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Presentation on theme: "CENTRAL BUCKS HIGH SCHOOL EAST CLASS OF 2014 WALT SANDSTROM(A-K) MELANIE JONES(L-Z) 01.24.13 PART ONE College Planning"— Presentation transcript:


2 OVERVIEW CB East Guidance Website Junior Year Timeline Standardized Test options (SAT, ACT, AP) Admissions Factors Naviance - Career & College Search Process Counselor letter of recommendation Program Planning Process

3 CB East Guidance Website Guidance Homepage nce/Pages/default.aspx nce/Pages/default.aspx We will post PowerPoint presentations, videos, updates and useful information to the Guidance Website. There are also links to Naviance, Portal, E-Prep, Resources and Counselor contact information.

4 Junior Year Timeline FALLWINTER/SPRINGSUMMER Revisit Naviance, update resume and game plan to include potential major. Course selection for senior year (Portal opens January) Call ahead to set up campus tours and visit schools of interest. Meet with college admission reps who visit East. Attend District College Fair on March 20 th 6:30pm at South. Register for fall SAT/ACT/SAT Subject tests. PSAT’s on October 20 th Student Athletes register with NCAA Take the SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests, AP exams. Start looking at college applications via Naviance. Attend Financial Aid Night on November 14 th at CB South. Naviance - college search process, enter colleges of interest, complete “college recommendation questionnaire” Revisit college application essay written in English 11 for Career Plan and fine-tune existing activity resume. Complete Career Plan Essay in English Class Request teacher recommendations from 11 th grade teachers. Participate in an enrichment program, get a job or internship

5 Standardized Testing

6 SAT’s SAT Reasoning Test: Math, Reading, & Writing SAT Subject Tests: One hour tests; can take up to 3 on one test date; scored point scale Some Selective Colleges may require 2 or more for admission (Some will consider ACT w/Writing in lieu of Subject tests) English History Mathematics Literature US History & World History Levels 1 and 2 Science Biology E and/or M, Chemistry, & Physics Languages Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew, Japanese, Korean

7 SAT vs. ACT SATACT Test Structure Measures Aptitude: Critical Reading, Math, Writing skills. Measures Achievement: English, Math, Reading, Writing, and Science Reasoning. Test Content Math: Arithmetic, Algebra 1&2, Geometry, data analysis. Reading: sentence completions, short and long critical reading passages, reading comprehension. Writing: essay, grammar, usage, and word choice. Math: up to trigonometry. Science: experiments and charts. Reading: 4 passages: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science. English: grammar. Writing: optional section

8 SAT vs. ACT Register Online SAT ACT Wrong Answers Penalty.25 deducted for each No Penalty Scoring per section, added together for a combined score. A 2400 is the highest possible combined score for each subject, averaged for a composite score. A 36 is the highest possible composite score. Are all scores sent to schools? Yes and No; “Score Choice” option now available. No, student can make specific requests.

9 Testing: “Official Score Report” Some schools will accept scores from the transcript, some do not (most notably PSU). Student contacts/pays testing company to send score report directly to college. Takes about 4-6 weeks When registering, students can request scores be sent to up to 4 colleges for FREE. Some colleges require “official score reports” directly from testing company Is score choice the right choice? Most colleges, if viewing all test results will consider or combine the highest score from each section for a “Super Score”. When registering for tests, be sure to include CB East school code, – this is now a requirement when registering for the test. SAT

10 Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Check individual college policies on credit awards: Can be used for college credit and course level placement. May help students “place out” of college courses. May allow students to achieve advanced standing. Expensive test, but far less expensive than a college course. Administered first 2 weeks of East during school day. 18 AP’s offered at CB East

11 Standardized Testing Preparation (SAT) SAT question of the day Free practice tests Familiarize yourself with test content (ACT) E-Prep- see counselor or librarian if you need password Private SAT prep through individual and group tutoring Plenty of other online sites that provide free SAT/ACT practice PSAT- utilize the results to focus your preparation for SAT SAT prep books

12 When to Test? SAT’s: Once or twice during Spring of junior year Fall of senior if necessary ACT’s: Spring of junior year is recommended AP’s: First 2 weeks of May SAT Subject Tests: Immediately following related coursework

13 Test Dates ACT’s September 8 th, 2012 October 27 th, 2012 December 8, 2012 April 13 th, 2013 June 8 th, 2013 SAT’s October 6 th, 2012 * November 3 rd, 2012* December 1 st, 2o12 January 26 th, 2013* March 9 th, 2013* May 4 th, 2013* June 1 st, 2o13* East CEEB code is CB East is a test center for these dates noted with an (*) East test center code is 39162

14 There are HOW many colleges in the US? 4,700 colleges in the US Consider all options Narrow down the list to 1o-15 by end of 11 th grade Apply to approximately 4-8 in senior year

15 Types of Post-Secondary Schools PA State Colleges/Universities Private Colleges/Universities “Ivy League” Schools Military Academies Specialized Institutions (art, music, culinary arts, technical/trade, etc.) Community Colleges (Transfer Programs) Two-Year Private Colleges

16 Decision Factors Entrance Requirements Selectivity Public vs. Private Majors Available Specialized programs Final Cost and Expenses https://secure- media/video/expert/Susan_8195.mp4

17 More Decision Factors Finding the perfect match…. Size of school/classes Geographic location Distance from home Type of campus Surrounding community Campus personality Diversity Athletics/Extracurricular Activities Facilities and housing

18 Campus Visits… What makes their college unique? Campus Tour Open Houses- spring or next fall. Overnight stay with sibling/friend Visit an actual class in session Interview, if requested or required “Chat” with current students Facebook, other social media Visit before applying, and again after acceptance.


20 Top College Admission Factors Grades/GPA in college prep classes and rigor of course selection. Standardized test scores (some schools are SAT/ACT Optional – see list at Class rank (CBSD does not provide rank for admissions purposes; only for scholarships) Application essay Teacher and/or Counselor Recommendations

21 Other Admission Factors Interview Extracurriculars Demonstrated Interest Online presence 

22 Student Transcript

23 Beginning the College Search Process Finding a college that everyone can agree upon!

24 Resources for the College Search Naviance (Counselor can re-set password) Internet; see Guidance Website  Individual college websites Traditional guidebooks and college brochures Meet with college admissions representatives who visit East each fall (schedule/receive passes on Naviance or in the guidance office). College Fair- March 20, 2013, 6:30p.m. at CB South https://secure- media/video/expert/Marty_8202.mp4

25 Naviance Meets all your needs throughout the entire process: Career Plan Surveys (Graduation Project) Career and College Search Tools Analyze Data- scattergram Visit Websites Application links Scholarship list

26 Naviance









35 Counselor Letter of Recommendation “Counselor Recommendation Questionnaire” survey on Naviance Optional “Parent Recommendation Questionnaire” Print survey and submit to guidance office in spring of Junior year Add potential major if known under “Game Plan” Sent with transcript and standardized scores Request made as part of the Transcript Request Form Allow at least 15 school days for processing

36 Program Planning for 12 th Grade Enter courses in portal January 10 – February 10. Counselor classroom visits and 1-1 meetings. Make sure you and your student can access portal. Maintain rigor and/or add challenge. Early Release/Late Arrival privileges & provisions.

37 Join us again…. March 13 th, 2013 Summer activities, introduction to transcript/application process, looking ahead to senior year. Fall 2013 Senior timeline, transcript request process, sending teacher/counselor recommendations, financial aid & scholarships, final decisions.


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