- Identify which of your colleges are offering online or in-person interviews this summer and begin scheduling them.
- Book a meeting with your consultant to rehearse key messages about yourself, prepare questions and do a mock interview before the first interview.
- Set a goal to complete the main section of the Common Application, including the personal essay, before school starts. You should plan to complete your personal essay by the end of July unless you made another arrangement with your consultant.
- Under the guidance of your consultant, work on resumes, and, if applicable, art or film portfolios, or presentations of music and other talents.
- If you hope to be recruited for your sport, keep in touch with coaches this summer and be prepared to share your transcript and test scores (if you have them) when asked.
- Register for the August, and fall SAT if you haven’t already done so, as well as the fall ACT when available in late July.
- Take a practice SAT and ACT to determine which test is a better fit for you and share your scores with your consultant.
- Develop a plan for the coming year that details when you will take standardized tests and which months you will prepare. If you plan to work with a tutor, line one up in advance.
- Sketch out a list of your current activities to discuss with your consultant to evaluate if there are new opportunities you may wish to pursue this summer or next year.
- If you haven’t been able to find a job or meaningful volunteer work, then consider pursuing one of your hobbies in depth (or find a new interest), or take an online class. Be sure to engage in a fun and productive way this summer.
- One of the best ways to prepare for the SAT or the ACT that you will take during junior year is to read. See our suggestions here.