11th Grade

 Junior Year Timeline

September

• Begin to consider what you will do after high school.Options include: pursuing some form of additional education (technicalschool, two-year or four-year college), military, or straight to work. 
• Find out how to register for the PSAT/NMSQT through the Guidance office.

October 

• Register and take the PSAT/NMSQT (given only in October). By doing so,you will get practice taking the SAT and an indication on how you mightscore as well as possibly qualifying for scholarships through theNational Merit Foundation. 
• PSAT Test date – Saturday, mid October
• Students register in early October through the guidance department.
• Attend college representative visits arranged through the Guidance office 
• Attend college fairs

November

• Keep your grades up (extra help is available from your teachers and NHS tutors) 
• Get involved in extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, volunteer work, etc.) if you haven’t done so already 

December

 Receive PSAT/NMSQT scores and review results. 
• Consider registering for a SAT prep course (school-sponsored, Kaplan,Princeton Review, Educational Services Center, etc.). Brochures areavailable in the Career Resource Center. 
• Develop your individual timeline for taking SAT I’s (and possibly SAT II’s) and check registration deadlines. 

January

• Decide what type of post-secondary education you are lookingfor (technical/career school, two-year college, four-year college, etc.)
• Consider the following factors: location, size, majors offered, socialenvironment, cost, admission requirements, academic rigor,activities/clubs, sports, etc. 
• Continue to prepare for your SAT I. 

February – April

 Begin seriously searching for post-secondary schools youmight like to attend. Use Naviance, college search websites (see JuniorPlanning Guide), and college guidebooks (available in the CareerResource Center) as resource materials. 
• Email colleges for catalogs, applications, etc. and get on their mailing list 
• Arrange to visit potential colleges during spring break – many schoolswill have open houses and tours during this time and you’ll be able tosee classes in session. 
• Register for the SAT I (March, May, or June). Registration bookletsare available in the Career Resource Center or you can register on-line at COLLEGE BOARD
• An additional standardized test to consider taking is the ACT (Aprilor June). Registration booklet are available in the Career ResourceCenter or you can register on-line at ACT 
• Students interested in attending one of the military academies shouldcontact their U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and express theirdesire to be nominated. 
• Students interested in playing sports in college and who may qualifyfor an athletic scholarship should contact coaches at schools they’reinterested in.

May

 Take the SAT I. 
• Submit an NCAA Clearinghouse form on-line, at www.eligibilitycenter.org, if you intend to participate in college athletics. Go to www.ncaastudent.org for more information. 

June

• Another chance to take the SAT I or ACT. 
• If a potential school requires them, take the SAT II subject tests.

July – August

• Continue to visit colleges during the summer. 
• Try to narrow down your list to between 5 – 7 schools to which youwill apply (your list should include a combination of reach, target, andsafety schools). 
• If you plan to apply for Early Decision, make a definite decision overthe summer and prepare to submit your application very early in theschool year. 
• Register early in September to take the SAT I’s again in October. 

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