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For Postsecondary Planning:
For PSAT and SAT Information, check out College Board's site at
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/index.html?student You will find information about registration and preparation for these exams, as well as a great college search tool and info about AP exams.
Go to http://www.fastweb.com/ to set up a free profile and get scholarship information sent right to your inbox.
http://www.educationplanner.org/education_planner/default.asp?sponsor=2859 This is a GREAT starter site for postsecondary planning, whether you want to go to college, join the military, or get a full-time job. There is a lot of info here for both students and parents.
http://www.paworkstats.state.pa.us/carguide/CG_08-09.pdf This is a link to the PA Career Guide for 2008-2009.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-09-09-completing-college_N.htm An article about why there is an increase in dropout rates for 4-year colleges.
For students with IEPs: There is a difference in the services you get in HS and the services offered at the postsecondary level. This chart does a great job of explaining those differences: http://www.pct.edu/disabilityServices/transPostSec.htm
EducationPlanner provides practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare students for the important decisions they will face in the future. http://www.educationplanner.org/
PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs.
Study Skills Help
Here is a link to a learning styles quiz. The results give useful suggestions about how to study based on the best way you learn.
Alphabet Soup of College Admissions
ACT--American College Test. College entrance examination. Tests Math, Social Studies, English, and Science.
ASVAB--Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. This exam is required in order to enlist in the military. Also a good tool for helping students decide what kind of career they would be good at based on their interests, skills and values.
CEEB Code--School code number. South Williamsport's is 395325.
Early Action--Similar to Early Decision but is not a binding contract and a student does not need to withdraw other applications if accepted.
Early Admissions--A student is accepted and attends college instead of attending their senior year of high school.
Early Decision--A college will decide to accept a student early (usually in December). The student must withdraw any other applications. This is a binding contract.
FAFSA--Free Application Federal Student Aid. This is the required application for most financial aid.
PROFILE--Financial Aid form required by some private colleges. A list of these colleges is available in the guidance office.
GPA--Grade Point Average. A numeric average of all of a students' high school grades.
PSAT/NMSQT--Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. A practice SAT exam taken in October of a students Junior year. High scores may qualify students for National Merit Scholarships.
SAT I--Scholastic Aptitude Test. College entrance examination, math and verbal questions only.
SAT II-- College entrance examination. Subject specific. Student needs to research which colleges require these exams.
TAP--Tuition Assistance Program for college.