/Internships Summer Activities/Internships Employment Employment Special research projects/independent studies Special research projects/independent studies

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29 College Selection Process Know yourself and what is important to you! Know yourself and what is important to you! Know your credentials and the realistic choices you have earned! Know your credentials and the realistic choices you have earned! Take advantage of resources Take advantage of resources College Fairs in the summer and fall College Fairs in the summer and fall College reps in the lunch periods next year College reps in the lunch periods next year

30 This summer… Take college visits or participate in college fairs and summer programs Take college visits or participate in college fairs and summer programs Look at college applications to get an understanding of what is expected in terms of deadlines, requirements (essays!!), etc… Look at college applications to get an understanding of what is expected in terms of deadlines, requirements (essays!!), etc…


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