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Aurora, CO 80015
POST GRAD - NOV 2011
 
College admissions deadlines: seniors, get organized now
 
Most people do not like deadlines. They create work, they are set in stone, and they put you at the mercy of someone else. Miss that “postmarked by” date, and your application probably won’t get opened. The good news is, with the exception of early action, early decision, and rolling admissions, you’ve got about three months to wrap up the application process. Here’s how to get it done.
Get your external application items taken care of. You can, if you choose, write your application essay the night before it’s due. You can also fill out your Common Application, scholarship and financial aid forms whenever you choose—as long as they’re turned in on time. But there are a few items that are out of your control…and they need to be taken care of right now.
 
Transcripts (records of your courses, grades, GPA, and class rank, if available), teacher recommendations, counselor recommendations, and test scores (ACT or SAT, AP or IB, SAT subject tests) must be reported by a third party. That means you need to ask counselors and teachers for recommendations now, if you haven’t already. Prepare a resume listing extracurricular activities, job, volunteer activity, and anything else you want them to be aware of—it will help them highlight your strengths as well as describe your participation in class.  Complete your Senior Recommendation Letter Form found in the Post Grad Center.  ACT & SAT scores MUST be sent from the testing companies directly.
The College Board or ACT sends your scores to the schools you specify. While you can order scores over the phone as deadlines near, it’s cheaper to get it done now. Check www.collegeboard.com and www.act.org for more information.  
 
Transcripts are sent by Mrs. Connally in the Post Grad Center and take several days for processing. Check your application deadlines, and then contact Mrs. Connally to find out when you must turn in your green sheet. During the month of December, we require TEN days to process an application.  This is due to the high volume of applications received at that time.  If you’re applying for early action or early decision, check college websites to see if they want your first semester grades sent separately when they’re available.
 
While deadlines can confound even the most organized student, here’s something to keep in mind as your application process heats up: the annual College Senior Survey, in which 23,423 graduating seniors nationwide participated, reports that most students do not get into their first-choice school. And yet 86 percent were very satisfied or satisfied with their college experience, and 82 percent indicated they would definitely or probably choose again to attend their current school. If those numbers don’t help you realize that, for almost all students, the admissions process works out favorably, think about this: one way or another, in just three months or less, it will all be over. And then all you’ll have is….the wait.
 
 
Online test preparation for the ACT and SAT is available on Family Connection by Naviance.  This test prep program was created by Method Test Prep, a leader in online test preparation courses.  It provides an easy and efficient way to do a full test prep curriculum or to target specific areas that students may need to work on.  For example, many students struggle with the pace of the Reading section of the ACT and score lower on this section than others.  If that is the case, a student may want to practice specific reading questions, and read up on this site that will help a student better pace themselves.  
Students can use it at any time.
 
http://connection.naviance.com/smokyhill
 
Calendar of Events
 
ACT go to www.actstudent.org to register
 
December 10, 2011             November 4, 2011                           November 18, 2011
February 11, 2012                January 13, 2012                             January 20, 2012
April 14, 2012                        March 9, 2012                                   March 23, 2012
June 9, 2012                          May 4, 2012                                      May 18, 2012
 
SAT REASONING TEST & SAT SUBJECT TESTS - go to www.sat.collegeboard.org/register
 
December 3, 2011               November 8, 2011                           November 20, 2011
January 28, 2012                  December 30, 2011                        January 13, 2012
March 10, 2012                     February 10, 2012                            February 24,  2012
May 5, 2012                           April 6, 2012                                       April 20, 2012
June 2, 2012                         May 8, 2012                                        May 22, 2012
 
AP EXAMS:
 
Test Date                               Registration
May 7 – 25, 2012                  http://www.totalregistration.net/AP/60452
 
Available on September 19th, 2011
 
 
 
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