Take the PSAT/NMSQT
All Juniors can take the PSAT for FREE.
Check with your school about location and time.
Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before, eat breakfast, and dress in layers. Some testing rooms are toasty and some are a freezer. Be prepared!
Remember, this year is the year that counts for National Merit Scholarship qualification, so be prepared to do your best.
Update Your High School Course Planner
Update or start building a four-year college and career readiness plan to achieve your high school goals. You can create plans based on careers you'd like to try, graduation requirements, and more. This is a living, changing document so don't get caught up feeling locked into your first draft. Your advisor will work with you to make plans for the education or training you need for your career choice.
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Attend a College Fair
Attend the Mesa Public Schools College Fair - this annual event allows you to meet college reps, and learn about out of state, in state and community college programs and campuses. Over 100 colleges, and high school programs are represented at the Mesa Public Schools College Fair, held on Monday, October 21st, at Westwood High School, from 6 - 8 pm.
Attend the NACAC College Fair (National Association for College Admission Counseling) at the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday, October 20th, from 11am - 3am. Don't miss this opportunity to meet with representatives from hundreds of colleges throughout the nation.
College Fair Tips - Use these tips from NACAC to make the most out of the experience.
Provide your information one time through a simple, online registration page instead of dozens of times on prospect cards at each college table.
Research College Entrance and Applications
Now is the time to really dig into your college research (if you haven’t already started). It is important that you understand the entry requirements for all of the universities or colleges that you are interested in applying to. University and college entrance requirements can vary widely from state to state. You also should begin looking at the applications to ensure you are aware of what you need to accomplish early senior year.
Review Financial Aid Options
How will you pay for college? Did you know there are grants, loans, scholarships and work study programs available through the federal government? To learn what you would possibly qualify for, you can complete the FAFSA forecaster (link). Be sure to review the FAFSA website (link) as well. You can now apply for the FAFSA as early as October of your senior year.
Finish this semester strong. Study hard for your finals.
Take advantage of any teacher or school-wide study sessions. Do not wait till the very last week to get help in a subject you may be struggling in.
If you feel like a class is particularly easy for you, help out a friend and be a tutor. Teaching others material can only help solidify it for you too. Talk to your school's service learning coach about how to count those hours.