Here’s what you should know going into the second semester if you are planning to apply to four-year colleges next year.
- Second semester of Junior year is the right time to take the SAT and/or ACT test.
When are they?
The SAT is January 24 (not many kids take it then), March 14, May 2 (there’s going to be a prep class here @ Woodside to get ready for this date), and June 6 (a really good time to take the SAT Subject tests, if you’re interested).
The ACT is February 7, April 18, and June 13.
Which test should I take?
The colleges do not prefer one test over the other. You should concentrate on the one that works best for you?
How do I know which test works for me?
On Saturday, January 24, Princeton Review will offer a free combination practice test at Woodside. The test includes both SAT and ACT sections.
On Wednesday, January 28, there will be a free Score-back Strategy session @ Woodside to explain scores and answer questions and concerns about the tests.
To register for both, please call 510-295-0002
2. Second semester is March Into College.
What is March Into College?
March Into College is a workshop series on four Wednesday nights in March. Each workshop is a different college topic: creating a college list, researching all possibilities, the different applications, the requirements like tests, personal statements, and letters of rec, financial aid, and scholarships are all covered.
When is it exactly?
Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 @7:00pm in either the MUR or the library (depending on the need for computers).
Who makes the best audience?
The March Into College workshops are for juniors planning on applying to four-year colleges next year and their parents.
3. What are some possibilities for the summer after junior year?
You can work, volunteer, play sports, travel, or participate in a program that fits your interests. Here are a few possibilities.
- Classes @ Stanford precollegiate.stanford.edu
- COSMOS @ UC Davis, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Irivne www.ucop.edu/cosmos A science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program on UC campuses.
- Research Mentorship Program at UC Santa Barbara http://summer.ucsb.edu/rmp
- UC San Francisco and Stanford Arthritis Foundation Program www.SummerScienceInternship.kintera.org This is a very prestigious program for students interested in the medical field.
- RISE: A seven week science and math program @ Stanford for students who have above a 3.5 GPA and are from an under-represented group or low income family. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be nominated to receive an application.
- Wishbone: An organization that helps students who need financial assistance to attend a summer program. www.wishbone.org/students