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August College Prep Checklist for High School Juniors

Juniors should keep their college prep moving along with this task list that includes testing considerations as well as other helpful ideas.

Shawna Newman

July 31, 2023

August College Prep Checklist for High School Juniors
Stay organized to prepare for your junior year coursework and college prep.
You’re about to head back to school – as an upperclassman! It’s an exciting time, and the more organized you are in your studies and the college preparation process, the more you’ll be able to enjoy every moment with your friends. Here’s a checklist for the month of August to help you as you go back to school. Get ahead of the class in the college search and planning processes:

August Planning Checklist for High School Juniors:

Begin a study routine for the ACT or SAT.

You can do so in a variety of ways, including taking practice exams, test prep courses, utilizing free online resources, or even practicing questions on study apps.
You may consider using Khan Academy or CollegeBoard to practice and prepare for your next SAT or The Princeton Review for the ACT, which all offer short boot camps to boost your test-taking confidence. Also, the SAT will be offered digitally to the Class of 2025. Learn everything you need to know about this major change, which includes a shorter testing time and more help throughout the exam.

Consider taking the ACT or SAT as a junior.

It doesn’t hurt to take the SAT or ACT as a junior if you do plan to take standardized tests. In fact, it’s a good strategy. You’ll be able to gauge how well you do on the tests, while still leaving plenty of room for yourself to improve before your senior year.

Think about taking AP classes this coming semester.

AP classes can look great on your college applications – as long as you feel you can handle them. Talk to your teachers and counselors to see if an AP course might be a good route for you. These classes are academically challenging, but don't let that deter you. They are actually great preparation for college level coursework, working double duty to prepare you and potentially provide you with some college credit if you get the right score on the AP tests in May.

Keep applying for scholarships!

As always, apply for as many scholarships as you qualify. It’s a process that often feels pointless because you don’t see the fruits of your labor for a while, but it is absolutely worthwhile once you get help paying for school. Start by applying for scholarships for high school juniors from this list of Scholarships for the Class of 2025.

Attend college fairs in your area.

College fairs allow you to get an informal glimpse of a college without actually visiting. At a college fair, you can meet and chat with an admissions officer, grab brochures and info sheets, or take steps to plan your in-person college visit. These events are worthwhile to attend and the good news is that they are easy to find. Look up some fairs near you – they could open worlds of possibilities!

Research potential colleges using TikTok and YouTube.

As you research, keep notes of what you like or dislike about each school. It will help you target what you’re looking for in a college. Once you have a solid list of schools you’re interested in, search for the admissions criteria as well as financial information to see if the school seems like a realistic fit for you (or if you have to buckle down and apply for scholarships, financial aid and get a second job). Search colleges that have made your list on TikTok and YouTube. Many students talk candidly about student life and their experiences on campus. You can get a genuine student perspective of campus life this way! This may be the only case where you can say you’re using TikTok for college research.

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