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High school juniors should be planning their next steps


March 11, 2008

High school juniors need to act now to prepare for success after graduation, according to ACT Inc. It may seem to these students like a long time until the end of their senior year, but there are many steps they should take now to meet their post-graduation goals and take advantage of the greatest number of opportunities.

 By this point, 11th graders should have already spent time considering what they want to do after they graduate from high school—careers they might like to pursue and colleges or training schools they might like to attend. Now they should take further steps:

• Schedule visits to colleges to which they are considering attending

• Begin to investigate college scholarship and financial aid opportunities

• Plan to take the most challenging courses they can in their senior year

• Talk to teachers, counselors and/or school administrators about writing letters of recommendation

• Register to take the ACT college admission and placement exam

The U.S. Department of Education says spring is a good time for 11th graders to take college admissions tests. This allows them time to review results, make any necessary changes in their course schedule, and retake exams in the fall, if necessary. The next national ACT test date is April 12, with a registration deadline of March 7. Another national test date is scheduled for June 14.

Students who wait too long to begin planning could miss out on important opportunities. For more information and a free timeline of important planning dates, students can visit and click on either “College Planning” or “Career Planning.”


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