Juniors, jump-start your college planning
The last half of your junior year is here and that means it's time to spring into action. Ideally, you've already been thinking about college and investigating your choices, but now is the time for action. Just ask any senior. Time goes by very quickly.
Here are some things to do:
Five Reasons to Take Challenging Courses
ACT's list of high school course recommendations can serve as a guide for planning your choices (www.actstudent.org/college and search for plan courses). Be sure to check with the colleges and universities you're interested in to compare the requirements.
Taking the ACT - How Soon? How Often?
No one likes to take tests, so make sure that you're prepared when you do take your college entrance exam. The ACT measures your skills and knowledge in English, math, science, and reading. A good time to take it is the spring semester of your junior year. Advantages to testing your junior year are:
The decision to take the ACT more than once depends on your own situation. If you are happy with your scores, you don't need to take it again. But if you think you'll do better a second time because you will know what to expect or you've taken additional classes, then take it again. Talk it over with your parents and counselor if you are uncertain.
Test Date Reminder
The next nationwide ACT testing date is February 11, 2006. The regular registration deadline is January 6 and the late registration is January 20. The next national test date after that is April 8, 2006. Online registration and test date information is available at www.actstudent.org/regist/index.html. If you choose to register online, register early to avoid heavy web traffic and delays.
ACT's optional Writing Test was offered for the first time last February. Go to www.actstudent.org/writing/index.html to find out about the Writing Test, including what the colleges you're interested in have decided about requiring it.
While you're at the website, don't forget to take advantage of the test prep aids, including free sample test questions at www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html. You can also find test day tips, a list of items to bring to the test, and details on what type of calculator you can use on the Math Test.
The online ACT Store also offers sample test booklets-real ACT tests from previous years. Your ACT registration packet, available from the guidance office, also includes a sample test. Try taking it and timing yourself to prepare for test day.
For all your questions about the ACT test, visit www.actstudent.org.