Grade 11 Scheduling

Newsletters and Forms

 

Grade 11 Fall Newsletter 2014
Grade 11 Spring Newsletter 2015
College Application Packet 2014-15

 

Alphabet Soup of College Admissions

 

ACT

American College Test. College entrance examination. Tests Math, Social Studies, English, and Science.

 

ASVAB

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This exam is required in order to enlist in the military. Also a good tool for helping students decide what kind of career they would be good at based on their interests, skills and values.

 

CEEB CODE

School code number. South Williamsport’s is 395325.

 

Early Action

Similar to Early Decision but is not a binding contract and a student does not need to withdraw other applications if accepted.

 

Early Admissions

A student is accepted and attends college instead of attending their senior year of high school.

 

Early Decision

A college will decide to accept a student early (usually in December). The student must withdraw any other applications. This is a binding contract.

 

FAFSA

Free Application Federal Student Aid. This is the required application for most financial aid.

 

Profile

Financial Aid form required by some private colleges. A list of these colleges is available in the guidance office.

 

GPA

Grade Point Average. A numeric average of all of a students’ high school grades.

 

PSAT/NMSQT

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A practice SAT exam taken in October of a students Junior year. High scores may qualify students for National Merit Scholarships.

 

SAT I

Scholastic Aptitude Test. College entrance examination, math and verbal questions only.

 

SAT II

College entrance examination. Subject specific. Student needs to research which colleges require these exams.

 

TAP

Tuition Assistance Program for college.

 

Grade 11 Timeline

 

August

 

  • Review your high school course work and activity plans.
  • Register at www.collegeboard.com and follow “SAT question-of-the-day” on Twitter.
  • Keep in mind that colleges look for the following:
    Challenging course work
    GPA (Grade Point Average)
    How you spend your free time:

    • sports and other extracurricular activities
    • volunteer work
    • church and/or community involvement
    • employment

 

September

 

  • Identify the sources of college and career information in school. Start looking through guidance publications, college catalogs and guidebooks.
  • Put together a list of 10-15 colleges that you would like to attend. Plan to apply to 3-5 schools.
  • Talk to your parents, along with your high school counselor, and other adults, about where you want to go to school.
  • Study for and register to take, the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT).
  • Start a savings plan (every little bit helps).
  • Attend the College Fair at Lycoming College

 

October

  • Read, practice and take the PSAT/NMSQT. (Remember to take your calculator.)

 

November

 

  • Think about college majors and career areas that correspond with your abilities/interests.
  • Continue to research colleges/careers using guidance resources.
  • Talk to your parents and teachers about college interests.

 

December

 

  • PSAT results arrive. Look at the SAT requirements of different schools and compare them to your PSAT results. Work to overcome your areas of weakness.
  • Read SAT I bulletin.
  • Talk with graduates who are home from college.

 

January

 

  • Attend Financial Aid Night.
  • Register for spring SAT I and/or ACT.
  • Search online for colleges.
  • Take Keystones if necessary.

 

February

 

  • Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs, or activities.
  • Meet with counselor to discuss 12th grade schedule and future plans.

 

March

 

  • Practice and prepare for College Entrance Examinations (SAT or ACT).
  • Identify colleges you are considering that require the SAT II’ s. Consider registering for the May or June test
  • Know what financial aid is available from private programs.
  • Meet with your counselor to schedule challenging senior year courses.

 

April

 

  • Begin visiting the colleges on your list and do an overnight visit if available.
  • Begin to narrow your college list.
  • Develop a resume.
  • Explore early decision/early action options.

 

May

 

  • Take the SAT or ACT exam.
  • Be aware of SAT I/SAT II and ACT test deadlines and the dates colleges want these tests completed.
  • Identify teachers whom you may ask for recommendations
  • Athletes, register with NCAA Clearinghouse.
  • Take Keystones if necessary

 

June

 

  • If possible obtain a summer job. Save the money for college costs.
  • Schedule visits to colleges over the summer for interviews and information sessions.
  • Job shadow in a career field that interests you.
  • Involve yourself in some “meaningful” activities.
  • Finalize resume.
  • If portfolios will be required for college applications, begin collecting samples.

 

Free Online SAT Preparation Resources

 

 

Khan Academy

Online guided SAT practice, full practice exams, targeted math, reading, and writing practice with videos that show step-by-step solutions for each question.  (Khan Academy also has its own YouTube channel)

 

CB Practice Test

 

SAT practice exam directly from the College Board

 

CB Practice Questions

 

SAT practice questions directly from the College Board

 

ePrep

 

Diagnostic SAT Exam (timed with ability to pause, graded upon conclusion instantly, solutions provided with video and/or written explanation)

 

INeedAPencil

 

Free Comprehensive SAT Prep Website

 

ePrep Wordsmith

 

Wordsmith Challenge (SAT prep game designed to help prepare you for SAT verbal sections)

 

PWN the SAT

 

Tons of SAT practice and study guides from an SAT expert

 

Ultimate SAT Verbal

 

Expert blog on how to tackle the SAT verbal section with exercises, grammar rules, critical reading tips, essay writing guide, idiom list, etc.

 

Major Tests

 

Hundreds of SAT practice questions with step-by-step explanations of the correct answer for each question.

 

ProProf

 

SAT study guides, practice tests, SAT Wiki, practice questions, test prep videos, flashcards, and cram sheets.

 

4 Tests

 

SAT practice exam and questions (allows you to choose content sections to focus on).

 

Powerscore

 

Multiple full SAT practice exams

 

Princeton Review

 

Register with Princeton Review for free and get access to a free online practice test.

 

Kaplan Test Prep

 

Register with Kaplan Test Prep for free and get access to a free online practice test.

 

Prep Interactive

 

Prep Interactive SAT tutoring videos.

 

Quizlet

 

Hundreds of online quizzes to help study for the SAT

 

Free Rice

 

Vocabulary practice questions (for each correct answer the website donates 10 grains of rice to help end global hunger).

 

2400 Expert Webinars and videos outlining effective SAT strategies to maximize your score

 

Grade 11 Faculty

 

Verna Correll
Guidance

Kevin Eck
English

Jamie Bloom
Math

JoAnn Kennedy
World Cultures and History

Matt Eisley
Chemistry

Elizabeth Frey
Support


Important Websites

 

www.educationplanner.org
www.pacareerzone.org
www.petersons.com
www.studentservices.com/fastweb
www.collegeboard.org
www.nces.ed.gov/nceskids
www.kaplan.com
www.njsca.org/col/col&car.htm
www.collegequest.com
www.schoolsintheusa.com
www.discovercolleges.com
www.campustours.com
www.collegenet.com
www.embark.com
www.princetonreview.com
www.studentnow.com
www.nextsteps.org
www.apprentice.org
www.myfuture.com
www.careervoyages.gov
www.careerkey.org
www.careerclusters.org
www.careerexplorer.net

 

 

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