As a sophomore, you have a year of high school behind you. Congratulations!
What can I expect?
- The PLAN is a three-hour test taken by sophomores to help them plan for the future and provide practice for the ACT. It includes tests in English, math, reading and science reasoning; an interest inventory to explore career and educational options; a study skills assessment and a student information section. http://www.act.org/plan
- The KCCT is a major component of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS). The results of this test are used to evaluate the school program in the state accountability system. The results from the reading and math content areas are also used to meet federal testing and reporting requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).The Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) is a criterion-referenced test based on Kentucky’s content standards. The test items measure Kentucky Core Content for Assessment (v4.1), a subset of the Program of Studies. Both of these documents define student expectations by content area and grade level. As a sophomore you will be tested in reading, practical living and vocational studies. http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/
What opportunities do I have?
- PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized two-hour test that is given in October that gives sophomores and juniors practice taking the SAT. Scores are also used to determine National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html
- ACT-This test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. www.act.org
- HOBY- HOBY stands for HUGH O"BRIAN Leadership Academy. This scholarship provides sophomores the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. . http://hoby.org/
- Governor’s School for Arts- GSA provides hands-on-arts opportunity for the states' talented high school students who are dancers, actors, instrumental and vocal musicians, creative writers, future architects or visual artists. www.kentuckygsa.com
What should I continue to do?
- Re-evaluate your class selections to make sure you are meeting college/technical school requirements for admission. Find out about AP classes. Be sure to take advanced classes to qualify for Beta or Honor Societies. Ask about articulation of coursework to local community colleges or technical schools.
- Explore college catalogs and other materials including financial aid. Use the Internet to find out what schools offer your preferred major. Start thinking about priorities for school-size, location, cost, degrees offered. Visit schools over the summer.
- Update your School Profile with awards, honors, and athletic information.
- Focus in on a few extracurricular activities and really make a difference. Continue participation in enrichment programs-leadership, volunteer, summer jobs.
- Keep thinking about scholarships!
- If you are interested in military academy-start making contacts now.