Presentation on theme: "Junior Year: Fall Semester"— Presentation transcript:
1 Junior Year: Fall Semester Class of 2016Junior Year: Fall Semester
2 GoalsAt the conclusion of this presentation you will better understand:the post-secondary options available to your studentthe process for visiting a college campusthe differences between the SAT and ACT as well as when to register for these testsfactors involved in college admission decisionswhat is available to you and your students through Naviancehow to conduct a college search through Naviancehow to register for a college visit
3 Types of Higher Education Liberal Arts CollegesUniversitiesService AcademiesTechnical Institutes and Professional SchoolsCommunity or Junior Colleges
4 Collin CollegeAssociates degrees offered through a wide variety of disciplinesBenefits of attending Collin College:Lower costs for transferable courseworkRelationships with local and regional 4-year institutions for transferTransfer scholarship opportunitiesOpportunity for students to explore areas of interests
5 College Match… Things to Consider Look at your Institutional OptionsLook at Yourself:Determine your Interest and GoalsSizeLocationCostAdmissions RequirementsPrivate vs. PublicLarge vs. SmallSpecial ProgramsAcademicCareer/Proposed MajorExtracurricular ActivitiesSocial PreferenceWeek 7: Handout College PreferenceNaviance: College Search QuestionnaireSearching for and applying to colleges is a stressful process. Your students will find decisions easier to make if they have up-to-date and thorough information about the colleges they are considering- or ones they may not have considered.Emphasize to students that the first step in researching colleges is to examine their own interests, goals, and plans for the future.Direct students to Naviance, books, and college boardQuestions to open up discussion with students:What do you like about Lovejoy High School?What would you change if you could?How well do you anticipate that your high school will help you reach your goals?If you could choose your high school now, what would you look for?Things the students should be considering:Institution Size: will have an impact upon many of the students opportunities and experiences. The range of academic majors offered, the extracurricular possibilities, the amount of personal attention they will receive., and the number of books in the library will be influenced by size.Size: small, medium, or largeLook at average class size for both freshman and upper classmen.Large schools may offer extensive support services for students.Location: Distance from homeAlso look at: urban, suburban, small town, rural, out of state, in state, north, south, east, west, midwest, or internationalOther things to consider:Public vs. Private, 2 year vs. 4 year, Single vs. coed, Liberal arts and sciences vs. comprehensive universities, Academic offerings, Majors, Faculty, especially in desired field, Academic skills enhancementResidential and social life, Student organizations and activities, Athletics and recreational sports (varsity, intramural, club), Community service organizations, Personal and career counselingExtracurricular activities, Personal attention, Diversity of student body, Religious affiliationRetention and Graduation Rates: 1 of the best ways to measure a school’s quality and the satisfaction of its students is to find out what percentage of students return after their first year and the percentage of students who actually graduate. A college with good retention and graduation rates often indicates that responsible academics, social and financial support systems exist for most students.
6 Things to ask yourself How do I learn best? In large or lecture style classes, or in small discussion/ seminar settings?What extracurricular activities have been most important to me?Which will I want to continue in college?What have I learned about my academic interests and abilities that will influence what I might study in college?Naviance has a learning style assessment that may be helpful… takes about 20 minutes to complete
7 Standardized Exams PSAT – national merit consideration SAT SAT Subject ExamsACTAP
8 National Merit Based on Junior year PSAT Commended Students: Notified September of senior yearSemifinalists: Notified September of senior yearTop ½ of 1% become semifinalistFinalists: February
9 ACT Basic Information www.actstudent.org Exam Date: December 13 3 hour college entrance examComposed of 4 testsEnglish usageMathematicsReadingScience Reasoning30 minute optional writing testScore range 1-36 for each areaWriting test score range 2-12Exam Date: December 13Exam Date: February 07Exam Date: April 18**Exam Date: June 13**** Recommend taking in the Spring – depends on current coursesNational:Test Takers: 1.4 millionAverage Composite Score: 21.1TexasTest Takers: 79,050Average Composite Score 20.7Average writing test score 7.7
10 Things to Remember about the ACT There is no penalty for wrong answersIf you are not positive… guessIf you have no idea… guessIf you run out of time… guessDo not leave blank answers!Science: charts and experimentsEnglish: stresses grammarReading: 4 passages (1 of each: social science, natural science, prose fiction, and humanities)
11 SAT Basic Information www.collegeboard.com 3 hour and 45 minute college entrance examComposed of 3 testsCritical ReadingMathematicsWriting SkillsScores range for each areaExam Date: December 06Exam Date: January 24Exam Date: March 14**Exam Date: May 2**Exam Date: June 06**** Recommend taking in the Spring – depends on current coursesNational:Test Takers: 1.49 millionAverage Scores:Critical Reading: 502Math: 515Writing: 494Texas:Test Takers: 137,024Critical Reading: 488Math: 505Writing: 480
12 Things to Remember about the SAT Questions are arranged in order of difficulty1/3 easy1/3 medium1/3 hardPointsCorrect = 1 pointIncorrect = Minus ¼ pointBlanks = no effect on your score0 points subtracted for incorrect student-produced response (math section)Guess if you can narrow it down to 2 answers (3 answers use your judgment but often times guess)
13 ACT and SAT Comparison Act SAT 3 hours, 25 minutes (with writing test) Length3 hours, 45 minutes4 sections(English, Math, Reading, Science)Plus an optional writing testStructure10 sections(3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing)Plus and experimental sectionScoringComposite of 1-36 based on average scores from the 4 test sectionsScoreTotal score range of based on adding scores from 3 sectionsNo penalty for wrong answersWrong Answer Penalty¼ point subtracted from your raw score for each wrong answer (except for math grid-ins)You decide which score is sentSending Score HistoryDepends if you are enrolled in Score Choice(Some colleges require you to send all scores)ContentReading comprehension-4 passages with 10 questions per passageReadingShort and long passages with questions. Sentence completionArithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, and TrigonometryMathArithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra IIAnalysis, interpretation, evaluation, basic content, and problem solvingScienceScience not includedLast thing (optional): 30 minutesTopic of importance to high school studentEssayFirst thing 25: minutesFactored in to overall score; More abstract than ACT
14 SAT Subject Test1 hour test that measures knowledge and skills in a particular subject and a student’s ability to apply the knowledgeScores rangeColleges may use these scores in several ways.Admissions purposes – check specific schools’ websitesAward college course creditHelp place students in the appropriate college courses
15 Key Parts of College Admissions High school courses/ grades (G.P.A.)Quality of courses, level of difficulty, trends/consistency of gradesRigor of coursesStandardized test scoresExtracurricular activities/ Your resumeIncludes academic awards/ honors, extracurricular activities, interest, jobs, community services and hobbiesApplication essays and/or personal statementsRecommendation from teacherRecommendation from counselorPersonal interviewsMany schools may not require them but strongly encourage them and/or provide the option for you to interview
16 What will you contribute to their campus? The Ultimate QuestionWhat will you contribute to their campus?
17 Who should register with the clearinghouse? A student who plans to attend an NCAA Division I or II institution and who wishes to participate in intercollegiate athletics.This also applies to walk-on’s
27 Fall College Fair – Sept. 10th 1PM – 3PM PSAT: October 15th Register early for SAT Reasoning, ACT, or/ and SAT Subject test for later in the the yearStart planning your college visitsOfficial visits through admissions officesReview PSAT resultsExtra effort on your Junior Grades… they are the last thing the college will see on your transcript!
28 Spring Spring College Fair - TBD SAT/ ACT/ SAT Subject (if needed) AP ExamsSenior Classes, Dual Credit, etc.Make Summer Plans (Enrichment Programs)Scholarship SearchPlan College VisitsStart Narrowing College Search