Road Map for November: Juniors

Most of you just took the PSAT in October, and I hope it went well! You’ll be getting scores in December, and for many juniors this is the first step in creating your standardized testing plan. However, I hope the pressure around the SAT and ACT is receding as a result of the test-optional movement. The lack of access to testing in 2020 resulted in an explosion from about 1,050 test-optional colleges in February 2020 to more than 1,775 today, and many schools have already announced that they will remain test-optional for the Class of 2023. For more on this trend and what it means for students, as well as your next steps, I hope you’ll join me on November 21 for This Is Only a Test.

Are you a student-athlete hoping to continue to play your sport in college? You can now register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  The NCAA also just released an updated version of its Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete. If you’re interested in playing at the varsity level, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the recruiting rules and procedures. Of course, you don’t have to be recruited to continue to play for fun or even at a competitive level. As you do your research this year to develop your college list, think about whether you want athletics to be part of your college experience, and include each school’s club and intramural opportunities in your evaluation of whether it will be a good fit for you.