Junior Year College Timeline
SEPTEMBER TO JANUARY
Plan to register for and take the PSAT/NMSQT Testing Program. This test is given only in October and serves three functions:
- gives you practice for the SAT's.
- lets you and your counselor get an early indication of how you may do on the SAT's.
- qualifies you for possible scholarships.
Secure information (available in Guidance) about the College Boards and plan to register for the spring testing program (May or June) SAT I and/or SAT II.
Make application to college if you qualify for Early Acceptance. (Early Acceptance is entering college after junior year.)
- Seriously begin your post-high school search. (Junior Parent Conferences will enable you to begin with a plan for research.)
- Write for college information or investigate using the Internet (applications, viewbooks, financial aid forms, etc.)
- Plan to sign up for the SAT I in May or June. Decide whether you need to take the SAT II for those subjects in which you are planning to terminate studies at the end of junior year. You may then take the SAT II at another test center in June.
- Students interested in the Service Academies should begin contacting their U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators expressing a desire to be nominated.
- Consider visiting some college campuses on your spring break. Collect applications and/or be sure your name is on the mailing list.
Take the SAT I.
- Some schools and colleges require that you process applications early. Find out if yours is one of them and make application accordingly.
- If you need them, take the SAT II in subjects you are presently studying. Check catalogues and resource books to see if these are necessary.
SUMMER (Junior Year)
- If you are going to apply for Early Decision in the fall, make a definite choice over the summer and prepare to submit your application very early in the school year. Early Decision candidates are notified of the admission decision in December. Early Decision policies vary. Check carefully to determine whether the Early Decision is binding or non-binding.
- Plan to visit some colleges and schools. It is the best way to truly tell about a school. Always telephone ahead to make an appointment.