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Sophomore Year

  • You will take the PSAT in October. The results will not be used for college admission.
  • Sign up, if you have not done so already, for co-curricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities.
  • Keep a record of your co-curricular involvement, volunteer work, and employment (all year).
  • Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio (all year).
  • Receive results of the PSAT. Read materials sent with your score report. Consult with Mr. Stafford to explore ways to improve on future standardized tests and courses to discuss which may be required or beneficial for your post-high school plans.
  • Keep studying!
  • Volunteer-a great way to identify your interests and to develop skills.
  • It is never too early to start researching colleges and universities. Visit the College Center to browse through literature and guidebooks or surf the Web and check out college and university home pages.
  • If appropriate, register for June SAT Subject Test. These are one-hour exams testing you on academic subjects that you have already completed. Among the many to choose from are biology, chemistry, foreign languages and physics. Many colleges require three SAT Subject Tests. Some colleges recommend/require Math Level1 or Math Level 2. Not all SAT Subject Tests are given on every test date. Check the calendar carefully to determine when the Subject Tests you want are offered. Speak to Mrs. Sparks, Mr. Stafford, or your classroom teacher for advice.
  • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
  • Plan now for wise use of your summer. Consider taking a summer course or participating in a special program (e.g., for prospective engineers or journalists or for those interested in theatre or music) at a local college or community college. Consider working or volunteering.
  • During the summer, you may want to sign up for a PSAT/SAT prep course, use computer software, or do the practice tests in books designed to familiarize you with standardized tests.
  • Make your summer productive. Continue reading to increase your vocabulary.