Presentation on theme: "PMA Junior Parent Kick Off to College Workshop Importance of ACT On Track to Graduate? What can Parents Do? College Application Process Types of Colleges."— Presentation transcript:
PMA Junior Parent Kick Off to College Workshop Importance of ACT On Track to Graduate? What can Parents Do? College Application Process Types of Colleges Financial Aid Overview Whats Next?
What is the ACT? The test you take in order to get into college 36 is the top score you can earn Colleges use the ACT as a way to compare other students in your school, city, state, and country Students can qualify for scholarships based on their ACT Score
The National ACT 2011 Wednesday, April 27, 2011 The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English: 75 Questions; 45 minutes to complete Mathematics: 60 questions; 60 minutes to complete Reading: 40 questions; 35 minutes to complete Science: 40 Questions, 35 minutes to complete Writing Portion: 30 minutes (students will be given a prompt)
Thursday, April 28, 2011: Work-Keys What Does the Work-Keys Assessment Include?? An Illinois State Board of Education-developed science assessment (40 Questions; 40 minutes to complete) Applied Mathematics (33 Questions; 45 minutes to complete): This assessment helps current and potential employees measure the math skills they have against those the workplace requires. Reading for Information (33 Questions; 45 minutes to complete): This assessment measures the skill people use when they read and use written text in order to do a job. The written texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations.
On Track to Graduate? Graduation requirements (required classes, exams, service learning hours) Evening school / Summer school registration Transcript Review
What Can Parents Do?? Countdown to College Timeline Campus Visits Personal Statement support Reinforce College is Possible Help cadets stay on top of deadlines
College Application Process 5 College applications – just the start!! 5 scholarship applications FAFSA by February 17, 2012 Income verification Award Letter analysis Decision Day – May 1, 2012 Deposits!!! – School and Housing
Types of Colleges *There are 4 types of colleges based on their level of selectivity* 1. Non-selective (all students who graduate from high school can attend) 2. Somewhat selective 3. Selective 4. Very selective (only a small % of the total number of applicants are accepted)
Average ACT scores for non-selective colleges Accepts any student with a high school diploma Any community college or City College of Chicago (example: Harold Washington, Malcolm X, Wright, Triton)
Average ACT Scores for somewhat selective Colleges Chicago State University 50% had between a 16-19 Northeastern Illinois University 50% had between a 16-21
Average ACT scores for selective colleges Morehouse College 50% had between a 19-24 Northern Illinois University 50% had between a 19-24 University of Illinois- Chicago 50% had between a 21-26 Loyola University Chicago 50% had between a 24-29
Average ACT Scores for very selective colleges University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana 50% had between a 27 - 31 Duke University 50% had between a 29-34 UCLA 50% had between: 25 - 31
Very Selective Continued Northwestern University 50% had between: 30 – 33 University of Chicago 50% had between: 28 – 32 Princeton University 50% had between: 31 - 35
Financial Aid What is it? College costs Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Types of Aid Sources of Aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)