COLLEGE PREP PATHWAY
11th Grade Suggested Courses and Activities
Stay organized. During this year, especially after taking the PSAT during the month of October, colleges will begin to send large amounts of material to you. It helps if you file information alphabetically or by state in a file cabinet or large container. If information is sent to you via email create files for private, UC, CSU and or out of state colleges.
In October register through the Counseling Office for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), a practice exam for the SAT, which is required for
several national scholarships, such as the National Merit, National
Achievement, and the National Hispanic Scholarship programs. Learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT
o Take the PSAT and use the results to see where you are strong and where you need to improve in order to be ready for college. Link your PSAT scores to Khan Academy to receive personalized prep tests.
o If taking Advanced Placement subjects, register to take the AP exams in the spring. Scoring well will give you credit for college-level courses!
o Begin thinking about when to take college entrance exams (SAT or ACT). If you take the exam in the spring, you will receive the results in time to determine if you need to retake the test in the fall of your senior year.
o Athletes who want to play at a NCAA university need to register with the NCAA, a process called certification by the NCAA Clearinghouse. This should be done after the spring semester of the junior year. The NCAA will also need the grades from the second semester the junior year, as well as a student's SAT scores to complete the certification process). Athletes should also become familiar with recruiting guidelines which can be found on the NCAA website. Links to both the NCAA & the NAIA can be found at the resources NCAA link. http://www.ncaa.org/
o When taking the SBAC Assessment test in spring make sure that you answer the supplemental items which comprise the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) in mathematics and English Language Arts. The results of these tests will help you make the best use of your senior year.
o Prepare for the SAT or ACT by reviewing books with testing tips and sample questions. These can be found in bookstores, libraries, schools, or testing websites.
Continue to plan your path to college by logging onto Naviance by using your Powerschool user name and password.
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