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Focus on your grades and continue to develop your skills and co-curricular interests.


  • Get involved in co-curricular activities such as clubs, sports or after school programs. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities.
  • You should be taking the PSAT in October. The PSAT is a preliminary test that will prepare you for the SAT Reasoning Test. Sales start Sept.1st and are first come first served until seats are filled. Don't wait!
  • Start recording your co-curricular involvement, community service, and job history in your portfolio.
  • Make sure you are "on top" of your academic work. If necessary, meet with your teacher for additional help.
  • Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your portfolio. 


  • Receive results of the PSAT. Read materials sent with your score report. You will receive a code that will provide a personalized study plan.
  • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities.


  • Using College Search continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals. 
  • Consider taking a summer course or participating in a special program (e.g., for prospective engineers or journalists or for those interested in theatre or music) at a local college or community college. Enroll in an academic summer program. Consider working or volunteering.
  • Continue reading to increase your vocabulary. 
  • If you are an athlete and plan on playing in college, contact the coaches at the schools to which you are applying and ask about intercollegiate and intramural sports programs and athletic scholarships. Complete the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse registration if you hope to play Division I or II sports.