- Take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test® (PSAT/NMSQT). On the test sheet, check the box that releases your name to colleges so you can start receiving information from them.
- Take the PLAN® assessment program test. This pre-ACT® test will help you prepare for next year’s ACT test®.
- Attend college fairs (or “college nights”) hosted by your high school or other nearby schools. Speak with college representatives and pick up information to learn about options for college.
- Visit with college representatives who travel to your high school this fall. Ask questions to determine if their school may be a good fit for you. Remember to be professional in all interactions with college and university representatives.
- Keep thinking about your interests and possible college majors. Meet with your high school/college-career counselor to talk about college majors and possible careers. Continue to develop a relationship with your counselor so he/she can get to know you and your interests.
- Develop teacher and upperclassmen relationships. Plan to use teachers and older high school students as mentors. Learn what you can from college-bound students going through the college admission process so you will be better prepared when you begin the process in spring of your junior year.