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1 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?

2 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

3 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)

4 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.

5 On Track to Graduate? Graduation requirements (required classes, exams, service learning hours) Evening school / Summer school registration Transcript Review

6 What Can Parents Do?? Countdown to College Timeline Campus Visits Personal Statement support Reinforce College is Possible Help cadets stay on top of deadlines

7 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

8 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)

9 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)

10 Average ACT Scores for somewhat selective Colleges Chicago State University 50% had between a Northeastern Illinois University 50% had between a 16-21

11 Average ACT scores for selective colleges Morehouse College 50% had between a Northern Illinois University 50% had between a University of Illinois- Chicago 50% had between a Loyola University Chicago 50% had between a 24-29

12 Average ACT Scores for very selective colleges University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana 50% had between a Duke University 50% had between a UCLA 50% had between:

13 Very Selective Continued Northwestern University 50% had between: 30 – 33 University of Chicago 50% had between: 28 – 32 Princeton University 50% had between:

14 Financial Aid What is it? College costs Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Types of Aid Sources of Aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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18 Whats Next?? Prepare over summer (Campus visits, personal statement, narrow college search) Register and re-take ACT Attend Senior College Breakfast in the Fall

19 Thank you for coming out to our Junior Parent College Breakfast!!! Ms. Keyser Ms. Fairchild


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