Getting Ready For College - Preparation & Application

  • Why College?
    A college education pays off in a big way for Hispanics. The premium in lifetime earnings for a bachelor's degree over a high school degree is $500,000 for Latinos. The premium for a Hispanic with a professional degree is $1.7 million - over 200% increase over a lifetime.
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  • Talking To Your Teen About College
    It may not always be easy to talk with your teen. But it's important that you support your teen throughout the college planning process.
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  • Effective Letters Of Recommendation
    Getting great letters of recommendation in the first few months of senior year requires more than hard work in classes. Teachers and guidance counselors can’t write effective letters of recommendation, if they don’t know enough about the student. Students need to keep an updated resume they can hand to their recommenders that lists their accomplishments, including activities and off-campus jobs.
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  • HSF/ Select A College
    There are many choices when it comes to study after high school. Students should consider the differences between a two-year community college a large public university, and a small private University. There are benefits associated with every college option. Students should also consider many different factors in this decision including geographic area, location, campus diversity, size of the institution, professional goals, and financial cost.
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  • What To Look For In A College
    Choosing a college is an exciting and challenging process. Keep in mind these five areas when you begin your college search:
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  • Road To College
    Students can create a clear path to the college or university of their choice by planning, making good choices, and working hard. Here are four essential measures that college and university admissions officers use to decide who will receive the coveted admissions letter.
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  • Applying To College
    There are many routes to college, and just as many ways to apply to college. Here are the basics steps about a few of these choices: Applying to a Four Year Institution Early Decision/Early Action Process Rolling Admissions
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  • Writing A Personal Statement
    Personal statements are essays that you write for most college admissions applications. They may be short essays (200-500 words) or longer essays (900 words). Generally, essays should be typed, double spaced with a font no smaller than 10. One page is usually equal to 250 words.
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  • Guide To Standardized Tests
    College Admissions Tests Overview A big part of a college application will be standardized test scores. Colleges use special standardized tests that are referred to as COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS as one tool to evaluate a student's high school career and promise of future educational success.
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  • PLAN Exam
    PLAN® is a "pre-ACT" test. Typically, PLAN® is administered in the fall of the sophomore year. PLAN® helps tenth graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success.
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  • New SAT
    The New SAT is a three-hour and forty five minute exam that measures three sets of skills - critical reading, writing and mathematical reasoning -- that you need to do college-level work in any academic area.
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    PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the New SAT. It also gives you a chance to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation's (NMSC) scholarship programs.
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  • The ACT Assessment
    The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete with breaks. Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (or approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes if you are taking the Writing Test). The composite score ranges from 1-36, and the average being around 20.
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  • SAT II Subject Tests
    SAT II tests measure students' knowledge in five tests areas (see below). These tests are offered, like the SAT, on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. Students must register for the tests. Some college require students to take three tests (usually Writing, Math and one of the student's choice). Not all universities require SAT II, so students should check the universities requirements before registering for any SAT II tests.
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  • The Top 12 Questions Of The College Interview
    This interview is very important because it is one way for the university and the potential student to get to know each other.
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Created by: 2 editors Views: 53 Steps: 15 Learners: 2 Updated: November 17

Description: Here are resources designed to guide students through the educational process. These materials include information about preparation for college in Middle and High School, college selection and application, application for scholarships and financial aid and student support organizations.

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