Four-Year College Planning Calendar for Juniors
Take the PSAT/NMSQT
§ Placer High will administer the PSAT on October 19. Sign up in the counseling office September 23 - October 16. The fee is $18.
Start Your College Search
§ Start with you: Make lists of your abilities, preferences, and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
§ Jumpstart your college planning by reading about majors and careers.
§ Use College Search to find colleges with the right characteristics. Attend a college fair such as the Placer County Foothills College Night held each year at Rocklin High School. This year’s event is Thursday, October 8 beginning at 6:30 pm in the gym.
Start Thinking about Financial Aid
§ Talk to your counselor about your college plans and attend college night and financial aid night at your school. Placer High Financial Aid Night is scheduled for Monday Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium. Use financial aid calculators to estimate your aid eligibility and college costs.
Plan Your Spring Testing Schedule
§ You can take either the SAT Reasoning Test™ or up to three SAT Subject Tests™ on one test day. Plan your testing schedule carefully if you want to take both types of SAT®. It is recommended that subject tests be taken at the conclusion of the course content that will be tested. For example a student who completes U.S. History in the fall term may want to take the December or January subject test while the material is still fresh. See the SAT schedule of test dates and register online for the SAT.
§ Many colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT (register at www.act.org) . All universities in the CSU and UC system accept both. For other colleges and universities check their admission requirements online.
Get Ready for the SAT
§ Visit the SAT Preparation Center™ to take a free full-length official practice test and get a score and skills report. Be sure to sign up for The Official SAT Question of the Day™ for daily practice.
§ Start visiting local colleges: large, small, public, and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop a list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. Search for colleges and use My College List.
Prepare for AP® Exams
§ Do well on AP Exams and receive credit or placement at most colleges. Get AP Exam preparation.
Plan Ahead for the Summer & Senior Year
§ Review your senior year class schedule with your counselor. Challenge yourself with honors and AP classes and stick with sequences you've begun, in the languages, for example. Read about how to select your courses.
Keep Your Momentum Up This Summer
§ Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, at colleges you're serious about, schedule interviews with admissions counselors. Be sure to bring your campus visit checklist.
§ Request applications from colleges to which you'll apply. Check important dates; some universities have early dates or rolling admissions.