Rising Seniors College Admissions Checklist: 5 Focus Areas to Start Working on Now

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Saturday, August 10, 2019

     

    After three grueling years of academics, senior year has finally arrived!  Of course, there's important work still to be done.  Now is time for rising seniors to roll up their sleeves and lay the foundation for a successful college application season.  In this post, we’ll run through a checklist of five college admissions priorities for rising seniors to work on starting now.  Specifically, we’ll discuss how to:

    1. Finalize your college list—the single most important factor upon which nearly all of your other decisions over the next four months will depend

    2. Identify and achieve your target SAT/ACT score before application deadlines

    3. Begin essays and applications

    4. Identify financial aid and scholarships

    5. Determine whether you need to take SAT Subject Tests

     

    The checklist includes links to many of our other resources, including our College Essay Planning Formula, which many of our students have used as the basis for highly successful college application essays.  Let’s get to work!

     

     

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    Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Explore Early, College Admissions: Excel Academically, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 12th Grade - Seniors, College Admissions: Apply Right, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage

    PSAT & National Merit Scholarship Guide for Alaska Students

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, June 03, 2019

     

    NOTE: This post is targeted at rising juniors (10th graders as of May 1, 2019).  If you have already taken the PSAT (11th graders of May 1, 2019), check out this post instead.

     

    Summer is an important time for rising juniors to learn about the PSAT and determine whether it’s worth preparing for the test to potentially qualify for recognition and funding under the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Alaska students earning Semifinalist, Finalist, or Winner status have access to generous scholarship opportunities at a variety of colleges. In this post, we’ll break down what’s on the PSAT, how the National Merit Scholarship Program works, and what rising juniors should do ASAP—ideally before August 15, 2019—to see where they stand.

     

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    Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT

    PSAT Scores Are Out: Alaska National Merit Info & What You Should Do Next

    Posted by Kimberly Hewitt on Monday, December 10, 2018

     

    If you took the PSAT in October as either a 10th or 11th grader, you should have received your scores on December 12.  What do your scores mean?  How do they relate to the SAT/ACT?  How does the National Merit Scholarship Program work, and what are the Alaska qualifying scores?  And now that you have your scores, what should you do next?

     

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    Topics: Financial Aid & Scholarships, ACT, SAT, College Admissions: Build Your Application Assets, 11th Grade - Juniors, 10th Grade - Sophomores, College Admissions: Test Well, Anchorage, PSAT