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 might score as well as possibly qualifying for scholarships through theNational Merit Foundation. 
• 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.).
• 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 you might like to attend. Use Naviance and college search websites (see JuniorPlanning Guide).
• Email colleges for catalogs, applications, etc. and get on their mailing list.
• Arrange to visit potential colleges during spring break – many schools will have open houses and tours during this time and you’ll be able to see classes in session. 
• Register for the SAT I (March, May, or June). Registration booklets are 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 (April or 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 should contact their U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and express their desire to be nominated. 
• Students interested in playing sports in college and who may qualify for an athletic scholarship should contact coaches at schools they’re interested 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 you will apply (your list should include a combination of reach, target, and safety schools). 
• If you plan to apply for Early Decision, make a definite decision over the summer and prepare to submit your application very early in the school year. 
• Register early in September to take the SAT I’s again in October. 

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