- Review your high school coursework and activity plans. Keep in mind that colleges look for the following: challenging coursework, a strong GPA, and involvement in extracurricular activities such as sports, volunteer work, or church.
- Read through the Junior Handbook and familiarize yourself with the information on Mrs. Britt’s website. *
- Attend the CMHS Junior Information Night.
- Put together a “Top 10 List” – 10 colleges you might be interested in attending. Request a catalog and admissions information from these schools.
- Study and register for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) offered at CMHS.
- Review your high school transcript and TOPS report for accuracy. *
- Take the ASVAB.
- Take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).
- Study and register for the ACT Practice Test offered at CMHS.
- Attend College Night at CMHS as well as other parent/financial aid nights.
- Update your high school resume.
- Complete a career interest inventory. Having an idea of what you want to do in the future will help you determine what colleges will be a good fit.
- Begin online scholarship searches. *
- Take the ACT Practice Test (if you have not previously taken the ACT).
- Narrow down your “Top 10 List” to a “Top 5 List” and schedule college visits.
- Review your PSAT/NMSQT score report.
- Begin preparing for the state ACT test. Check with the colleges you are considering to find out specific score requirements for admissions and scholarship opportunities.
- Attend the ACT Prep Night offered at CMHS to learn about the ACT and prep opportunities (and to receive ACT practice test score reports, if applicable).
January – February
- Narrow down your “Top 5 List” to a “Top 3 List”. Research these schools in-depth. *
- Participate in an ACT prep class.
- Take the state ACT test.
- Register for senior year coursework. Consider dual enrollment and/or AP classes.
- Review your high school transcript for accuracy. Make sure you are on track for graduation.
April – May
- Review your ACT score report and prep for re-taking the test if necessary.
June – July
- Create a Common App account (https://commonapp.org)
- Begin preparing essays for college admissions and scholarship applications.
- Obtain a summer job that might be related to your career interests.
*Activities will be completed with Mrs. Britt