Deciding what to do after high school; planning for college or job training can be overwhelming and confusing. But, you are not alone, most of your friends and peers are thinking about their options too. The good news is there are people out there who want to help! Here are a few tips and some things to consider;

High School Courses:

Start planning out your classes. The courses you choose in High School will show colleges and career programs how serious you take your education. Most programs look for the following:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (through algebra II or trigonometry)
  • 2 years of foreign language
  • At least 2 years of natural science
  • 2 years of history/social studies
  • 1 year of art
  • 1 year of electives from the above list
  • Enrolling in algebra or geometry classes and a foreign language class for each semester (most colleges have math and foreign language requirements)

College Admissions Tests

The ACT Assessment and SAT are the most popular college entrance tests administered in the United States.

Most students take the ACT during the spring of their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. Students are allowed to take the test more than once and most colleges and universities count the highest score reported. Students may designate the colleges and universities to which their scores should be reported. The ACT is a two-hour and fifty-five-minute multiple-choice exam that measures English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning skills. Students are also required to complete two questionnaires that cover the courses they have taken, their grades and activities, and a standardized interest inventory.

Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice — in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year. Most students also improve their score the second time around. The verbal and math portion of the test devotes seventy-five minutes to the verbal section and sixty minutes to the mathematics section.