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1 Presented by the North Hunterdon Guidance Department March 2012

2  Testing Timelines o PSAT, SAT, ACT & Subject Tests  ASVAB  Naviance and the College Search  College Visits  What to Expect Junior & Senior Year  The National Honor Society  Looking ahead ◦ Junior & Senior Year College Planning Schedules

3  The road to college can be a confusing and hectic one. Choosing the right admissions test to take - SAT or ACT - doesn't have to be. While most colleges across the country accept scores from either test, the SAT and ACT are significantly different, and in many ways, they measure different skills.  Comparison Guide: o 20ACT%20Comparison.pdf 20ACT%20Comparison.pdf

4  PSAT o Administered in October. o Sign up in the Guidance Office in late spring/summer of the year before. o Offered to Sophomores and Juniors o You do not need to prepare for the PSAT- this is meant as practice! o Colleges will not see these scores o Those scoring in the top 99% could be eligible for National Merit Scholarships for juniors only

5 Register Online!  SAT o Junior Year Recommended: March, May (NHHS) or June (NHHS) o Senior Year Possibility: October, November, December or January o Should take at least one SAT during the Junior Year! o Score choice now allowed.

6 Register Online!  Subject Tests- o Sophomore or Junior Year Recommended: May or June o Can take up to three in the same day. Hour long tests.  Literature  Math level 1 & 2  Physics, Biology and Chemistry  Foreign Languages  American History  World History o Required by the Most Competitive schools. Double check if the schools you’re interested in require them! o Definitely consider taking an Subject Tests if you are currently taking an AP class this school year

7 Register Online!  ACT o Junior Year Recommended: February, April or June o Senior Year Possibility: September, October or December o Not offered at North Hunterdon.

8 A RMED S ERVICES V OCATIONAL A PTITUDE B ATTERY  We are not recruiting your children for the armed services!  The only assessment we know of that marries vocational interests with aptitude.  Offered at North Hunterdon on March 29 th at 8 am – 3 hour test.  Sign up in the Guidance Office  Results presentation will follow.

9  Naviance Password is the same as the student’s Home Logic login  Sophomore meetings held on February 29 th during the day to further explore the Naviance program. On-line Resource for College Planning & Advising

10  What can Naviance do? ◦ Share plans between parent, child & counselor. ◦ Complete surveys. ◦ Compare colleges. ◦ Explore careers. ◦ Links to selected third-party resources. ◦ Track deadlines. ◦ Produce scatter grams. ◦ Show schedule of college visits.

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12 College Lookup College Search

13 Search by location, student population, admissions difficulty, athletic involvement, majors… and much more!

14 Click on each school for ‘College Lookup’

15 Simply type College/Universit y name here College Lookup

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17 College Compare

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19 In many ways!!!  Opens the lines of communication between home and school.  Allows for collaboration among counselors, students, and parents.  Encourages career & college exploration.  Provides realistic assessments of your child’s chances of admission at a particular college where prior NHHS graduates have applied.

20  If you visit a college during your junior year: o Fill out a College Visitation Form  For the absence to be excused you must hand this form to your counselor at least 3 days before your visit! o During your visit get a letter on the school’s letter head stating you were there for a visit  Must include date and time of visit o When you return to school take this letter to the Attendance Office  Must be handed in within 5 days of the visit!

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22  When and Where to Visit? o During the summer o Teacher’s Convention (November 2012) o President’s Day Weekend (February 2013) o Spring Break (April 2013)

23  Students will be INVITED to apply during the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. o Students must have a 3.5 minimum GPA to be invited. o Letters will be mailed home to all students who meet the minimum GPA. The GPA cannot be rounded up under any circumstances!

24 4 P ILLARS (C ONTINUED )  Service o Minimum of 100 Hours o Student regularly contributes time and effort to charitable undertakings in school and in the community, as well as supporting NHHS functions.  Character o Outstanding evidence of exceptional character from multiple sources.

25 4 P ILLARS  Extra Curricular Activities o Minimum of 100 Hours o This would include all activities that are outside of the classroom.  Leadership o Minimum of 50 Hours o Student holds leadership positions either inside or/and outside of school, is in charge of other students and motivates them for the greater good, and their contribution is critical to the organization(s).

26  Junior Year College Planning Schedule ◦ %20Year%20College%20Planning%20Schedule.pdf %20Year%20College%20Planning%20Schedule.pdf  Senior Year College Planning Schedule ◦ %20Year%20College%20Planning%20Schedule.pdf %20Year%20College%20Planning%20Schedule.pdf

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