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WELCOME! AP, SAT, ACT, and Naviance Information Night February 5, 2019
In order to prepare for upcoming registration and scheduling, we’re going to discuss. . . Ø planning & goal setting Ø mandated graduation requirements Ø information relative to college admissions and the use of Naviance Ø Advanced Placement characteristics and opportunities available to you Ø important information about and dates applicable to SAT and ACT
Planning and Goal Setting: What’s your target and how will you get there? Think about your (your student’s) schedule in the following way: What needs to happen NOW in order to get where I want to be. . . • My senior year of high school? • 5 years from now? • 10 years from now?
First, make sure you’ve taken (and passed) the classes that will help you MEET GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. ü 4 English Credits ü 1 Fine Art Credit ü 4 Math Credits (and ü 1. 5 Credits of PE enrollment in a math class all 4 years) ü 3 Social Studies Credits ü 3 Science Credits ü. 5 Credit of Health ü 1 Foundations of Tech Credit ü 4 Advanced Technical Credits
GATHER INFORMATION ABOUT COLLEGES Keep in mind. . . • There are thousands of colleges to choose from, and one size does not fit all. • Search for schools that match your personal and career goals. • Consider the following:
Consider the following when searching for schools: • • • Majors/minors offered Type Location Housing Activities Cost • Admission requirements • Let’s start here. . .
Factors in College Admissions (NACAC report, 2013 and College Board, 2016) • Strength of Curriculum • including AP & Foreign Language courses, and the senioryear math course • Academic Core Weighted GPA – Grades • Class Rank – Varies by school • SAT / ACT Scores – Varies by school • Application Essay • Counselor / Teacher Recommendation • Demonstrated Interests & Extra-curricular Activities
Only our core classes have AP options. . . ü English credits may be earned in ü AP English Language and Composition (typically taken in gr. 11) ü AP Literature and Composition (typically taken in gr. 12) ü Science credits may be earned in ü AP Environmental Science (gr. 9 or 10, depending on previous course work) ü AP Biology (gr. 11 or 12, depending on previous course work) ü AP Chemistry (gr. 11 or 12, depending on previous course work) ü AP Physics I (gr. 11 or 12, depending on previous course work)
Only our core classes have AP options. . . ü Social Studies credits may be earned in ü AP United States Government and Politics (grade 9) ü AP World History (grade 10) ü AP United States History (grade 11) ü AP Psychology (grade 11 or 12) ü Math Credit may be earned in ü AP Statistics (gr. 12) ü AP Calculus AB (gr. 12)
What’s the benefit of taking an AP course? • Exposure to college-level curriculum and grading policies • Possibility of earning college credit for passing AP exams (offered in May) – i. e. Students may not be required to take/pay for introductory classes. • Note: For a list of individual colleges and their respective AP credit policies go to: http: //collegesearch. collegeboard. com/apcreditpolicy/index. jsp. • Improvement of college admission and/or scholarship opportunities • Acclimation to college expectations more quickly – i. e. , Freshman GPAs tend to be higher. • Success for students re: college graduation rates – i. e. , ~85% of students who take 3 or more AP courses in high school typically graduate college w/i 4 years.
How are GPAs impacted by AP Courses? • AP course grades are weighted based on a 5 point scale as opposed to the traditional 4 point scale. – Students have the potential of earning a weighted GPA above a 4. 0 by taking and doing well in AP courses. For example. . . • 4 As and 4 Bs all in non-weighted courses = 3. 5 GPA • 4 As in non-weighted courses and 4 Bs in weighted courses = 4. 0 GPA because the Bs are weighted heavier. • 4 As in weighted courses and 4 As in non-weighted courses = 4. 5 GPA.
Advanced Placement Progress 2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018 – 2019 AP classes offered 10 10 10 11 13 enrollment in AP classes 317 386 529 480 478 229 326 288 256 38. 3% 41. 5% 57. 8% 63. 7% Number of exams taken Percentage exams scored as a 3 or higher (this number opens the door to possible college credit)
Factors to Consider when choosing AP Courses: • Time Management – – Level of extra-curricular participation Hours spent doing homework Ability to meet multiple deadlines AP exam registration will be in the fall • Stress Management – Ability to handle stress – Reaction to criticism – Passion and motivation for learning • (intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation)
Factors to Consider when choosing AP Courses: • Self Advocacy – Ability to communicate with your teacher about matters of concern – Willingness to seek assistance when you need it – Awareness of strengths and weaknesses • Characteristics. . . handout
Factors to Consider when Making Decisions about AP Course Selection and Registration: • Teachers’ recommendations – This is by far the most significant factor to consider, so talk to your teachers. They will make recommendations based on the following: • Identified Course Pre-requisites • Anticipated Course Work-load • Demonstrated academic strengths and weaknesses
Quick Recap Factors in College Admissions (NACAC report, 2013 and College Board, 2016) We’ve talked about strength of curriculum, specifically AP courses. • So what else was there? – SAT / ACT INFORMATION!
SAT Registration and Test Dates Test Date SAT Important Dates Registration Harford County Locations Deadline Mar 9, 2019 Feb 8, 2019 May 4, 2019 Apr 5, 2019 Jun 1, 2019 May 3, 2019 Aberdeen HS, Bel Air HS, C Milton Wright HS, John Carroll Aberdeen HS, Bel Air HS, C Milton Wright, John Carroll Go to collegeboard. org to create an account. • • • Access your PSAT score Register for the SAT Review SAT Scores Access review material Complete a CSS Profile Send Scores to Prospective Colleges
SAT Prep During Tech Time During academic blocks of Tech Time when students are with their Math/English teacher students can practice SAT skills by going to https: //www. khanacademy. org/sat and asking their teachers any questions they may have.
After School Practice Test Sessions We will offer practice tests after school from 2 -4 pm on the following dates, locations TBD. Dates marked with an asterisk (*) will have a brief session on test taking strategies. Students can sign up from 2/25 to 3/8 in Room 215 before homeroom. *Monday March 11 th Wednesday March 13 th *Tuesday March 19 th Thursday March 21 st *Wednesday March 27 th Friday March 29 th *Tuesday April 2 nd Thursday April 4 th *Monday April 8 th Friday April 12 th *Monday April 15 th Wednesday April 17 th *Tuesday April 23 rd Thursday April 25 th *Wednesday May 1 st Friday May 3 rd
ACT Registration and Test Dates Test Date ACT Important Dates Registration Deadline Harford County Locations Apr 13, 2019 Mar 8, 2019 Jun 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 Bel Air HS No Harford County Locations - Locations available in Baltimore and Cecil County • Go to act. org to create an account. – – Register for the ACT Review ACT Scores Access review material Send Scores to Prospective Colleges
Differences between the SAT and ACT SAT No dedicated science section Optional Essay Grid-in math problems No calculator for some math sections More time per problem More algebra Formulas given Price: $46 without Essay; $60. 00 with Essay ACT Science Section Optional Essay Calculator allowed in all math sections More geometry Memorize formulas Price: $46. 00 without essay; $62. 50 with Essay
Additional Ways to Prepare for the SAT and ACT • Sign up on-line for the SAT Question of the Day http: //www. collegeboard. com/apps/qotd/question. – You will receive in your email daily a typical test question and an explanation of the correct answer. • Sign up on-line for A Word A Day at http: //wordsmith. org/awad • Visit the SAT Prep web site http: //sat. collegeboard. com/practice/sat-practice-questions • Visit the ACT Prep web site http: //www. actstudent. org • Use the Khan Academy web site at https: //www. khanacademy. org/sat
Additional Ways to Prepare for the SAT and ACT • Obtain an official study guide, and study on your own. – available on-line or from local bookstores • Take an SAT/ACT prep class. – offered by Harford Community College, Kaplan, or private tutor
What if I have a 504 or IEP; how will this impact my SAT, ACT, or AP exams? • Having an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 Plan does not always guarantee accommodations on – College Board exams such as AP or the SAT. • To submit a request re: accommodations, go to: https: //www. collegeboard. org/students-with-disabilities/requestaccommodations • To obtain more detailed information on eligibility, go to: https: //www. collegeboard. org/students-with-disabilities/eligibility – The ACT • To obtain more detailed information on accommodations and eligibility, go to: http: //www. act. org/content/act/en/products-and-services/theact/accommodations. html
So. . . Let’s say that you have • Completed successfully the course work applicable to your current grade • Developed an interest in college • Decided to pursue at least one AP class (excellent!) • Recognized a need to take either the SAT or ACT
Go to Naviance! See your school counselor for the necessary code to access this site.
Naviance “To Do Now” List • About Me Tab – Profile • Update with current information. Make sure to include a parent e-mail address. – Personality Type • If you would like to take (or re-take) this assessment, let your counselor know and s/he can advise you how to proceed. – Resume • Begin documenting extracurricular activities and academic accomplishments. • This will be updated as a senior and provided to teachers and counselors writing your letters of recommendation.
Naviance “To Do Now” List • Careers Tab – Career Interest Profiler • This 180 item assessment will suggest careers that match your interests. • Colleges Tab – College Search or Super Match • Identify colleges that match criteria which are important to you (size, location, majors, sports, etc. ) – Colleges I’m Thinking About • Load colleges that match your criteria into this section. • As a senior you will convert these schools from this list to your Colleges I’m Applying To list.
What should I know about APPLYING to COLLEGE? • Apply in late summer or in the fall of your senior year. – Narrow the list to approximately 3 to 7 schools. • Use the Common Application. – https: //www. commonapp. org/Common. App/FAQ. aspx • Request written recommendations. – Ask former or current teachers, counselors, administrators. – Allow an adequate amount of time. – Provide necessary information, including the Naviance link. – Deliver a hand written ‘Thank You’ note.
What should I know about APPLYING to COLLEGE? • Think about your college application essay. – Most 12 th grade English classes address this essay. • Set up a senior interview meeting with your counselor one month prior to application deadlines. – Review graduation requirements, college choices, and specific application questions. • Complete your ‘Student Input’ sheet to assist your counselor in writing a Letter of Recommendation. – Complete this request 2 weeks in advance.
What about Ways to Finance College? • Apply for scholarships! – Check Edline, Naviance, and the counseling office regularly. – Look for the “Scholarship Workshop” in September – http: //weeklyscholarshipalert. com – https: //fastweb. com – https: //fafsa. ed. gov/ – https: //mdcaps. mhec. state. md. us – http: //www. hcps. org • Research Financial Aid availability. – Attend a Financial Aid Planning Night session • held at various location throughout the county in late November/early December
Reminders, Due Dates, and Deadlines • Registration forms were distributed to students January 29 and 30. • Recommendations for core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies) and core electives will occur February 5 – February 16. • Counselors will meet with tech area classes February 20 -22 as follow-up. • Registration forms are due February 23. • Counselors will meet with all students via Tech areas in March and April. • Deadline for registration changes/requests is June 1. • Summer will be used to enroll new students, make adjustments due to Summer school, and to address urgent issues.
The school year will quickly come to an end! NOW is the time to start thinking about senior year and post-high school life. Try to begin your senior year with the following tasks completed: • • Updated your information on Naviance Narrowed your list of colleges; strive for ~5 schools Taken either SAT or ACT or both (recommended) Taken SAT subject tests IF required/recommended by colleges you are considering REMEMBER: The Harford Technical High School Counseling Office is here to help you navigate this journey, so please come see us when you need to!