How to Graduate and go to College

  • Make an appointment with your academic counselor and let them know your plan: Graduate and/or pursue college. Be specific as to where you want to go (State, University, Private, or IVY).
  • If you're not in a club yet, join one, or create one. Try to join at least 2 extra curricular activities by Sophomore year. Look into: Band, Dance, Art, etc. At any time, sign up for community service projects, and track details.
  • Either plan, create a resume and cover letter for your objectives (Your overall aim for your future).
    • Track I: If you want to just graduate, explain in your objectives that you would like a full-time career in order to move up within the company, and sharpen your skills. Next, apply for jobs or internships that match your interests. Practice your interview skills with a teacher, mentor, etc.
    • Track II: If you want to go to college, write a personal statement as to why you want to go to college, what motivates you, and what you will bring to the college. Create a resume of all extra curricular activities, jobs, leadership positions, and community service (church work, school outreach, missions, etc). Your cover letter will explain the highlights of your personal statement to be given to your college. Ask for an example for these from your academic advisor.
  • Make strong relationships with your staff, teachers, mentors, and bosses. You will need to ask them for a reference or letter of recommendation to go to college.
  • Register for the SAT and aim to take it 2 times (Ask your school for a fee waiver) - Done by Senior year in December.
  • Ask your school's office for GPA records and official transcripts. If your grades are low, ask your school for tutoring services (You may qualify for free tutoring).

Everything you ever wanted to know about the SAT's

What are the SAT's?
The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test) is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a non-profit organization in the United States, and was once developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS now administers the exam.

How long are the SAT's?
The current SAT Reasoning Test is administered in about four hours. The test contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of actual timed sections, although most administrations, including orientation, distribution of materials, completion of biographical sections, and eleven minutes of timed breaks, run about four and a half hours lung.

How much do the SAT's cost?
The current SAT Reasoning Test costs $45 (S71 International), excluding late fees. However, students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at PATH are able to take I free SAT test per school year.

What is the SAT's scoring system?
Since the SAT's introduction in 1901, its name and scoring has changed several times. In 2005, the test was renamed as "SAT Reasoning Test.' with possible scores from 600 to 2400 combining test results from three 800-point sections (math, critical reading, and writing), along with other subsections scored separately. All scores are multiples of 10. Total scores are calculated by adding up scores of the three sections. Each major section is divided into three parts. There are 10 sub-sections, including an additional 25-minute experimental or "equating.' section that may be in any of the three major sections. The experimental section is used to normalize questions for future administrations of the SAT and does not count toward the final score.

Do colleges look at scores on the 2400-point scale?
Most colleges still only look at scores on the 1600-point scale, putting a greater emphasis on the Math and Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) sections. A recent article in The New York Times, featuring a number of college admissions deans confirmed this fact. This does not mean that the Writing section is not considered, it just means it is not as heavily emphasized. A number of controversies have arisen over the Writing section (that students who write more get better scores, that students who write in cursive get better scores, that it is biased towards higher income students because readers like topics that tend to be more high level, etc) and those controversies have weakened most admissions officers perception of that section of the test. If a student's score on the Writing section is vastly below their other scores, that is cause for alarm. Otherwise most admissions officers believe they can get just as good of a sense of a student's writing ability from their application (specifically the essay).