• Take the ACT PLAN test in the fall to prepare for the ACT which you can take during your junior year in April or June.
  • Take the PSAT in October. The scores will not count for National Merit Scholar consideration in your sophomore year, but it is valuable practice for when you take the PSAT again in your junior year when the scores will count, as well as for the SAT Reasoning Test, which you should also be taking in your junior year. You will receive your PSAT results in December.
  • Start preparing for the SAT Reasoning Test.
  • Register in April for the SAT Subject Tests that you will be completing before June.
  • Take the SAT Subject Test in June.
  • Update your file of important documents and notes including: copies of report cards, lists of awards, honors, and activities in which you are involved.
  • Think about selecting a school, finding out about the different types. Decide which characteristics are most important to you, such as the size of the school, distance from home, cost, and extracurricular activities.
  • Start to visit colleges and talk with college students; go prepared with a list of questions.
  • Create a list of college characteristics to decide how to evaluate your different college choices.
  • Review the high school courses you need to take to meet the requirements of the colleges you are interested in attending.
  • Ask if AP or other honors courses are available at your school and see if you are eligible to take them.  Find out how to enroll in them your junior year.
  • Try to take challenging classes.  The stronger your schedule and grades, the better chance you have of impressing the admissions officers.
  • Continue extracurricular activities, as admissions officers look at students' extracurricular activities when considering them for admission.
  • Continue participation in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, and science.
  • Meet with your college/career counselor at least once a year.