Your College Admissions Timeline

Posted by Martha C. on 2/20/17 9:00 AM

College_Admissions.jpgLooking ahead to the college application process, it is imperative to have a roadmap to follow.  The most successful applicants begin to plan for their college application during the sophomore year of high school. By beginning to plan for the college admissions process early, applicants can better position themselves and significantly reduce the stress.  

Sophomore Year


-Begin standardized test preparation for the PSAT.

-Implement Reading Plan to build vocabulary (select magazine or newspaper to read on a weekly, if not daily, basis). Create vocabulary lists.

-What you do over the summer matters. Think ahead to the summer Prepare to take advantage of an academic, volunteer or professional opportunity.


-Sit for 1 SAT Subject Test (US History, Literature, Biology).

-Build your applicant profile. Plan to pursue 2 or more extracurricular activities and pursue courses that will challenge and differentiate you.

-Take a practice SAT or ACT.

Junior Year


-Register and identify test date for the SAT.

-Continue your SAT test preparation.

-Take 1 or 2 SAT Subject Tests (Chemistry, Language, Writing, Physics).

-Sign up for 2-4 Advanced Placement Courses/Tests in the subjects that you are most comfortable with.

-Implement a reading plan to build vocabulary (select 1 fiction novel to read/month outside of assigned school readings).


-Sit for the SAT and other SAT Subject Tests.

-Connect with college counselor and coach.

-Draft an initial list of colleges.

-Set up College Visits (optional).

Senior Year


-Finalize list of colleges.

-Create a schedule for college interviews.

-Brainstorm and draft personal statement.

-Address any outstanding standardized tests or re-dos.

Early Fall

-Create schedule of ED, EA, RD applications.

-Prepare Common Applications.

-Recruit recommenders.

-Implement Reading Plan to build vocabulary (select 1 non-fiction book to read/month outsides of assigned school readings).


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Sit for SAT or Subject Tests (October) as needed.

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