Sophomore Year

September

Find out about the PSAT and the PLAN, preliminary preparation tests for the SAT and the ACT. With high scores on these preliminary tests, one may qualify for academic recognition and possible scholarships. Both tests are scheduled from October through December.

October/November

The PSAT and SAT have similar questions; consider this a practice for the SAT. PSAT scores from junior year qualify one for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

December/January

Meet with a guidance counselor to review the results of the PSAT and PLAN tests. Review the material included with the test results.

February/March

Visit the high school's college guidance office to research colleges, view literature, read guidebooks and discover Internet resources.

April/May

Visit the guidance counselor to discuss registering for the June SAT Subject Test. This specialized test is on academic subjects that you have already completed.

Discuss with the guidance counselor enrolling in summer school or taking a summer course at a local college.

June/July

Some colleges require three SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II) that are given in early June. Tests should include math and writing. You will be taking these tests again in your junior year and you'll have the option of sending your best scores to colleges. PSATs will be taken in October. Consider a summer PSAT/SAT prep course.

Latest College & Financial Aid News

$43M in Loans Forgiven for Students of Closed Colleges

September 6, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The federal government discharged more than $43 million in student loan debt for former students of recently closed for-profit colleges. Students who attended programs operated by Education Corporation of America, Dream Center Education Holdings, Vatterott College and Charlotte School of Law will be able to qualify for a full discharge of their federal loans if they were enrolled when their college closed or withdrew within 120 days of the official closure date and didn’t transfer to another institution, according to Inside Higher Education. [...]

College Board Backpedals - No Adversity Score to be Added

August 30, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

College Board is ditching its previous plan to capture socioeconomic information from students with a single score - also known as an "adversity score" - when scoring their SAT college admissions test. The score would have taken into account a student's socioeconomic background and the neighborhood in which they grew up. [...]

Female-Only Scholarships Under Fire In Higher Ed

August 20, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Female-only college and university STEM programs are coming under fire for male discrimination as they attempt to "redress gender imbalance" in fields such as computer science and engineering. The U.S. Department of Education launched more than two dozen investigations into higher education institutions nationwide - including UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC as well as Yale, Princeton and Rice - which offer female-only scholarships, awards and professional development workshops. [...]

Last Reviewed: September 2019