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- Continue to take challenging courses and to explore careers. This is a very important year. Many colleges base their decision on your sophomore and junior year grades.
- In October, take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). This is a good practice test, and it will help identify areas for you to work on. Good scores may also lead to a scholarship.
- Continue to shop around; all colleges are not the same. Gather information on colleges through college web sites or brochures (available in your high school guidance office). Compare entrance requirements, cost, size, unique programs, facilities, your intended field of study, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Talk to friends or relatives who have attended. It may or may not be the place for you.
- Attend at least one college fair. It's a good time to gather information about a lot of colleges and ask questions. Besides, they're fun!
- Visit your high school's counseling office often to see when representatives for the colleges you are interested in will be visiting your school. Schedule to meet them. Also check for new incoming information about colleges and scholarships.
- Take the SAT I and/or the ACT (American College Test) during the spring semester. Find out which test the colleges you are interested in require.
- Consult with your counselor or college admissions offices if you're unsure of your score. Should you take the test again?
- Continue to check into scholarships. There are books, computer software, and web sites with scholarship lists.
- In the spring and summer before your senior year, visit college campuses. Many colleges allow you to register online for campus tours and information sessions.