Most kids have been in school for a month now - if not more - and should all be “settled” into a routine that includes waking up early, staying up later than we want them to and, of course, contemplating the all-important college admissions question:
“What should I be doing now, to get into college later?”
Every month or every year of high school counts towards having more or less college options. Whether it’s grades or activities or visits or essays, high school students who want selective schools are putting in the work now.
Is your kid putting in the work?
If you have no clue on what your child should be doing this month as it relates to getting into college, I’ve made it easy for you. See below:
Money Matters: FAFSA + CSS PROFILE: Start filling out these forms to make sure to meet the deadlines set by the colleges on your child’s list.
Did your child take the SAT or ACT? Going test-optional: What is it? Confused about whether or not test scores matter? Here’s an overview of what you need to know.
And are you looking for a comprehensive list of colleges and universities with test-optional admission policies? Here you go! FairTest:
Test prep begins now: PSAT: Make sure your school is administering the PSAT so y0ur child can get a feel for what SAT Test Day will be like. Your child’s score will help to highlight their test-taking strengths and areas for improvement, and inform the test-prep plan moving forward.
Can’t visit colleges in person? Virtual college tours: Curious about what colleges actually look like? Have fun searching through these student-driven virtual college tours.
What college major should your child be thinking about? YouScience Aptitudes Test: Have your child take this online assessment, which uses a combination of personality, interest, and aptitudes testing to help them explore careers that might be a good fit.
Four-Year Course Planner: Make sure your child stays on track for both high school and college requirements by filling out this planner each semester. Review the graduation requirements for each subject area and the different course levels offered. The more selective the college, the more it will want to see your child go above and beyond the minimum requirements.