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

Yale to Ditch "Freshman", "Upperclassmen", Adopt Gender-Neutral Terms

September 19, 2017

by Susan Dutca

In an effort to modernize, Yale will no longer use the terms "freshman" and "underclassmen" and will instead adopt gender-neutral terminology, such as "first-year" and "upper-level students." University officials still anticipate students and faculty to use the old terminology, since they're "deeply ingrained in our everyday language and in Yale's history."

The new terminology can be found in the Undergraduate Regulations and the First-Year Handbook and is expected to appear in all Yale College's publications and communications by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year. The effort to phase out the older terminology is "a piece of a larger movement to reflect the diversity of college campuses" and also in part because the "two words in particular are gendered," according to Jennifer Keup, Director Of the National Resource for the First-Year-Experience and students in Transition. [...]

Senate Bill to Make College Affordable and Accessible for Homeless, Foster Care Youth

September 13, 2017

by Susan Dutca

A bipartisan group of U.S House of Representatives and U.S. Senate lawmakers recently introduced a bill that would help homeless students and foster youth get the financial support they need for college. The bill would also remove other barriers to higher education, such as providing housing options, improving outreach, and streamlining the FAFSA to homeless and foster care students. [...]

Harvest Fall Scholarships for College

September 7, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Enjoy a seasonal treat this season with fall scholarships from Scholarships.com to help pay your college tuition bill. Harvest some of the largest dollar scholarships, most prestigious scholarships, and brand name scholarships out there with our list of October scholarships. These autumn scholarships are so good you'll scream! So hurry and apply for these scholarships due in October and don't let them fall by the wayside. For a complete list of scholarships due in October, click here. [...]

Last Reviewed: September 2017