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January Newsletter: Juniors

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 | Now that the New Year is upon us, the college process will begin accelerating rather quickly for many students. Thank you for everyone who attended our program on January 4 and for making the evening a success. The first conversations with counselors will center on a testing plan and scheduling and the concluding conversations we will have heading into the summer will involve creating a balanced college list. There is a lot that will happen between now and then. The process requires active communication; parents are welcome to join their child when they meet with their college counselor, to meet separately or to communicate via the phone or email. To schedule an appointment, please contact Nancy Dohr.

  • SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines are approaching.  Now is the time to register.  Please remember that you are responsible for registering for the tests you plan to take. The counselors will meet with juniors to revisit the testing plan for the rest of this school year. Students who have not yet met with their counselor should schedule an appointment through Ms. Dohr in order to develop a testing plan.

ACT Registration deadline for the February 11 test is January 13. This test will be held at Breck School. If you miss this deadline you can register late. There is an additional fee for late registration and you may not receive your preferred testing site.  If you miss the late registration deadline, you can try to test as a standby on test day.  Specific directions for standby testing can be found at www.actstudent.org. The last two ACT test dates for this school year are April 8 and June 10; Breck will not be a test site for either of these dates.

SAT test dates are January 21, March 11, May 6 and June 3. The deadline for the March SAT is February 10. Breck will be a test site in March and June. For registration deadlines, and to register, go to www.collegeboard.org.

  • SAT and ACT test prep options: 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.
  • 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.
  • One-on-one tutoring.
  • Test preparation course.
  • Combination of the above.

As you notice, doing nothing is not advisable.

  • Practice Test Results were distributed in January. If a family was unable to attend our program, please make arrangements to meet with a counselor to discuss the results.
  • Mark Your Calendars:
  • Course planning for juniors.  Mr. Nicholson, Dr. Graham, and Ms. O’Connell will meet with juniors to discuss course selection for next year.  Each junior should visit the College Counseling Office and speak with Ms Dohr to make an appointment with her/his counselor.  These meetings should take place before conferences in the beginning of March.
  • Application Workshop for Students & Parents on April 5. This is our most highly anticipated program of the process. Deans and directors of admission from 5 national colleges will be on hand to lead admissions committees comprised of you, the students and parents!
  • Spring Semester Coffee Talks. The College Counseling Office will host a series of informal conversations focused on specific topics. Please watch your email for these opportunities!
  • AP Exams | Every student currently enrolled in an AP course is already registered for that exam.  If a student is interested in taking other AP exams, you must speak with Mr. Nicholson and then inform Ms Dohr in the College Office by March 10. AP exam dates are May 1-5 and May 8-12.

Recommended reading:

Looking Beyond the Ivy League, by Loren Pope ISBN 0-14-023952-9
I'm Going to College – Not you!  Edited by Jennifer Delahunty. ISBN 978-0-312-60729-6
Colleges that Change Lives, by Loren Pope. ISBN 0-14-023951-0
Fifty College Admissions Directors Speak to Parents, by Sandra F. McGowan and Sarah M. McGinty ISBN 0-15-601595-1
College Admissions: A Crash Course for Panicked Parents, by Sally Rubenstone and Sidonia Dalby ISBN 0-02-861931-5
The College Admissions Mystique, by Bill Mayher ISBN 0-374-52513-7