Sophomore Year Timeline
Concentrate on academic preparation and continue to develop basic skills and co-curricular interests.
- Consult your counselor about the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). The PSAT is essentially a practice test to help you prepare for the SAT.
- Take NCAA approved courses if you want to play sports in college.
- Take PSAT in early/mid October for practice for the SAT.
- Keep a record of your co-curricular involvement, volunteer work and employment.
- Make sure you are “on top” of your academic work! If necessary, meet with your teachers for additional help.
- Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio (all year).
- Receive your PSAT scores. You will receive both the score report and the actual test that you completed so you will be able see where you excelled and where you did not.
Select your courses to meet your academic needs for next year.
Attend the Sophomore College Planning in meeting. We will be joined by an admission representative and will discuss topics such as the college fit, college testing, and college visits.
- Look for volunteer activities to develop your interests.
- Begin to research colleges! Log into Naviance and begin your research.
- Consider registering for the SAT II: Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.com), see your counselor to discuss. These one hour subject exams that test you on curriculum you have completed. Many selective colleges require the SAT Subject tests. Students may take no more than three at any one sitting and students may sit for the test at SAT test dates through December of the senior year.
- See your counselor for advice on course selection.
- Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors to help you get there.
- Plan now for wise use of your summer. Consider taking a summer course or participating in a special summer program (the Couseling Office will have a listing of these). Consider volunteer activities.
- AP Exams.
- Take the SAT Subject Tests if you registered previously for it and it made sense for you.
- Consider registering for a test preparation course over the summer or in the fall for the PSAT/SAT.
- Make your summer productive. Continue to read, read, read!