Test scores suggest a high percentage of high schoolstudents are not ready for college.
Only a quarter of the 1.8 million graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2013 met readiness benchmarks in all four core subjects – English, math, science and reading. That figure dropped from 31 percent in 2012, according to annual reports by ACT Inc.
Students who hit the mark on the test have a 75 percent chance of passing a first-year college course in that subject. Those who fall short are more likely to struggle in college and many will waste time and tuition dollars on remedial courses.
To put teens on a trajectory for success, college prep needs to start early, says Ruth Lohmeyer, a counselor at Lincoln Northeast High School in Nebraska.
“We start already in eighth grade,” she says, noting that students start building their college plan when they select classes for ninth grade.
Read Kelsey Sheehy’s article for ways to plan for college during each year of high school.
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Strong grades, test scores and quality essays are essential for impressing college admissions officers, but experts say the timing of application submissions can also play a role in whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail.
The most recent data from the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows that between 2010 and 2011, the percentage of students applying to at least three colleges rose to 79% from 77%, and the percentage applying to at least seven colleges rose to 29% from 25%. By comparison, only 67% of students applied to three or more colleges in 2000, while 12% applied to seven or more.
With a larger competitive applicant pool, particularly at more selective colleges, students can explore different application options such as early decision, early action, rolling admissions and regular decision to create an effective strategy and determine financial aid opportunities.
“If they do their research well, they should have 10 to 15 first choice schools and try to maximize their chances of getting into the majority of those schools,” says Katherine Cohen, CEO and founder of educational consulting company IvyWise. “They have to be honest about their profile, understand the demographic they’re applying from and then move on that way.”
Read the rest of Emily Driscoll’s article for more information about the different types of admissions deadlines.
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Most high school students are familiar with the SAT and spend considerable time getting ready for the exam. However, before they ever sit for the SAT, many will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Many take this test without doing anything to prepare. Unfortunately, students often assume the exam is just a practice test that doesn’t have any real value since college admissions offices do not use the score to assess applications.
While it is true that the score is not a factor like the SAT and ACT in admissions decisions, a good performance on the PSAT is still crucial.
Read Ryan Maness’ article for the three main reasons that PSAT scores matter.
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Parents and the college bound are ready to visit colleges but aren’t sure what to ask when they get there. Attending a college information session and tour are part of goodcollege prep, but these school introductions are designed to market the campus and show off its perks. Parents and students can maximize college visits opportunities by asking key questions that give the inside story.
There are 10 top questions to ask and they reflect parent and student chief concerns for academic/nonacademic best fit. Here, in Part 1 of this article are the top five questions parents should ask on college visits. Stay tuned for Part 2 for students.
While the student is having a college interview, sitting in on a class, chatting with current students in the Student Center and generally doing his college prep, parents can excuse themselves to search for their own answers.
Read Wendy David-Gaines’ article for the top 10 questions to ask on your campus tours.
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