The College Workout

Should I Take SAT Subject Tests?

Amy Jasper Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some colleges require or recommend that applicants take two or three SAT Subject Tests. Unlike the SAT or the ACT, these are hour-long content based tests. Each test is on one subject and a student can take up to three in one sitting. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, math and science. You should choose the tests that will best showcase the subject areas where you excel. A few other things to consider:

 

Check the college's website to see if it requires any specific Subject Tests or if you can choose. For example, a college may require that prospective engineering majors take the Math 2 Subject Test and a at least one science Subject Test.

 

Take the subject test right after you've completed the recommended classes in school because the material will still be fresh. Look here:https://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-subject-test-preparation

to find the recommended preparation guidelines for each subject as well as practice questions. The May and June test dates of sophomore and junior years tend to be the best dates for this.  

Prepare. Try the free practice questions, download the Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests practice booklet or use other preparation resources. 


Remember, all colleges and universities do NOT consider SAT Subject Tests in their admissions process. The best way to confirm testing requirements is directly on the college's website.

Register for subject test here:  https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/

 


Juniors: Spring Semester To Do List

Amy Jasper Monday, February 02, 2015

  • Register for at least one SAT and/or ACT spring test date(s) and prepare. Consider taking SAT subject tests in May or June. Find complete testing information at:   http://sat.collegeboard.org/home  and www.actstudent.org
  • Don't get spring fever. Continue to put your best effort into your classes. Need help? Ask for it.
  • Stay organized.
  • Schedule challenging courses for senior year. Do not slack off.
  • Meet with your school counselor to create a list of colleges that you want to seriously consider. Make sure the list has a balance of reach, target, and likely schools. 
  • Continue to visit and research colleges of interest.
  • Continue conversation with family about your college plans.
  • How will you pay for college? Learn about financial aid at http://www.finaid.org/fafsa/
  • In the spring, ask a teacher who knows you well to write your teacher recommendation for college applications in the fall.

It's September Seniors: Keep Calm and Do This Now

Amy Jasper Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Register for ACT, SAT, and/or SAT II.
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss the schools to which you are applying and what you need to do to have your transcripts and recommendations sent. Follow your counselor's directions and adhere to their deadlines.
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teacher(s).
  • Create a chart of your college deadlines and requirements. Remember that short of a natural disaster, colleges are not flexible with deadlines. You must be on time.
  • Complete essays in a timely fashion. Have someone proofread your essays and applications.
  • Meet admissions representatives who visit your school.
  • Have official test scores sent to the colleges to which you're applying.

Social Media - It's a Small World After All

Amy Jasper Monday, September 02, 2013

Social media has made ‘it’s a small world’ far more then a figure of speech or a ride at Disney World. Many colleges have ways for prospective students to be connected to their potential schools by FB, Twitter, blogs, and various other mediums. Whether you are a senior preparing to apply to colleges or a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader, you need to be keenly aware of your online presence. A great rule to follow is: only post pictures, videos, or comments online that you would not be embarrassed to show your grandmother or have plastered on a bill board on I-95. Apply this to all sites that you participate – FB, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. Also create an email address that is basic and professional. Applying to one’s dream school with the email address iHateTarheelBlue@gmail.com or dukediva@gmail.com is not a good look. It is a fact that some colleges and employers do indeed Google applicants or checkout their FB page. How many? We’ll never truly know… but better safe than sorry.


Happy New Year Seniors!

Amy Jasper Monday, January 14, 2013

Right now there are two kinds of college bound seniors. One has already been accepted into the school of their choice and has decided to attend. The other is still applying to colleges. Both are perfectly fine positions to be in but require different plans of action. The following steps in these winter months will keep you on track for a happy spring.

 Seniors Who Can Kiss the Admissions Process Goodbye:

  • Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
  • Say Thank You – Remember you did not get to this point on your own. Thank those who supported you in this process, wrote letters, proofread, paid for application fees, took you on college visits, etc.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • If you were admitted under binding ED, be sure to withdraw your applications from other schools.                                                  

 Seniors in the Homestretch of the Process:

  • Be sure to adhere to deadlines, as many are January 15th or February 1st.
  • Don’t let your energy fade. Put as much into these last applications as you did others.
  • Give your college list a final review. Think of admission decision worse case scenarios and be certain you have choices you can be happy with.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • Be patient... it's a virtue.

 

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