Juniors - Are You Ready?

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Juniors - Are You Ready?. CCHS Guidance Department. What Should You Be Doing Now?. Consider Future Career Options. In order to choose a career thats going to be right for you, you need to consider: Your Abilities (What you are good at) Your Interests (What you like to do) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Juniors - Are You Ready?

CCHS Guidance DepartmentWhat Should You Be Doing Now?

Consider Future Career OptionsIn order to choose a career thats going to be right for you, you need to consider:Your Abilities (What you are good at)Your Interests (What you like to do)Your Aptitudes (What you have natural talent for)Whats Important to You (Money, work environment, travel, job security, etc.)Six Ways to Prepare for a Great CareerHigh School Career and Technology ProgramsFour Year CollegeTwo-Year Community or Technical CollegeCareer or Trade SchoolMilitaryApprenticeshipJunior YearYour junior year is when you should be:Taking college testsMaking college visitsSearching for scholarshipsOctober10/16/13 - PSAT/NMSQT10/3/13 - ASVAB

March to June If your are planning to attend a four year college, take the ACT and/or the SAT. To get information and to register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org. To get information and register for the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.org. What Colleges are Looking ForCourse SelectionGPASAT/ACT ScoresEssayExtracurricular ActivitiesRecommendation LettersAwardsIndependenceCourse Selection

Colleges want to see what your interests are. Did you take courses in high school that relate to what you will study in college?Did you take the most rigorous courses offered?GPA - Grade Point Average

Colleges will look at your GPA along with your course selection to determine how well you will perform in college.The higher your GPA is the greater chance you have of getting accepted into the college of your choice.SAT/ACTColleges use your SAT/ACT score(s) as a determining factor in whether or not you will be able to perform at the college level.

EssayWrite,write, write and get better at writing.Colleges are interested in reading what you have to say.

Extracurricular Activities

Colleges want to know how you spend your time outside of school.Are you able to handle the course load while participating in other activities?Do you work well with groups?Recommendation LettersCollege admission counselors read those recommendation letters because they are interested in what others have to say about you.Normally, your recommendation will be requested of your Guidance Counselor or by a teacher.

AwardsColleges want to know what awards you have received for all of your hard earned efforts.Keep a list of all of your accomplishments.Keep a portfolio!


Colleges believe that this should be student initiated, not parent initiated. Parents should be informed, but this should be an independent process by the student.Colleges want to know if the student is applying because they want to be there or are they applying because their parents want them there.ACT/SAT Whats the Difference?Test LengthACT3 hours, 25 minutes (including the 30-minute optional Writing TestSAT3 hours, 45 minutesTest StructureACT4 Test Sections (5 with the optional Writing Test): English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing (Optional), Experimental Test (sometimes added and clearly labeled)SAT10 Sections: 3 Critical Reading, 3 Math, 3 Writing (Including the Essay), 1 Experimental (unscored but included as a regular section)ReadingACTReading Comprehension - 4 passages with 10 questions per passage.SATReading Comprehension - short and long passages with questions sentence completionMath ACTArithmetic, algebra, geometry, algebra II, and trigonometrySATArithmetic, algebra, geometry, and algebra IIScienceACTAnalysisInterpretationEvaluation,Basic ContentProblem SolvingSATScience is not includedEssayACTLast thing you do (optional): 30 minutesNot included in composite scoreTopic of importance to high school studentsSATFirst thing you do: 25 minutesFactored into overall scoreMore abstract topic (vs.. ACT)ScoringACTComposite score of 1 - 36, based on average score of 4 tests4 scores of 1-36 for each testPlus optional Writing Test Score of 0 - 12SATTotal score of 600 - 2400, based on adding scores from 3 subjects3 scores of 200 - 800 for each subjectScore of 0 - 12 for the EssayWrong Answer PenaltyACTNo penalty for wrong answers.SAT1/4 point subtracted for each wrong answer (except for Math Grid-In questions)Sending Score HistoryACTYou decide which score is sentSATYour entire score history will be sent automatically.New - Beginning with the class of 2010, you decide which score is sent.Test Contact InformationACT, Inc.1-319-337-1000actstudent.orgSATThe College Board1-866-756-7346collegeboard.orgUpcoming Test DatesACTReg. Deadline Test Date9/27/13 10/26/1311/8/13 12/14/131/10/14 2/8/143/7/14 4/12/145/9/14 6/14/14SATReg. Deadline Test Date9/6/13 10/5/1310/3/123 11/2/1311/8/13 12/7/1312/27/13 1/25/142/7/14 3/8/144/4/14 5/3/145/9/14 6/7/14 Testing Fee WaiversStudents may qualify for a testing fee waiver if they receive free or reduced lunch.Students may receive a total of 2 fee waivers. (1 in the Junior Year and 1 in the Senior Year or 2 in the Senior Year)