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August To-Dos

August 1st, 2021

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August To-Dos

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Remember to plan ahead so you’re prepared for handling the increased workload of the start of the school year.

Use this August to-do list, to prepare for fall.
Rising Seniors
  • Set a goal to complete the main section of either the Common Application (available August 1) or the Coalition Application before school starts including your personal essay.
  • Work with your consultant on a strategy for each supplemental essay and a timeline to complete them.
  • If you think you will need any additional testing—SAT or ACT, register now for the September or October administrations.
  • Remember your senior year grades are very important. Even if you apply early in November, colleges will see your first-term grades. They will also receive a midyear report after the first semester.
Rising Juniors
  • Assess your study skills and work habits and determine any changes you should make. Remember, your performance during junior year affects your college options and it is never too late to make changes.
  • Determine your testing plan—Will it be SAT or ACT?  Develop a schedule for preparing and taking the test. Or will you apply test-optional?
All Students
  • Set personal and academic goals for the coming year that will position you for improved grades and increase involvement in your school and community.
  • If you currently receive accommodations for learning, you can register for accommodations with College Board, which administers the PSAT, SAT 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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