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Title: RHS Guidance Department

RHS Guidance Department
  • Sophomore College Planning Night

RHS Guidance Department
  • Mr. Don Green, School Counselor
  • Ms. Lindsay Richard, School Counselor
  • Mrs. Laurie Rotondo, Lead School Counselor
  • Mr. Raheel Saleem, School Counselor
  • Mrs. Janet Quick, Guidance Secretary

Alphabet Breakdown
  • Class of 2015
  • Mr. Saleem A-G
  • Ms. Richard H-Le
  • Mr. Green Li Z
  • The breakdown will be adjusted slightly as Mrs.
    Rotondo will have
  • students from the Class of 2015 again. A letter
    with the breakdown will
  • be sent in early July with your final report

  • College Selection Factors
  • Family Connection
  • Admission Factors
  • Standardized Testing
  • End of Year Reminders
  • Question Answer Session

College Selection Factors
  • Size of Campus
  • Large, Medium, or Small
  • Public or Private Institution
  • Location
  • Distance from Home
  • Urban, Suburban, or Rural
  • Quality Selection of Programs
  • Quality of Faculty
  • Resident or Commuter
  • Diversity of Student Body

College Selection Factors
  • Athletics
  • Div. I, II, III
  • Club or Intramural
  • Cost
  • Tuition In-State vs. Out of State
  • Financial Aid
  • Support Services
  • Career Services, Special Services Tutoring,
    Counseling Specialist, Learning Disability
    Specialist, etc.
  • Special Programs
  • Study Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Graduate
    Programs, etc.

College Search Process
  • Where do we begin?
  • Communication
  • What is the student looking for?
  • What are the parent expectations?
  • Who is financially responsible for tuition?
  • Initial Research
  • Websites and View books-College Board
    Family Connection
  • Test Drive
  • Visitations- fall, spring, and summer
  • open house, tours and sit in on a class

Family Connection
  • College Search Database specific to RHS
  • Each student received a password during course
  • Forgotten Passwords See your counselors
  • Link to Family Connection can be found on the RHS

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Impt. Factors for the Admission Committee
  • What are colleges looking for?
  • Types of Courses (Create a 2-year plan Jr. Sr.
  • Grade Point Average
  • Standardized Tests (SAT/ACT SATII)
  • SAT Math, Critical Reading, Writing
  • Time 3 hours 45 minutes long
  • Score 200 800 for each section
  • ACT English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning,
  • Writing (optional) Always register to
    take WITH Writing
  • Time 3 hours and 30 minutes
  • Score 1 36 for each section, then an
  • composite score of 1
  • SATII Subject tests to measure ones skills in a
    particular subject
  • English, Math, Science,
    History, and Languages

\ SAT or ACT?
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • No Science Section
  • No Trigonometry section
  • Vocabulary emphasized
  • Non multiple-choice questions included
  • Guessing penalty
  • No English Grammar
  • Math accts. For 50 of score
  • Science Reasoning Section
  • Math section includes trigonometry
  • Vocabulary less important
  • Entirely multiple choice
  • No guessing penalty
  • English Grammar tested
  • Math accounts for 25 of score

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Questions go from easy to hard in most sections
  • Report scores only from the test dates you choose
  • Easy and hard questions mixed within sections
  • Report Scores only from the test dates you choose

Math Levels Standardized Testing
  • Sophomores taking Algebra II or a higher math
    level this year can take the official SATs or
    ACTs in June of sophomore year and/or fall of
    junior year.
  • Sophomores taking Algebra II next year should
    wait to take the SATs or ACTs until the spring
    time of junior year. Typically, sophomores
    taking Algebra II next year will take the
    February ACT and March SAT.

Standardized Testing Calendar
  • PSAT Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • Practice ACT Saturday, November 16, 2013
  • Practice 1/2 SAT 1/2 ACT February 1, 2014
  • Official SAT 2013 2014 Dates announced in July
  • Spring of Junior Year
    Dates Based Upon Previous Year Dates)
  • January 25, 2014
  • March 8, 2014
  • May 3, 2014
  • June 7, 2014
  • Fall of Senior Year October, November December

Standardized Testing Calendar
  • Official ACT
  • Junior Year (dates confirmed)
  • September 21, 2013
  • October 26, 2013
  • December 14, 2013
  • February 8, 2014
  • April 12, 2014
  • June 14, 2014
  • Fall of Senior Year September, October

Create a Test Taking Schedule
  • October PSATs
  • Pending Math Level
  • December ACT
  • January SAT
  • February ACT
  • March HSPAs SAT
  • April ACT
  • May AP Exams Subject Tests, SAT
  • June SAT, ACT, Subject Tests

SAT II (Subject Tests) AP Exams
  • SAT IIs are subject based tests. Students can
    take this test at any grade level.
  • SAT IIs should be taken when the course is
    completed and fresh in your mind. We suggest May
    and/or June
  • AP examinations are for college credit only,
    typically not for college admissions

Score Choice
  • Score Choice gives you the option to choose which
    scores (by test date for the SAT and by
    individual test for SAT Subject Tests) you send
    to colleges in accordance with an institution's
    stated score-use practice.
  • If you decide not to use Score Choice, all of
    your scores will be sent to your recipients.
    Students should still feel comfortable sending
    all scores, since most colleges consider a
    students best score.

Impt. Factors for the Admission Committee
  • Essay
  • Interviews (not all require)
  • Sample Questions on Guidance Website
  • Demonstrated Interest Level
  • Extracurricular/Work experiences
  • Honors/Awards
  • Letters of Recommendation (More Information and
    Forms Distributed at Junior College Planning
    Night in January)

  • NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse Application
  • Can be submitted at the beginning of Junior Year
  • Send SAT or ACT to NCAA Clearinghouse directly
  • Send Official Transcript to NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Athletic Scholarships Div. I or Div. II only
  • Athletic Resume and Questionnaires
  • Student Athletes Ask Yourself If I can not
    compete, would this still be the right school for

Sophomore/Junior Year Calendar
  • Summer
  • Visit Colleges
  • Research Colleges
  • Fall
  • Take the PSATs in October at RHS
  • Pay attention to when college representatives
    will be visiting RHS in the fall. Each
    junior/senior can attend 6 information sessions.
  • Attend Open Houses at Colleges

Sophomore/Junior Year Calendar
  • Winter
  • Attend Junior College Planning Night
  • Attend Financial Aid Night
  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT
  • Spring
  • Take at least 1 SAT and 1 ACT
  • If you take an AP class, take the subject test in
    that content area in May or June
  • Ask Teachers to write letters of recommendations
  • Submit Brag Sheets to the Guidance Office

Helpful Reminders
  • Keep your grades up! Everything counts!
  • Change your email addresses to a family account
  • Become Familiar with Family Connection
  • My Space/Face Book Accounts College Admission
    Offices do look at your accounts
  • Best Fit not Best School Finding the best
    fit requires visiting and researching
  • How many? 2 or 3 reach, 4 or 5 target, 3 or 4
  • Stay Organized
  • Explore Various Options for Colleges Within Our

Fall National College Fairs
  • Sunday, November 10, 2013
    Philadelphia National College Fair at
    PA Convention Center from
    11am 3pm
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • NJ National College Fair at
  • Atlantic City Convention Center from
    9am-12pm 6-9pm

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