When applying for college, you will need to have taken the SAT and/or ACT. The SAT is given in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. The ACT is given in September, October, December, February, April and June.
These tests can be overwhelming, and you're going to have to study. You can find questions online at www.sat.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. You can also talk to your counselor to see if he or she has handouts available for you.
Different colleges and programs will require different grades, but it's a good bet you'll be safe if you get at least a 3.0 GPA. When it comes to your major, don't worry if you don't know what you want to do.
"A person in college in their first year is more likely to change their majors twice before deciding," said High.
Both the SAT and ACT websites have sections for college planning where you can see advice on choosing and paying for college and more. They also have checklists so you can make sure you're doing what you need to be doing every year.
Scholarships and financial aid are important if you're applying for college. You can talk to your counselor for help with both of these. Also, for more information on scholarships, look on the Internet at a site like www.fastweb.com. For financial aid, visit www.fafsa.gov.
High also had some words of advice for seniors who are college bound: work on getting organized over the summer.
"You don't know how many kids go to college and begin failing classes just because they're not organized," he said.