Road Map for Juniors

Since it’s October of junior year, you probably just took the PSAT. My most important reminder about this exam is that it’s primarily a diagnostic test, just an opportunity to see how standardized testing might go later this year and start planning for whatever test prep you’ll do. Between now and December, when scores are released, there’s one thing I encourage: if you have not already done so, take a practice ACT so you can choose the test that best suits you and decide on your testing calendar. For more on developing your testing plan, I hope you’ll join me for This Is Only A Test on November 20th.

I also recommend juniors do some campus visits this fall to help identify your criteria for colleges that will be a good fit, and perhaps start to add colleges to your list. Spreading visits throughout the year will help keep the spring semester more manageable, so look for any available dates that you can fit in to your schedule.  And don’t forget that virtual visits can be helpful too. Not only are they a convenient way to learn more about a school, but if you register for the event and the admissions office knows you attended, they will also consider it a demonstration of your interest in the college. (Number 12 on this list.)

I’m working with juniors on their visit and testing plans, as well as looking ahead to the application process. If you’re interested in one-on-one advising, I hope you’ll get in touch.