Test Prep and Application Deadlines for College Bound Juniors and Seniors

college boundIt’s September and we know what that means – paperwork. But as you’re updating your calendar with dates for school holidays and activities, don’t forget to write down some key college planning dates. Here’s what to keep track of this fall.

PSAT: PSATs will be administered Oct. 15 and 18. Watch for sign-ups through your high school.

SAT/Subject Tests: The SAT and associated Subject Tests are offered Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Check out this calendar for all the details about registering.

ACT: The ACT will be offered on Sept. 13, Oct. 25 and Dec. 13. Check here for more information.

Common Application: Dates vary by school, but many of them fall on Nov. 1. Check out this link to find information pertinent to the schools to which you are submitting.

Early Decision/Early Action: Deadlines for applying for early decision vary by school but typically fall between Oct. 15 and Nov. 1.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): The federal deadline is June 30, 2015, but it is always smart to work ahead. Find out more about FAFSA here.

Being aware of these dates is crucial as you navigate the college admissions process. But they’re not the only ones that matter. Throughout fall, it’s vital to stay current on other activities that will help you when college application time comes. Here are some activities your child should work into their schedule:

  • Meet with the guidance counselor to discuss goals.
  • Find out when college reps will be at your school or nearby and meet with as many as you can.
  • Visit colleges any chance you get. It’s the best way to get a feel for what a school is really like.
  • Keep a running document that cites your accomplishments to help with essays and letters of recommendation as needed.
  • Create files to keep copies of all the correspondence you send and receive.
  • Create a spreadsheet with all the important application dates specific to your school.
  • Begin searching for scholarships – a few small ones can be just as impactful as one big one.
  • Begin requesting letters of recommendation from your favorite teachers.
  • Download all the applications you will need and start thinking about your essays.

Fall can be a busy season for the college bound junior or senior. Staying on top of your schoolwork, in addition to your college planning, requires juggling and commitment. As you navigate your studies, don’t forget that our tutors are available 24/7 to help with college essays or test prep. Call on us, anytime, to help smooth the way through challenging material to ensure you are earning the scores that will vault you to the top of college admissions.

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