Junior Timeline

Third Quarter

3-6-9-12-15 Did you make it?

You should now have twelve credits completed. If you have your twelve credits - congratulations!  If you are behind, make sure to speak with your student advisor about the best way for you to get back on track.  It's not too late, but senior year is right around the corner!

Senior Year Registration and Course Request

Review your 4-year plan and 12th grade course requests. Make sure that your senior year courses will satisfy your graduation requirements. This is your last chance to take AP, Dual Enrollment or Honors classes. The level of rigor you take in high school is often a consideration in college acceptance and scholarship awards.  Consider college Programs of Study (major map link?) when deciding on Dual Enrollment versus AP.  You can check how credits will transfer in state at (AZ Transfer).

Discuss your course selections with parents/guardians/teachers/advisors. Ask the experts of the classes and the people that know you the best what they would recommend.  Plus, discussing your plans and goals with people can help hold you accountable.

Choose your course requests carefully. Double check to make sure your requests are correct and legible.  You do not want to have to wait in long lines in the fall trying to get a schedule change for something that could have been avoided. Be sure you register for everything you need to graduate next year.   (link grad requirements). 

Personal Statements & College Essays

Do you know the importance of a well-written personal statement and/or college essay in getting you into the university of your choice and in obtaining scholarships? Your personal statement or essay is your chance to show what is unique about you and to get the entrance or scholarship committees’ attention. It is worth taking the time on this, so don’t delay, start writing this today. For tips on what goes into a good personal statement, check out these links.

6 tips for writing great personal statements 

9 essay writing tips to ‘wow' college admissions officers

personal statement notes & worksheet

Review In-state and Out-of-state University Entrance Requirements

It is important that you know what the entry requirements are for all of the universities you plan to apply to next year.  You don’t want to find out too late that you don’t qualify.  Take the time to look up each school and check their undergraduate entry requirements.  Double check you high school transcript and course requests for next year to ensure you are on track in meeting these. 

Let's use your PSAT Results

The best way to study for the SAT is by using your PSAT results from October to focus on the particular areas you need to improve upon.  The PSAT results give you a personalized study plan.  In addition, you can read about and take the practice SAT tests on the CollegeBoard website and make use of KhanAcademy study tools

Sign up for the ACT | SAT

Be sure to sign up by March to take the May or June ACT and/or SAT.  Yes, you want to take these exams at the end of your Junior year while the material is fresh in your mind.  Don’t wait to take these your senior year or you may miss out on some scholarships that have test criteria and early deadlines. 

How do I sign up?  ACT | SAT  

What if I can’t afford the fee? Don’t worry, there are waivers available to those with financial need.  See your Student Advisor for further information. 

Do I need to take both tests?  The answer to that is mostly dependent upon the university you plan to attend, but here is a good comparison of the two exams. It never hurts you to take both. 


The SAT and ACT tests are not ones where you role out of bed on a Saturday morning and "give it your best shot".  They require preparation.  Khan Academy is the official study guide for the SAT.  OpenEd has a similar free platform to help you prepare for the ACT. 

Continue Research of Post-Secondary Options

If you haven’t already narrowed it down, now is the time to continue to research all of the post-graduate programs that help you get to your career goal.  Continue to use the tools such as AZCIS (login through Clever) and  Big Future to help you determine the level of education you need to meet your career goals.  

Mesa Public Schools Course Catalog

7 ways to prepare for college.