PLAN FOR THE YEAR AHEADMeet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, as well as history, math, science and a foreign language.Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests for colleges that you might be interested in attending.Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.Get involved with extracurricular activities.Go to college fairs in your area.
Learn about Colleges
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
- Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your family about college financing.
- Visit colleges while they're in session.
- Find out about college firsthand from friends who are home for the holidays.
Prepare for Tests
- Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
- Sign up for college preparatory courses for next year.
- Review academic progress including transcripts.
- Determine academic options for summer school, including remediation/acceleration.
Explore Summer Opportunities
Make the Most of Your Break
- Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
- Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
- Finalize your summer plans.