Everybody progresses through school at a different pace, however there are some things that all of you should be thinking about along the way. Take a look at the timeline below to see what you should be thinking about this year while preparing for college.

9th & 10th Grade
  • Focus on Academics

    Take rigorous courses & dedicate yourself to doing your best to establish a strong high school transcript.

  • Take the PSAT

    This practice test will be your first exposure to the SAT and will give you a sense of your strengths & weaknesses.

  • Extracurricular Activities

    Immerse yourself in meaningful activities that exhibit your talents & allow you to explore your interests.

  • Maximize Summers

    Make the most of your summer break. Identify academic programs, community service, or travel opportunities.

11th Grade
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT

    Use this year’s test not only to indicate your current testing abilities but also to take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

  • Prep for SAT/ACT

    Take practice SAT and ACT tests to determine your best test. Create a test taking plan. Meet regularly with a tutor for test prep.

  • Take SAT/ACT

    Focus on prepping for and taking your tests. Plan to take the test 2-3 times during 11th grade to reach your goal score.

  • Learn About Colleges

    To begin forming a college list, learn more about schools & programs by taking college tours, attending admissions events, and exploring college websites.

  • Craft Your College List

    Create a list of your best fit schools to include safety, target, and reach schools.

  • Write College Essays

    Focus on crafting your application essays to exhibit your unique strengths & passions.

  • Get Organized

    Create a detailed spreadsheet with application deadlines, requirements, & details.

  • Create Application Acccounts

    Set up your online college applications & begin filling them out with your personal data.

12th Grade
  • Request Letters of Recommendation

    Ask teachers who know you best to write letters on your behalf.

  • Work on Applications

    Fill out your college applications, and be sure to compile and attach all necessary documents.

  • Demonstrate Interest

    Contact admissions representatives from each of your colleges and arrange interviews, if possible.

  • Apply

    Submit completed applications and send in all additional documents including test scores, transcripts, & letters of recommendation.

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