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September
  • Get off to a good start academically
  • Work with parents and counselor to implement post-secondary plans
  • Register for the PSAT
October
  • Take PSAT Exam in October
November
  • Maintain focus on academic work
  • Discuss career and college interests with your guidance counselor
  • Begin to identify college that may be an appropriate “fit’ for you.
December
  • Assess your PSAT results
  • Develop plans to prepare for the SAT(s)
  • Discuss options available to improve your test taking skills
January
  • Consider SAT test prep if needed
  • Finalize your testing plan for the remainder of the year
  • Fully prepare for mid-year exams
  • Create a list of “Prospective colleges”
February
  • Develop an Activities List
  • Research colleges that fit your career interests and personal goals
  • Create a file for each college or university that you are considering
March
  • Continue to investigate post-secondary options that interest you
  • Register for the May SAT (at BMR)
  • Make appointments to visit colleges and universities.
  • Decide whether you plan to take SAT Subject tests
  • Explore post-secondary institutions on line and email them for admission materials
April
  • Attend spring college fairs(Boston National College Fair in April)
  • Visit local colleges during spring vacation
  • Continue researching post-secondary opportunities
  • Register for the June SAT or SAT Subject test
  • Register for June ACT
  • Take SAT Subject Tests, if required by colleges that interest you
May
  • Take May SAT
  • Narrow down your list of colleges
  • Continue to visit colleges and universities
  • Update Activity List
  • Ask current teachers for letters of recommendation
June
  • Take SAT or SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT
  • Assess May SAT scores and plan future testing based on results
July
  • Continue to visit colleges
  • Obtain college applications. The Common Application usually becomes available online in early July.
  • Write first draft of college essay