College Readiness Assessments
The SAT and ACT are the required tests for college admissions. Students should take either test for the first time in the spring of their junior year. There is no limit to the amount of times a student can test, but here are some things to consider:
- Students should take either test for the first time in the spring of junior year.
- Students should test twice at a minimum. Regardless of the score on the first test, colleges want to see an attempt at improvement.
- Report scores prior to taking the test. Students can report scores to a college prior to completing (or even beginning) an application.
- Fee waivers are available for those who qualify. Check with your counselor for more details.
- Sign up for the writing portion on either test.
- Take advantage of free online prep resources such as KhanAcademy.org/SA
Reporting Class Rank
Class rank information will be provided to all students, but students can opt to withhold their rank and quartile on transcripts. This packet offers advice and suggestions about whether to report rank or not, but it is the individual families responsibility to consider the student’s unique circumstances and make the choice. To help you make this decision, use the Student Worksheet to gather your individual data.
If your decision is to withhold rank, please complete the withhold class rank form and submit it to the school registrar by October 1, 2018. If your Withhold class rank form is not received prior to your transcript request, your class rank will be provided on your transcript.
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Texas colleges and universities offer students the possibility to receive assured admissions based on criteria other than being in the top ten percent. This means that based on a certain SAT or ACT score, the school will accept you automatically as long as you complete the application process. To read the Assured Admissions Criteria chart, find your quartile and class rank percentage at the top. Below that, you can view what SAT or ACT scores will be required to have assured admissions into the university. If it says "Reviewed", the school will review your full application before making a decision.
Parents of high school seniors—what is something that you can do now that will help your student attend college or a post-secondary program next year? File the FAFSA or the TASFA.
Not sure if filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid) is right for you? Here are the facts:
• There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income are taken into account.
• Filing a FAFSA or a TASFA form is the only way to become eligible for most state, federal, and institutional scholarships, grants, work-study, and other types of financial aid.
• Some colleges won’t even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you’ve submitted a FAFSA.