Spring of your junior year in high school is usually a busy and exciting time, filled with campus tours and SAT/ACT/AP testing. And while this spring will be different than any of us anticipated, there are still things that you can do to get ready for the college admissions process.

 

Standardized Testing

On April 15, 2020, The College Board announced that the June 6th test date has been cancelled. They are hoping to provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of 2020 starting in August. This will include a new test date in September as well as the previously scheduled tests on August 29th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th. Students will be able to register for these test dates beginning in May. The College Board is working with high schools and colleges to provide increased test center capacity so any student who wants to register is able to do so.

Also, many school districts are working with The College Board to create opportunities for test administration during the school day starting in the fall.  Most test preparation companies are now offering options for students to take a practice test or complete test prep online using Zoom or a similar platform.

Finally, in the past few weeks, a number of colleges and universities announced plans to become “test optional” for the next year or two, starting with the Class of 2021. Double check college websites for updated information on testing requirements as changes are happening quickly!

The Common Application

If you haven’t already done so, log into https://www.commonapp.org and create an account. Please be sure to keep track of your password; sharing it with a parent or guardian is a good idea. You should be able to complete most of the questions and any work you complete will be saved during the Account Rollover in late July. Please note that college specific questions and recommender invitations will not rollover.

 

Essay Writing

The Common Application announced earlier this year that they are not planning to change their essay prompts for the class of 2021. This is a great time to start working on your main essay! The essay provides students with the opportunity to make their application stand out. Brainstorm with a parent or friend. Consider what is really meaningful to you. Think about what you want colleges to know about you that will not be found in other parts of your application.

 

Virtual Tours and Social Media

College tours are an important part of the admissions process, but right now most schools are not offering on-site visits. As an alternative, virtual tours, which can be found on many school websites, are a good way to help you “visit” classrooms, dormitories, dining halls and other locations on campus. You can also consider following schools on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.