Junior Year Timeline


Italicized topics can be found at www.collegeboard.com


  1. Take the PSAT/NMSQT to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs for recognition and scholarships. Check "yes" for Student Search Service® to hear from colleges and scholarships.
  2. Go to college fairs in your area.
  3. Visit the SAT Prep Center to download a free diagnostic Mini-SAT.
  4. Explore majors and careers that are right for you.
  5. Be sure the colleges on your list offer the majors in which you are interested. Use Advance College Search to find out which majors are offered at which colleges.



  1. Gear up for end of course exams. Get tips for Exam Day Success.
  2. Learn more about college costs and financial aid.
  3. Use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator to estimate how much your family will be expected to pay.
  4. Start your College Search . Make a list of the college characteristics that are important to you.



  1. Use your PSAT/NMSQT Report Card Plus for personalized feedback on you academic skills and to help you get ready for college and the SAT.
  2. Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays.



  1. Start your College List to track college requirements.
  2. Organize a file of college brochures and information.
  3. Search of scholarships online that match your skills and interests, and talk to your counselor about local scholarship opportunities.



  1. Register for the SAT 1.
  2. Use the SAT Prep Center to focus your practice for the upcoming SAT tests.
  3. Plan to visit colleges this spring while they are in session.
  4. Start to explore your college options . Think about which college characteristics are important to you--public or private, two or four-year, far away or close to home?
  5. Have an interview with an admissions officer when you visit a campus.



  1. Take the SAT1
  2. Sign up for strong college preparatory courses your senior year.
  3. Consider AP® Courses to help you prepare for college-level work.
  4. Think about taking a course at a local college, especially if you are thinking about majoring in a subject for which your school does not offer AP courses.
  5. Look for a great summer opportunity -- job, internship, or volunteer position



  1. Register for the June SAT I
  2. Study for the May AP exams. Visit the AP Prep Center.
  3. Go to any college fairs in your area.
  4. If applicable, prepare writing samples, portfolios, audition tapes and other materials for the fall application season.



  1. Late registration for the June SAT I
  2. Make a resume of your accomplishments, activities, and work experiences.
  3. Start your summer reading list . Ask your teachers to recommend books.



  1. Take the SAT I
  2. If you are considering military academies or ROTC scholarships, contact your counselor before summer vacation.



  1. Register for fall SAT's.
  2. Start thinking about college majors related to your interests and career goals.
  3. Manage your college list online. Request applications, brochures, and financial aid information.
  4. Visit college campuses. Be sure to call ahead for tour and open house schedules.
  5. Try to narrow your list to five to eight colleges by the end of the summer