College Beat for Juniors – September 2019
Dear Parents of Juniors,
It is time to sign up your child for the ACT, SAT, or both! Students must take one of the tests in order to be accepted into college. To sign up for the SAT, please go to www.collegeboard.org. To sign up for the ACT, please go to www.actstudent.org. Every college in the country accepts either test!
Each site takes about 30 minutes to complete the registration. The ACT also includes a free interest inventory for your student to complete, then gives suggestions (based on their answers) on possible fields of study they may be interested in! I strongly encourage your student to complete the inventory. It will take another 20-30 minutes but is well worth it.
You will be able to choose where you want to take the SAT or ACT (such as LCA, Lamar, or Westbrook), when you want to take it (the sooner the better!), then pay on the site. Also, at the end of the registration, it will allow you to send your scores to up to 4 colleges FOR FREE! Please do that on the site!! If you wait until after you receive your scores, you will have to pay to have them sent, and it takes longer. It’s okay if the scores are not where you want them to be after the first time; it’s still a good idea to have them automatically sent. I would make one of the 4 colleges Lamar.
I strongly encourage every Junior to take one or both of the tests next semester. College applications can now begin as early as August, so already having a college entrance test score helps speed up the acceptance!
Also, during the summer, try to set up college visits of your student’s top 3 choices. Sign up on each college’s website for a scheduled visit ahead of time. And, your child will need to get the Bacterial Meningitis shot over the summer-ugh!