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December Newsletter: Juniors

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It is common for juniors to feel increased pressure and anxiety surrounding school. There are increased expectations in the classroom and the college process becomes all the more real. Over the next few months, students (and parents) will begin to feel the college process ramping up. The goal for each student is to have at least one official testing on the books early this spring and to have a working college list heading into the summer. There are a number of steps that will take place second semester, and December will serve as a launching pad of sorts. 

DEADLINES FOR RESEARCH AND SEMESTER PROGRAMS. If you are thinking of applying, be sure to contact the department head, Dean of Studies, and your college counselor. 

ATTEND THE JANUARY 24 COLLEGE NIGHT FOR JUNIORS AND PARENTS. As is custom for all such programs, we expect all juniors and parents to attend as we will preview the upcoming semester and put the process in context. There will be much to discuss and parents and students will leave ready to launch the next stage in the process. 

PSAT SCORES. Students should receive scores electronically to the email address he or she entered when filling out the registration. If students do not receive an email by December 18, please stop in the college counseling office. Please check your spam folder prior to coming into the office. These results, coupled with the November Practice ACT results or any ACT results, will form the basis of the testing plan conversation. 

SAT AND ACT TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES. COUNSELORS EXPECT TO CONNECT WITH ALL JUNIORS to discuss an individualized testing plan. If a student plans on sitting for the February ACT, they should plan on scheduling an appointment with their counselor prior to the January 12 registration deadline. Please remember that you are responsible for registering for the tests you plan to take. 

FOR THOSE SEEKING ACCOMMODATIONS, please speak with your college counselor and Ms. Blanchette.

TEST PREP OPTIONS. There’s no doubt that preparation helps. There are many different ways to prepare, both free and at cost. The best approach is to develop a long-term plan using a combination of coursework and practice tests. The key ingredient to improving results is the use of practice tests.

  1. Self-preparation through a book or online. Both the SAT and ACT websites offer services through ACT Online and the SAT’s My College Quickstart.
  2. One-on-one tutoring, 
  3. Test preparation course, or
  4. Combination of the above.

As you notice, doing nothing is not advisable. 

Thank you to all for a wonderful first semester thus far. We wish you a joyous and restful break.

Breck's College Counseling Office

Jonathan Nicholson
Director of College Counseling

Susan Graham
Associate Director of College Counseling

Andrea O’Connell
Associate Director of College Counseling

Carrie Papillon
College Counseling Office Assistant