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Agenda • To go over topics that pertain to juniors • This year will be a lot of testing • Topics include • ACT • PSAT • ASVAB • Post-High Planning Day • Representatives
ACT: What Is It? • This is a test used by many post-high school institutions for admittance and for class placements. • Not post-high institutions require the ACT • Also used for Scholarships • Opportunity Scholarship requires a 24 • Usually, the higher the score, the better your chances are with scholarships. • Scores can be from 1-36 (if you get a 36, I will throw you a pizza party)
ACT: What Is It Over • It is over four subjects: • Math– different types of math • Reading—read a passage and answer questions • Science– do you know how to read experiements • English—grammar, language, vocabulary • You have the option of taking a written portion. Not required by many post-high institutions.
ACT: Taking It • You can take the ACT as many times as you want to. • Most juniors take theirs in the winter or spring of their junior year. • This way if you want to do better, you still have time in the fall of your senior year • Kadoka, Rapid City, Pierre, and other towns are test sites
ACT: Registering & Paying For It • Go to www.actstudent.org • Create an account • You will have to create a portfolio (TONS of questions) • Choose test date and test center and where to send the scores to. • It costs $34.00. or $49.50 with essay. • There is a $21 fee if you register late • If you are free/reduced lunch, you are eligible for a fee waiver one time.
ACT: Studying For It • We have study books at the school • Mr. R’s ACT Prep-one next Tuesday night! • SD MyLife has an ACT Prep. • Internet
PSAT: What Is It? • A test that measures your • Critical reading skills • Math problem-solving skills • Writing skills • The test for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) • Gives you feedback on your strengths and weaknesses as a student.
PSAT: Take It? • The PSAT will be October 15 for all juniors. • School will pay for your test • Prepare: You don’t have to, but if you want to • Study Guide • PSAT’s website (below) • More information: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
ASVAB • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery • This is a test that measures your aptitude, not knowledge. • Aptitude is like your ability to do something. • This helps with military entrance, but also can be correlated with ACT! • It will be on November 8, all morning. • On December 6, you will get your results and what they mean.
Representatives • Post-high school institutions and military branches will send representatives to visit with students. • I will send emails out notifying you of when they will be coming. • You must tell your teacher ahead of time if you want to visit with the representative. • Ask them questions!
Applying For Post-High • Juniors can apply if they wish to, but do not need to. • I recommend that if you want to go to a technical school, that you apply by the end of this year. • They have smaller number of spaces for students, so the earlier, the better your chances
Scholarships • There are some for juniors, but not many. • Will do most of this as a senior. • There are scholarships for all different types of things such as hair color, talents, hearing loss, left-handness, ethnic background, etc • Not all are based on GPA, grades, or class rank • Fastweb.com is a start
Post-High Planning Day • All juniors and seniors will go to Rapid City on October 20. • There will be representatives from different post-high institutions (colleges and technical school) and military branches. • List of institutions and branches on my wiki. • Will have to fill out something online before we leave. • First contact with representatives
By the End of This Year…. • You should have an idea of what you want to do after high school. • College-which ones you interested in? • Technical School-which ones you interested in? • Military-which branch? What do you need to do? • Work-where and what do you need for the job? • This will make your senior year easier.
Book • Lets look through this together.