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College Planning. Central bucks high school EAST Class of 2014 Walt Sandstrom (A-K) Melanie jones(l-Z) 01.24.13 Part one. http:// OVERVIEW. CB East Guidance Website Junior Year Timeline Standardized Test options (SAT, ACT, AP)

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College planning

College Planning

Central bucks high school EAST

Class of 2014

Walt Sandstrom(A-K)

Melanie jones(l-Z)

01.24.13 Part one


CB East Guidance Website

Junior Year Timeline

Standardized Test options (SAT, ACT, AP)

Admissions Factors

Naviance - Career & College Search Process

Counselor letter of recommendation

Program Planning Process

Cb east guidance website
CB East Guidance Website

Guidance Homepage

We will post PowerPoint presentations, videos, updates and useful information to the Guidance Website.

There are also links to Naviance, Portal, E-Prep, Resources and Counselor contact information.

Sat s www collegeboard com

SAT Reasoning Test: Math, Reading, & Writing

SAT Subject Tests:

One hour tests; can take up to 3 on one test date; scored 200-800 point scale

Some Selective Colleges may require 2 or more for admission (Some will consider ACT w/Writing in lieu of Subject tests)

English History Mathematics

Literature US History & World History Levels 1 and 2


Biology E and/or M, Chemistry, & Physics


Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Modern Hebrew, Japanese, Korean

Advanced placement ap testing
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

Check individual college policies

on credit awards:

Can be used for college credit and course level placement.

May help students “place out” of college courses.

May allow students to achieve advanced standing.

Expensive test, but far less expensive than a college course.

Administered first 2 weeks of May @ East during school day.

18 AP’s offered at CB East

Standardized testing preparation
Standardized Testing Preparation

  • (SAT)

    • SAT question of the day

    • Free practice tests

    • Familiarize yourself with test content

  • (ACT)

  • E-Prep- see counselor or librarian if you need password

  • Private SAT prep through individual and group tutoring

  • Plenty of other online sites that provide free SAT/ACT practice

  • PSAT- utilize the results to focus your preparation for SAT

  • SAT prep books

When to test
When to Test?

SAT’s:Once or twice during Spring of junior year

Fall of senior if necessary

ACT’s: Spring of junior year is recommended

AP’s:First 2 weeks of May

SAT Subject Tests:Immediately following related coursework

Test dates
Test Dates


September 8th, 2012

October 27th, 2012

December 8, 2012

April 13th, 2013

June 8th, 2013


October 6th, 2012 *

November 3rd, 2012*

December 1st, 2o12

January 26th, 2013*

March 9th, 2013*

May 4th, 2013*

June 1st, 2o13*

East CEEB code is 390-488

CB East is a test center for these dates noted with an (*)

East test center code is 39162

There are how many colleges in the us
There are HOW many colleges in the US?

4,700 colleges in the US

Consider all options

Narrow down the list to 1o-15 by end of 11th grade

Apply to approximately 4-8 in senior year

Types of post secondary schools
Types of Post-Secondary Schools

PA State Colleges/Universities

Private Colleges/Universities

“Ivy League” Schools

Military Academies

Specialized Institutions (art, music, culinary arts, technical/trade, etc.)

Community Colleges (Transfer Programs)

Two-Year Private Colleges

Decision factors
Decision Factors

Entrance Requirements


Public vs. Private

Majors Available

Specialized programs

Final Cost and Expenses

More decision factors
More Decision Factors

Finding the perfect match….

Size of school/classes

Geographic location

Distance from home

Type of campus

Surrounding community

Campus personality


Athletics/Extracurricular Activities

Facilities and housing

Campus visits what makes their college unique
Campus Visits… What makes their college unique?

Campus Tour

Open Houses- spring or next fall.

Overnight stay with sibling/friend

Visit an actual classin session

Interview, if requested or required

“Chat” with current students

Facebook, other social media

Visit before applying, and again after acceptance.

Top college admission factors
Top College Admission Factors

Grades/GPA in college prep classes and rigor of course selection.

Standardized test scores (some schools are SAT/ACT Optional – see list at

Class rank (CBSD does not provide rank for admissions purposes; only for scholarships)

Application essay

Teacher and/or Counselor Recommendations

Other admission factors
Other Admission Factors

  • Interview

  • Extracurriculars

  • Demonstrated Interest

  • Online presence


Beginning the college search process
Beginning the College Search Process

Finding a college that everyone can agree upon!

Resources for the college search
Resources for the College Search

  • Naviance (Counselor can re-set password)

  • Internet; see Guidance Website


  • Individual college websites

  • Traditional guidebooks and college brochures

  • Meet with college admissions representatives who visit East each fall (schedule/receive passes on Naviance or in the guidance office).

  • College Fair- March 20, 2013, 6:30p.m. at CB South


Meets all your needs throughout the entire process:

Career Plan Surveys (Graduation Project)

Career and College Search Tools

Analyze Data- scattergram

Visit Websites

Application links

Scholarship list

Counselor letter of recommendation
Counselor Letter of Recommendation

  • “Counselor Recommendation Questionnaire” survey on Naviance

  • Optional “Parent Recommendation Questionnaire”

  • Print survey and submit to guidance office in spring of Junior year

  • Add potential major if known under “Game Plan”

  • Sent with transcript and standardized scores

  • Request made as part of the Transcript Request Form

  • Allow at least 15 school days for processing

Program planning for 12 th grade
Program Planning for 12th Grade

Enter courses in portal January 10 – February 10.

Counselor classroom visits and 1-1 meetings.

Make sure you and your student can access portal.

Maintain rigor and/or add challenge.

Early Release/Late Arrival privileges & provisions.

Join us again
Join us again….

March 13th, 2013

Summer activities, introduction to transcript/application process, looking ahead to senior year.

Fall 2013

Senior timeline, transcript request process, sending teacher/counselor recommendations, financial aid & scholarships, final decisions.