College Advice

College Advice for Middle and High School Students

No matter what you dream of doing with your future, preparing yourself for your education and life after high school is important.

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Senior Timeline:

October-December Tasks

During your senior year, you will finalize your college choice. This year is filled with admission applications, scholarship essays, financial aid information, and the need to meet deadlines. Throughout your senior year, continue to build your resume by achieving academic success, as well as participating in extra-curricular activities. Colleges are very interested in well-rounded students. The college preparation that takes place during your senior year is filled with a lot of details and paperwork. It is very important that you involve your parents with this process.

November and December Tasks

January-June Tasks

Unless you have completed an early application, this is the time to work hard at completing your college essays. Proofread them rigorously for mistakes. Check out the following links: 8 Tips for Crafting Your Best College Essays ( and Tips for Writing an Effective Application Essay (

PreACT Test Tips that will also help you to prepare for the ACT test


ACT Test Information

The ACT is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States and more than 225 other universities around the world. The test takes approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes to complete. Including a short break.

ACT consists of:

ACT composite score ranges between 1-36, which is the average of the four test scores, not including the writing. ACT writing scores, which is optional, ranges between 2-12.

Multiple-choice test scores are released within 2-3 working days.

You can send your scores to up to four universities at no additional cost.

If you have taken the test more than once, you can select a combination of your best individual subject scores from all ACT attempts to become your Superscore. Check this link for details on How to Calculate Your ACT Superscore:


For information on what to expect on test day, including a checklist of last-minute reminders to review the day before the test, check this link:

Register for the ACT at this link: