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What Should High School Sophomores and Juniors Do in the Fall Semester to Prepare for College?

What Should High School Sophomores and Juniors Do in the Fall Semester to Prepare for College?

Sophomore and junior years of high school are crucial in the college readiness and application process. It is vital to start building a resume as early as possible. Adequate planning can help make sure you do not miss out on opportunities that could prove to be the difference in being accepted to your dream school.

Prepare a course strategy, including Advanced Placement courses

Schedule a time to meet with your guidance counselor to make sure that you are taking appropriate courses.

Discuss your plan for A.P. courses, but be careful not to take as many as possible just to impress schools.

Read this article, it is an excellent guide for determining how many you should take.

Start a college search – Sometimes the toughest part about searching for the right colleges is starting the process.

Attend college fairs at your school or nearby schools.

Create a list of qualities that are most important to you.

Visit a wide variety of colleges and universities. This can be vital to establishing what you are looking for in a school.

Narrow your search by prioritizing your criteria and creating a narrowed list.

Register for PSAT/SAT/ACT exams

Be aware of registration deadlines and test dates. Here are the SAT and ACT registration and testing dates for the 2015-16 school year.

Create a personal exam calendar to help you plan exam prep and practice tests.

Get involved in extracurricular activities

Explore your interests and get involved with opportunities offered by your school and community.

Invest in something you are passionate about. This type of experience can turn into an outstanding personal essay for your application.

Apply and enroll in a summer program

Make the most of your summers.

Seek a summer program that features courses taught by university professors and instructors that will give you an authentic pre-college experience.

Apply and enroll in the fall before programs and courses fill up, and to take advantage of financial benefits like Summer Discovery’s Fall Enrollment Savings.

Interested in learning more? Contact us at and we can help you find the perfect high school summer program.


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