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The First Step….. 2011. College Planning For Juniors. WELCOME. The purpose of tonight’s “First Step” program is to present you with a timeline and overview for beginning the college search process. Getting Started….

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  • The purpose of tonight’s “First Step” program is to present you with a timeline and overview for beginning the college search process
getting started
Getting Started…
  • Every student and family will be in a different place at a different time during the process
  • Do not get caught up in the frenzy of what others are saying and doing
  • Research information and utilize reliable sources
junior timeline
Junior Timeline
  • “The Admissions Game” with Peter Van Buskirk
    • Wednesday, November 30 7:00pm @ Ramsey HS
  • PSAT results in December
  • Junior Conferences in January/February
  • Standardized Testing Game Plan
    • SAT / SAT Subject Tests / ACT
  • College Admissions Directors’ Program
    • Tuesday, February 28 7:00pm NH Auditorium
  • Naviance Exploration
  • College Visits
junior conferences
Junior Conferences
  • Student and parent conference with counselor
  • Letters go out in December for appointments beginning in January
  • Meeting topics include:
    • Senior year course selection
    • Review of senior packet
    • Naviance/college and career goals
sat vs act

What testing does your college require?

Which is right for you?

sat vs act1


  • Math: basic geometry and algebra II
  • Critical Reading: sentence completions, short/long passages, reading comprehension
  • Writing: essay and grammar


  • Math: up to trigonometry
  • Science: charts, experiments
  • Reading: four passages, one each of prose fiction, social sciences, humanities, natural science
  • English: stresses grammar
  • Writing: essay
sat vs act test scoring
SAT vs. ACT Test Scoring


  • 200-800 per section, added together for combined score
  • 2400 highest possible combined score


  • 1-36 for each subject, averaged together for a composite score
  • 36 is the highest possible composite score
sat act concordance table
SAT-ACT Concordance Table
  • Estimates of SAT-ACT score equivalents, based on data from the freshman class enrolled in 2008-10
  • You can find the concordance tables at
sat subject tests
SAT: Subject Tests
  • 1-hour tests in particular subject areas
  • Can take multiple Subject Tests on same day
  • Required or recommended by highly selective colleges
  • Check individual college’s admissions requirements
  • Take at completion of coursework in May or June (Honors or AP recommended)
  • Cannot take SAT and SAT Subject Test(s) on same day – so plan accordingly
reporting your scores to colleges
Reporting Your Scores to Colleges
  • ACT: Option to choose your best test date (must report the “composite” score)
  • SAT-Score Choice Policy: Option to choose your best test date (scores from entire SAT test date will be sent)
  • SAT Subject Tests: Students can select which scores to send by individual test
  • You must check each college’s reporting policy
  • If you do not choose to use Score Choice, ALL SAT tests will automatically be sent
important websites
Important Websites
    • List of over 800 schools that are “test optional”
sat test dates for 2012
SAT Test Dates for 2012
  • January 28: SAT and Subject Tests
  • March 10: SAT only
  • May 5: SAT and Subject Tests
  • June 2: SAT and Subject Tests *
  • Oct. tbd: SAT and Subject Tests *
  • Nov. tbd: SAT and Subject Tests *
  • Dec. tbd: SAT and Subject Tests *

*at NHRHS, based on 2011 test dates

act test dates for 2012
ACT Test Dates for 2012
  • February 11
  • April 14
  • June 9
  • September 8
  • October 27
  • December 8

Some colleges will accept ACT with Writing in lieu of SAT + SAT Subject Test scores—check with individual colleges

A comprehensive web-based program designed to help in making decisions about post-secondary plans
  • A tool for managing and organizing your college search and application process
  • Contains admissions data for recent NH graduating classes
  • Statistical comparisons using GPA and SAT and/or ACT scores
Students were introduced to Naviance in their ninth grade CBT classes
  • Parent registration codes were mailed home in the fall of the student’s freshmen year
  • If you misplaced your user name or password, please contact the guidance office
  • Access Naviance through the quick links on the NH website
  • For more information attend the Naviance info session tonight
visiting colleges is essential
Visiting Colleges is Essential
  • Be sure to make campus visits to schools that are being considered
  • Call colleges or check websites for “Open House” dates
  • Make appointments for information sessions, campus tours, and interviews
  • Spring of junior year & early fall of senior year are great times to visit
students meet greet college reps
Each fall 150 college admissions reps visit NH

A calendar of visits is listed in Naviance

NH hosted 100 college “lunch visits” this fall

NH hosted over 50 “private visits” this fall

Students must sign-up in Naviance for “private visits”

Students “Meet & Greet” College Reps
college fairs
College Fairs
  • National College Fair in New Jersey
    • Wednesday, April 25
    • New Jersey Convention Center, Edison

  • Fall 2012
    • FDU-Teaneck

usually the 3rd Thursday of September

    • William Paterson University

usually the last week in September

what is it
What is it?
  • One application that can be submitted on-line or in print to any of the 456 member colleges
  • It saves time and duplication of effort for students, teachers and counselors
is it widely used and is it treated fairly
Is it Widely Used and Is It Treated Fairly?
  • YES! Member colleges sign a contract in order to use the application and must abide by all rules and regulations set up by The Common Application board
  • Many schools use the Common Application as their only application
admissions jargon

Admissions Jargon

Binding Early Decision

Non- Binding Early Action

Single-Choice Early Action (“Restrictive”)

Priority Admission

Rolling Admission


Wait List

ncaa eligibility
A prospective student-athlete is someone who is looking to participate in intercollegiate athletics

Prospective student-athletes must access the NCAA “Eligibility Center” at

For more information attend the NCAA information session after this program

NCAA Eligibility
special interests
Special Interests
  • ART – Visit for information about National Portfolio Day. Talk with your art teacher regarding portfolio requirements
  • MUSIC/THEATER – Talk with the appropriate teacher regarding auditions and/or supplementary materials
  • Research your college’s requirements and admissions process regarding applications to special programs
myths about college admissions
Myths about College Admissions
  • The more extracurricular activities I have the better…
  • The January SAT is easier…
  • Senior grades don’t count…
  • If I haven’t heard of a college or university, it can’t be very good…
  • College Admissions is a science…
  • There’s only one right college for me; my life will be ruined if I don’t get admitted to my first choice school…
final thoughts
Final thoughts…
  • Do your research and discovery now
  • Use Naviance
  • Visit college campuses
  • Meet the college reps
  • Narrow your list of potential schools
  • “Find the Fit”
  • Remember you can only attend ONE school
elective program locations
Elective Program Locations:

Your Teen’s World – Auditorium

Naviance “Family Connection”- Middle Caf.

School & Community Resources- Room 140

Pursuing Athletics at the Collegiate Level- Cultural Arts Center (near back of main cafeteria)

College Support Services for Students with Learning Disabilities- Room 125/126