Taking the SAT and/or ACT: It's important that you take the SAT and/or ACT during the spring of you junior year. This will allow you to qualify for Dual Credit classes and allow you to have your score ready for your college applications.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Pay attention to registration deadlines.
- Do not wait until the day before the deadline to register because if you wait you may not get a close testing site.
- When registering, make sure you enter South's school code (151370) so that your scores can be put on your transcript.
- It's also a good idea to send your scores to colleges that you will be applying to. Some schools, such as Purdue, want your score straight from the CollegeBoard or ACT.
- Study! Use the free resources available in the guidance office or online to study for the tests.
Before the Test
- Eat well- Studies show that you need good nutrition to concentrate and perform your best.
- Bring the right supplies- Bring your pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, compasses, calculators, or whatever else you'll need on test day.
- Review the whole test before you start- See how many sections and what types of questions are on the test. Consider how much time to allow for each section, basing your decision on the point value of each. You don't want to spend too much time on a question that counts for only a few points.
- Jot down your first thoughts- From your first look at the test, take quick notes on ideas you might forget. For example, you may want to outline your answers to written response and essay questions right away.
- Read the directions- Never assume that you know what the directions say. For example, some questions may have more than one correct answer.
- Answer easy questions first- Answering easier questions may jog your memory about useful facts. You may also come across information that can help you with other questions.
- Identify key words- This will help you focus on the main idea of challenging questions.
- Rephrase difficult questions- To understand questions better, rewrite them in your own words, but be careful not to change the meaning.
- Organize your thoughts before you write- Spend some time organizing your responses to short-answer and essay questions. You'll reduce the time you need to revise.
- Write neatly- Be sure you don't lose points on answers the instructor can't read.
- Use all of the time you're given- If you finish early, don't race out. Use the extra time to proofread and edit your answers.
Choosing a Career/Major
- Take interest inventories- Start with www.indianacareerexplorer.com and take all three assessments. Please see guidance for the access code.
- Visit websites that allow you to explore careers by name and give you detailed information about those careers such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/ or O*NET at http://online.onetcenter.org/
- Job Shadow
Choosing a college is very important. It needs to offer the major(s) that you are interested in. It needs to be in a setting that you are comfortable being in. It needs to have the activities that you want to be involved in.
How do I know if a college is right for me?
- Explore college websites. Find its offered majors, housing, and activities. See what city or setting the college is in.
- Visit the college. Take advantage of your college days and visit the schools that you are interested in attending. It is really important that you like the campus.
- Talk to their admissions and financial aide office. What type of students do they admit? Do they have any special programs for freshman that you could be in? Do they have an Honors program? How much is it going to cost you? What types of financial aide and scholarships are available? Brainstorm questions with your parents to ask that can help you decide.
- If you need help narrowing it down, try Learn More Indiana's college search at http://www.in.gov/learnmoreindiana/2588.htm