Concentrate on academic preparation and continue to develop basic skills and co-curricular interests.
- Consult your guidance counselor about taking the PSAT in October. The
PSAT is a preliminary test that will prepare you for the SAT Reasoning Test.
- If you plan on taking the ACT, talk to your guidance counselor about taking the PLAN this fall. The PLAN is a preliminary
standardized test that will give you some preparation for the ACT. PLAN does not have national testing dates, so ask your
guidance counselor about test dates offered by your school.
- You need to register several weeks in advance for the PLAN and the PSAT, so consult your guidance counselor early
- Take NCAA-approved courses if you
want to play sports in college.
- Take the PSAT for practice. The results will not be used for college admission.
- Sign up, if you have not done so already, for co-curricular activities that
interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities.
- Keep a record of your co-curricular involvement, volunteer work, and employment
- Make sure you are "on top" of your academic work. If necessary,
meet with your teacher for additional help.
- Save your
best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio (all year).
- Receive results of PLAN and/or the PSAT. Read materials sent with your score
report. Consult your guidance counselor to explore ways to improve on future standardized tests and courses to discuss which
may be required or beneficial for your post-high school plans.
- Keep studying!
- Volunteer-a great way to identify your interests and to develop skills.
- It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit
your guidance office to browse through literature and guidebooks or surf the Web and check out college and university home
- NACAC has developed a list of on-line resources to help you in the college
admission process called Web Resources for the College-Bound. You can get the information online free at the NACAC Web site.
Or order a printed copy by clicking here.
- Register for June SAT Subject Test. These are one-hour exams testing you
on academic subjects that you have already completed. Among the many to choose from are biology, chemistry, foreign languages
and physics. Many colleges require three SAT Subject Tests. Some colleges recommend/require Math Level1 or Math Level 2. Not
all SAT Subject Tests are given on every test date. Check the calendar carefully to determine when the Subject Tests you want
- See your guidance counselor for advice.
- Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors
that will help you achieve your career goals.
- Plan now for wise use of your summer. Consider taking a summer course or
participating in a special program (e.g., for prospective engineers or journalists or for those interested in theatre or music)
at a local college or community college. Consider working or volunteering.
- Take the SAT Subject Tests that you registered for in April. Consider electing
score choice so you can see your test scores before deciding whether to release the results to colleges. It's a good idea
to plan on taking the SAT Subject Tests again in the spring of your junior year or the fall of your senior year. You then
have the option of releasing only your best scores to colleges.
- If you work, save some of your earnings for college.
- During the summer, you may want to sign up for a PSAT/SAT prep course, use
computer software, or do the practice tests in books designed to familiarize you with standardized tests.
- Make your summer productive. Continue reading to increase your vocabulary.
Reprinted from NACAC's PACT Guide, 2000. Revised
Online Only: March 2005