Pre-College Checklist


  • 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 (
  • 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