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Welcome To Saint Mary’s International School’s Junior Parent Night Class of 2014. September 4 th , 2012. Tonight’s Talking Points. College Admission Process Finding the right “fit” Preparing for college Staying ahead in the admission process. Finding the Right “Fit”.

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Welcome ToSaint Mary’s International School’s Junior Parent Night Class of 2014

September 4th, 2012

tonight s talking points
Tonight’s Talking Points

College Admission Process

  • Finding the right “fit”
  • Preparing for college
  • Staying ahead in the admission process
finding the right fit
Finding the Right “Fit”
  • Knowing yourself
  • Knowing the tools
  • Making the Visits: When? How?
knowing yourself
Knowing Yourself
  • What are your interests?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What do your parents believe are your strengths?
  • What do your teachers and others who know you well think?
  • Where do you want to live in the future?
  • What kind of career do you hope to have?
knowing the tools
Knowing the Tools

Naviance / Family Connection

  • Do What You Are
  • Career Interest Profiler
  • Career Cluster Finder
  • College Search Tool
other tools
Other Tools
  • Uniquest Activity
  • College Board: www.collegeboard.org
  • UCASS: UK
  • UK course finder
  • Hotcourses.com.au
  • Globe Campus: Canadian University Reviews
about me
About Me

Keep track of extracurricular activities, honors, awards, community service and work experiences.

Update personal and account information

college planning tools
College Planning Tools

Click here to add the names of any colleges that you are already considering.

In the fall I will post the date and time of college rep visits to SMIS.

  • Many Ways to Research Colleges:
  • College Match
  • College Lookup
  • College Search
  • Scattergrams
  • Acceptance History

Search for summer and enrichment programs

colleges i am thinking about
Colleges I Am Thinking About

Compare my scores and GPA to other students in my high school accepted at these colleges.

Record your interest in the school

Scattergram

college search
College Search

Search by Type, Location, Students, Admission Standards, Athletics, Majors, Cost, Special Programs

search results
Search Results

Small Town

Enrollment 2-5K

Major: Economics

Compare based on drop down options

scattergram
Scattergram

Toshi

GPA

SAT on 1600 scale

making the visit
Making the Visit
  • Visit a variety of schools
  • Visit when students are there
  • Visit with students involved activities that you are interested in.
  • Allow enough time to get the feel
preparing for college
Preparing for College
  • What’s important to colleges and universities?
  • Challenging courses a
  • GPA a
  • Meaningful extracurricular activities, community service, work experiences
  • Admissions Tests (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests)
  • Essay
  • Recommendations – Teachers and Counselor
preparing
Preparing . . .

Meaningful Extracurricular Activities

and Experiences (For US Colleges)

  • Passionate involvement in a few activities, demonstrating leadership and initiative
  • Community service
  • Work or out-of-school experiences (including summer) that illustrate responsibility, dedication, and development of areas of interest.
  • That Extra “Something”
preparing1
Preparing . . .

SAT Subject Test of SAT II

  • One hour, multiple choice test on one of 20 different subjects.
  • Required by some selective colleges for admission. Note – most students do not need SAT Subject Tests.
  • Required by some colleges for course placement.
  • Offers you an additional opportunity to show colleges what you know.
sat subject tests
SAT Subject Tests

Preparing . . .

Literature

U.S. History

World History

Math Level 1

Math Level 2

Biology/EM

Chemistry

Physics

French

French with Listening

German

German with Listening

Spanish

Spanish with Listening

Modern Hebrew

Italian

Latin

Chinese with Listening

Japanese with Listening

Korean with Listening

staying ahead in the admission process
Staying ahead in the admission process
  • Prepare for SAT/ACT during summer prior to junior year
  • Plan when you can take (2-3) SATs and SAT Subject if needed
  • Plan to complete all admission testing junior year
  • Start visiting colleges early junior year or before!
  • Keep track of school and community activities, work, and volunteer hours
stay ahead by planning ahead
Stay ahead by planning ahead

Start Preparing for the SAT now.

Visit colleges in summer between Junior and Senior year.

suggested junior year testing schedule
Suggested Junior Year Testing Schedule
  • Oct 17th PSAT at SMIS
  • March/May SAT
  • June SAT or SAT Subject Tests if needed
score reporting
Score Reporting
  • Score Choice – gives option to send SAT scores by test date and SAT Subject Test scores by individual test.
  • Wait to send scores to colleges until applying senior year.
  • Report best scores from either SAT or ACT or use both
upcoming events
Upcoming Events
  • Kanto Plains College Fair for all Juniors and Seniors September 14th
  • PSAT Test October 17th at SMIS
  • New Gmail Account for all SMIS Students
final remarks
Final Remarks

The admission process can be taxing on the parent/child relationship

Juniors take ownership of the admission process

Parent’s role

Plan ahead, stay organized, don’t get discouraged