Part two of two: Deadlines and Decisions
by Audrey Johnson
As a home schooling family, it was our responsibility to make arrangements for the PSAT through a local school. The College Board website provides us with all the information we need to register for the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. There are regular registration deadlines (postmark/submit by), U.S. late registration periods, and international registration deadlines: (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/calenfees.html ). For my son’s 2009 Subject test, we completed the registration online.
(https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp) that you may need to complete as well.
Are there any college fairs in your area? How far will you travel to spend time at a college fair or a college presentation in your hometown? Which colleges will you visit?
How much and what kind of test preparation do you want to do? Which books will you buy or borrow? Will you seek outside help?
How will you find out about scholarships and financial aid? When should you start looking?
And the biggest question of all. Where will you apply to college? What factors will determine the list of schools you chose to apply to? Where do you want to spend your college years?
How do we accomplish all this? Here are a few resources to help high school students and their parents plan for college.
http://www.howtogetin.com/apply-to-college/calendar.php (General calendar)
http://www.howtogetin.com/college-preparation/calendar.php (Month by month calendar)
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/pay/ (How to pay for college)
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/apply/the-application/23626.html ( College application calendar)
http://www.aie.org/About/index.cfm (Adventures in Education website, featuring a weekly newsletter with checklists for each year of high school.)
In our home we have created a calender that places our families’ and my son’s major events (birthdays, orchestra rehearsals and concerts, home school group activities, etc.) on a list with SAT, ACT, and Subject Test registration deadlines and testing dates, possible college visiting dates and other high school activities. Your family can determine the best method for you to keep track of dates, documents, deadlines, and decisions!