I’m a Junior: What Should I Do to Prep for College Admission?
As a junior in high school, you’re actually very well-positioned to get a leg-up on the college admissions process. You still have time to complete your testing requirements, and you can still research colleges before the pressure of application season begins. Here are some things to get started on right away:
1) Study for the ACT or SAT
Junior year is a great time to begin studying for the ACT or SAT, but which test should you take? Try some practice test questions to see which might be a better fit for you. The key differences between these two tests are the number of sections, the tone of the questions, the math and writing sections, scoring, and emphasis on vocabulary words. Having the time to figure out which test would be best for you ensures you can also determine a plan of action for how to best spend your summer before Senior year. If you’re in the U.S., register by February 13th for the March 14th SAT test and by March 13th for the April 18th ACT test before test-taking spots are filled.
2) Research Colleges
Just like in the dating world, it is extremely important to ensure that you are a good match for a college and that your college is a good match for you. This is the time to discover which aspects of college matter most to you and which colleges have them. For instance, would you thrive in classes that have less than 20 students or would you prefer large lectures of 100+ classmates? Would you prefer to be in the big city or do you need a college in the suburbs? Take notes and make a list for what you like and do not like about the colleges you research – this will help you narrow down your list when it comes time to make your final college application decisions.
In addition, you may want to take advantage of your upcoming long weekends and Spring Break to fit in some college visits. You can request guided campus tours from a number of colleges by going directly to the college websites and searching for “campus tours”. You might even be able to meet with an admissions officer! Visiting the campus is a good way to get a feel for the student body and the culture of the school.
3) Analyze Your Extracurricular Activities
What do your activities say about you? Are you pursuing extracurricular activities that demonstrate your personal interests and passions? If yes, then great – how can you deepen this commitment to your organizations or roles? If no, look for activities that you can get excited about. Remember, colleges look for depth over breadth, so don’t wait until the last minute to suddenly add more extracurriculars. Find something that really inspires you and dig in!
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