As we approach the start of a new school year, it is a great time to assess whether your child is on track to earn admission to the college she would like to attend. Take stock of the following:
SAT/ACT: September and October are popular times to take the SAT or ACT as the school year is just ramping up. It is crucial that your child has her scores by the time she applies (read: no later than December if your child is a senior). If your child is not a senior, consider an SAT/ACT prep program to learn strategies for achieving the highest score possible.
Required classes: many selective colleges have stringent class requirements that include foreign language and science classes. Make sure your child is on track to complete the classes she needs to be eligible to attend the colleges she would like to attend.
Extracurricular activities: it is important your child is involved in activities she is passionate about, whether it is a sport, volunteering, or the arts. Your child should seek leadership opportunities wherever possible. Encourage your child to adopt the mantra of quality over quantity for the activities she participates in and to develop value for college admissions officers.
Keep track of accomplishments: big or small, it is important to write down any of your child’s accomplishments to refer to when completing the applications.