By Mr. Edward Marman
Though the year has just got under way, there are many things that come up quickly that different grade levels should be keeping in mind.
Juniors and Seniors: Check the school calendar on our website. I’ll post information about college fairs and college recruiters. We’ve already got a few lined up during September and October.
SAT or ACT or Both? First, if you haven’t taken either one yet and you are considering going to college next fall, get signed up for these exams. If possible, I encourage students to try both. Many times students will perform better on one than the other and colleges will generally accept either one and will use whichever one makes you look like a stronger candidate.
If you took an ACT or SAT last spring, it’s still not a bad idea to take it again. Frequently students will do better on a second testing so it’s worth a shot. However, taking each test more than twice doesn’t usually yield stronger results so I recommend saving your money if you’ve already tested twice.
Sign up links for SAT and ACT are on the school website’s calendar and all test dates and registration deadlines for the year are posted. I also have practice tests and books which can be checked out in my office. If you have any questions, please come see me.
Taking the PSAT exam is strongly encouraged for all juniors. This is an excellent way to find out what to expect on the SAT in terms of length, difficulty, and format. You also get to keep your exam booklet for studying for the SAT. The score report you receive in December will give a complete breakdown of every question on the exam. This test is also the ONLY WAY to put you in the running for the National Merit Scholar competition. The exam is only given once each year. We will be giving it here on Wednesday, October 17th, from 7:30 – 12:00 noon. Cost is $18 and you can sign up with Mrs. Kenner in the front office beginning on Monday, September 17th.
Read PSAT information above. We should have room for 10-20 sophomores to take the PSAT. For you, it’s just good practice for taking the PSAT as a junior(when it ‘counts’) as well practice for the SAT.
It is vital that you get off to a good start academically. GRADES MATTER! I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of students over the years who have done a great job during 11th and 12th grades, but are kicking themselves for having a bad freshman year. If you want to have a strong GPA when you graduate, it starts by having a stong freshman year. If you are having trouble, talk to your teacher, ask questions, get tutoring. Don’t let things slide.