Another year is complete, another milestone is behind you.
What can I expect?
• The ACT will be administered to all high school juniors as a component of the Kentucky high school accountability. The ACT tests students in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. www.act.org
• 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 Junior you will be tested in mathematics, science, social studies and arts & humanities. 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. 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.actstudent.org
• Governor’s Scholar-The Governor’s Scholars Program is a stimulating, five-week, residential summer program for outstanding Kentucky students completing their junior year in high school.www.gsp.ky.gov
• 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.org
What should I continue to do?
• Maintain your grades. Many colleges base GPA for entrance on end of junior year. Be sure required classes are nearly completed.
• Develop a list of postsecondary schools. Talk with admissions representatives during college fairs.
• Make an impact in your club or organization-run for office. Colleges are looking for students with leadership skills.
• Scholarships! Many are designed specifically for juniors on the ball! (Discover Scholarship) www.discoverfinancial.com/community/
• Athletes-NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility-check out the requirements. Write to coaches at your target schools. Create a highlight tape and relevant articles. www.NCAAClearinghouse.org.
• Art, drama, engineer, architect-start developing your portfolio, audition tapes, writing samples or other evidence of talent. Update your school profile.
• Develop contacts in school and community for writing recommendation letters. Remember to keep your school profile handy to assist the author of these letters.
• Try Job Shadowing a professional in a similar line of work or setting to compare work duties.
• Military academy: make contacts with admission boards.
• Read college mail you are starting to receive. Over the summer visit schools for your interest.
• Review previous SAT and/or ACT scores and sign up to take test again.
• As you sign up for senior year classes remember to explore AP class options and/or dual enrollment courses.
• Practice writing essays for college admissions. Decide if you are going to apply for early admission to a college. Check deadlines for admissions for colleges. Make a timeline of deadlines for senior year.