August To-Dos

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Use this To-Do list as a checklist to make sure you stay on track.

Rising Seniors 

  • Set a goal to complete the main section of either the Common Application or the Coalition Application before school starts. Remember that some colleges do not accept these applications so be sure to check before completing.
  • Many colleges have additional supplemental essays particular to their college so identify the ones you will answer and develop a strategy for each and a timeline to complete them. 
  • Don’t worry if your standardized tests get cancelled. It is not in your control. Most colleges have gone test optional. Focus on what you can control such as your essays, senior-year grades, and interesting extracurricular experiences you can do this summer and this fall.

Rising Juniors

  • Remember, your performance junior year, both academically and extracurricular-wise, affects your college options and it is never too late to make changes so you will be a better student, school or community citizen, and applicant.
  • Determine your testing plan—Will it be SAT or ACT? Develop a schedule for preparing for and taking the test. Test cancellations may continue, but we will guide you along the way.


  • Set personal and academic goals for the coming year that will position you for improved grades and increase your involvement in your school and community.
  • If you currently receive accommodations for learning differences or other disabilities, you can register for accommodations with College Board, which administers the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject tests, and AP exams early in high school so no need to wait. (The ACT requires a test registration so you must wait till you are ready to register for a test to apply for accommodations).

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