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Senior Year - Step by Step

The college process in a step by step fashion for our Gopher seniors
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Laura Keating

on 3 September 2013

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The College Process - Step by Step
Step 1 - SAT/ACT Testing
-Sign up for SAT/ACT!
-We suggest you take both - you never know which test you may score higher on.
- If you are on free or reduced lunch you are eligible to take up to two SAT and two ACT tests free.
-Both require a picture on your admission ticket. To finish registration for both the picture must be uploaded.
-To get in each test you will need an admission ticket with your picture on it and an ID (license, passport, or school) with your picture on it.
- You will have to bring your own pencil and calculator.
Step 2 - Apply
- Make sure you have done research on 5 schools you are interested in applying to.
- Make an account with ApplyTX if you are applying to Texas schools.
- If you are applying out of state you will more than likely be applying through the Common Application.
-Some schools have their own application on their website.
- This consists of essays, transcripts, fee waivers, sending SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation, resumes, etc.
Step 3 - Financial Aid
- You should be continuously applying for scholarships throughout the year!!!
- FAFSA,Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and TASFA, Texas Application for State Financial Aid, come out January 1st.
- You will only complete one and make sure to talk to the college and career center or your counselors about which one you will need to complete.
- Have your parents finish filing their taxes ASAP. You will need their 2013 tax information for FAFSA and TASFA.
- We will be happy to explain this in more detail when the time comes around.
Goal:
COLLEGE!
ACT
- About 4 to 5 hours long
-English, Math, Science, Reading, Writing
-More straight forward questions


Ex. SAT: What is your view of the claim that something unsuccessful can still have some value?
ACT: In your view, should high schools become more tolerant of cheating?
- More advanced math concepts
- No penalty for wrong answers.
SAT
- About 4 to 5 hours long
- Math, Reading, Writing
- Stronger emphasis on vocabulary
- Broken up in more sections
- You receive one point for every correct answer, zero points for every question you leave unanswered and minus one-quarter of a point for every incorrect answer.
- SAT questions can be divided into three levels of difficulty: easy, medium and hard. The questions in the first third of each section are easy, those in the second third are medium and those in the last third are hard. (The only exception is the Reading Comprehension passages, which do not follow this order.)
On your application:
- List of senior classes
- Work/Internships
- Community Service
- Clubs
- Sports
- Activities (church youth group, piano lessons, etc)
- Honors/Awards
- GPA
- Rank
Extras
- Essays
- Recommendation Letters - Please ask at least two weeks in advance or more if you can.
- Resumes
- Official Transcripts: Have to request from Mrs. Gullett in the main office. Takes 24 hours and costs $1 each. You may NOT open them before you send them to the college or university.
FAFSA/TASFA
- These documents take your family's income into account and let you know how the state or federal government can help you pay for college.
- You may get grants (free money) and loans (money you have to pay back) from these.
Scholarships
- Scholarships can come directly from your college/university or they can be from outside sources.
- The earlier you apply to schools, the better chance you have of getting those university/college scholarships. Test scores, GPA, and family income largely affect these scholarships.
- Many schools have earlier scholarship deadlines.
- Outside scholarships are different people or organizations offering money to students based on an application process.
Monthly Breakdown
August - Applications open August 1st for most schools. Sign up for SAT/ACT.
September - Sign up for SAT/ACT and begin applications. Many national scholarships open September 1st. Feel free to submit applications as early as September. Work on essays!
October - Continue working on applications/submitting/essays. Ask for recommendation letters. Turn in transcripts, fee waivers, and SAT/ACT scores to schools.
November - Continue turning in all documents to universities.
December - UT - Austin and Texas A&M University have December 1st deadlines! Continue turning in applications and documents to schools.
Monthly Breakdown
January - Jan. 1st : FAFSA/TASFA opens. Turn in all remaining documents needs for schools.
February - FAFSA/TASFA
March - Have FAFSA/TASFA in by this month. (always earlier if possible)
April - Receiving financial aid letters. Review against other offers. (may receive earlier than this month)
May - May 1st is National Decision Day. Let the College and Career know your decision! Verification process on financial aid. (We can better explain this process come March-May)
**Do not forget to check college deadlines!
Essay A: Describe a setting in which you have collaborated or interacted with people whose experiences and/or beliefs differ from yours. Address your initial feelings, and how those feelings were or were not changed by this experience.
Essay B: Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?
Essay C: Considering your lifetime goals, discuss how your current and future academic and extra-curricular activities might help you achieve your goals.
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