2019-2020 College Planning
- Make a list of all your abilities, social/cultural preferences, and personal qualities.
- Stay informed about LHS College events: Remind – text 81010 Message @lhs-ccctr
- Make a list of college characteristics that are important to you; i.e. regions of the country; cost; schools that offer particular majors, etc. This procedure will help in selecting a college. Check the college catalogs available in the Career Center or visit collegeboard.org has links. Be sure to research online, most colleges have web sites. (Ex. California State University’s: www2.calstate.edu/Apply, www.universityofcalifornia.edu, www.californiacolleges.edu & www.collegiatechoice.com ) Talk to friends, family, teachers, and recent grads of Liberty HS now in college. List College features that interest you.
- Check college requirements. Make sure you are fulfilling the necessary requirements for the college you plan on attending. Research your major and the admission requirements or “recommendations” (especially for UC‘s or Private Universities).
- Plan on playing collegiate sports? Check your Core Course Completion and the NCAA clearinghouse.
Athletic Eligibility requirement checklists are available in the College & Career Center & on the LHS website under the Collegiate Athletics tab.
- Attend District College Night at Freedom High School, Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 6- 8 p.m.
- Attend Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 6:30- 8 p.m. in the PAC and start looking for scholarships. Search fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com and Liberty’s College and Career Center website.
- Stay on top of your grades…This is your final year to increase your GPA before College Applications.
- Plan on attending a California State University? Create an online profile at www2.calstate.edu/Apply
- Take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in both the New and Old GYM. Register in the Student Store, cost is $18.00.
- Sign up to take the SAT and/or ACT at least once in the spring. It’s ideal to reach your goal score by the end of your junior year. Most schools only take scores up through December of your senior year.
- Test dates & study information is available in the College & Career Center and online. You can register online: ACT: www.actstudent.org and SAT: www.collegeboard.org College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free SAT test-preparation programs and resources.
- Find out if your University requires/recommends SAT Subject Test.
- Visit some local colleges – large, small, public, and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop a list of 15 or 20 colleges that attract you. Register with these colleges.
- Plan to visit colleges over spring break.
- Take your CAASPP- EAP test in English & Math. Take these tests seriously!
- If you are considering military academies or ROTC scholarships, you should begin the application process this summer.
- If you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college, register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
- Find a full-time or part-time job, or participate in a camp or summer college program.
- Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, at colleges you’re serious about, make appointments to have interviews with admissions counselors.
- Begin writing your UC Personal Statement or other required College Essays.
- Download applications from colleges to which you’ll apply. Check applications dates - large universities may have early dates or rolling admissions.
Practice Tests provide information to help students identify academic skills that need improvement while there is still time to make an impact. These practice tests include:
PSAT/NMSQT Focusing on the content students learn in the classroom, they will reflect strong instruction — in math, English language arts, science, history, and social studies — and relate directly to the skills research shows are essential for college and career readiness. The PSAT/NMSQT is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (must be a junior to qualify). PSAT has partnered with KHAN ACADEMY, to create a free study plan especially for each student: www.khanacademy.org/sat
PSAT 10 will focus on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success. The tests will reflect the work students are doing in classrooms across the country and around the globe. This test is designed for 10th grade students.
ASVAB has tests and activities that help students identify their interests and provide information about their Verbal, Math, Science and Technical skills.
Students register for most Practice Tests on the Liberty website or in the Liberty Student Store. For more details, visit the College & Career Center or Webpage.
College Entrance Exams
SAT or ACT: College entrance tests are generally taken during the junior and senior year of high school; however, they may be taken at any time. Students may take these tests as often as they like, generally the college or university takes the highest score from each test for college admissions: 2-4 attempts is the general rule.
SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of a student’s critical thinking skills. It will assess how well he/she can solve problems and analyze.
ACT Assessment is used to measure a student’s readiness and academic achievement for college by assessing their English, Mathematics, Reading and Science skills.
SAT Subject Tests measure students’ knowledge and skills in a particular subject and their ability to apply that knowledge. No student may take more than three tests on any one test date. The SAT Subject tests are required or recommended in addition to either the ACT or SAT reasoning by some four year colleges. Students should research the requirement for the college(s) in which they plan on applying to.