Junior Check List

  • Register and take the SAT® and/or ACT® by June
    • As colleges move their application deadlines earlier and earlier (Early Decision. Early Action and Priority Deadline), it is important to attempt to complete testing by June of the junior year.
  • Take subject tests in May if required
    • First ascertain whether a college requires these tests and has specific requirements as to which subject tests must be taken. These highly competitive universities expect high scores. We will provide you with materials with which to prepare.
    • Do not take the subject test until you have completed the advanced placement course in that area
  • Application Assistance
    • If not started sooner, you should start to prepare your applications by the middle of your junior year. The process is exacting but does not have to be daunting. We can work with you throughout the entire experience resulting in a successful outcome and a wonderful experience in the right college.
    • Admissions Officers judge you based on the four basic criteria:
      • Challenge or difficulty of courses
      • Test Scores
      • Grades
      • Leadership
    • Sign up for application assistance if you have not yet done so otherwise if you have registered for our supportive assistance call for an appointment now to start this process
    • Draft Resume
    • Develop Personal Statement
    • Apply for summer programs, internships, research opportunities and jobs
  • Earn the best grades you have ever earned
    • Most Admission Officers require a high school profile to determine the quality of the courses that you have taken. They want you to show upward progression and earn the best grades in the most challenging courses. They prefer to see AP and IB courses if you can accept the challenge but expect to see good grades. It is also important the you sign up for strong courses in your senior year.
  • Be a leader
    • It is much more important to be a leader in one activity than to me a member of many clubs. Community service is a significant requirement to be considered for admission to many schools. Admissions Officers are looking for the next generation of leaders on their campuses.