Timeline for Junior Year

The following timeline is only a guideline. Please use it to assist you in your planning.

September

  • College fair in Burlington: TSA takes all juniors and seniors to the annual NEACAC College Fair
  • Parent college night at TSA. Check school calendar for details.

October

  • PSAT/NMSQT test administered at TSA.

Throughout the fall (generally September through November)

  • Visit with college representatives who come to the school.  The schedule is posted as it is developed. See Naviance for details.

January

  • Register for spring SAT and/or ACT testing.
  • Switch to PATH with Kimberly Barnhart, where you will start college searches and learn many of the details of the college application process.
  • Create a list of colleges in which you might be interested.
  • Organize college information and brochures.
  • Plan visits to colleges. Take advantage of February and April breaks, or in-service days. Visit a variety of schools, whether you are interested in them or not. Schedule interviews with admissions personnel.

February

  • During February break, visit a few colleges, if possible. Please note: these do not need to be colleges in which you are interested.  Rather, it is better if the schools you visit first are ones in which you are not interested.

March

  • Continue to develop your list of potential colleges.
  • Identify standardized test requirements for the schools in which you are interested.
  • Register for the May or June SAT, ACT and/or SAT Subject Tests, as needed.

April

  • Visit colleges.
  • Review college expectations in the admissions process.

May/June

  • Take the SATACT and/or SAT Subject Tests. Plan when you will take tests next year. Do not take ANY SAT Subject Test without specific test preparation.

Summer

  • Internship, summer job, or travel. If you have done all the steps above, take a step back and don’t stress over the college application process. You will have plenty to do in the fall.
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