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How to Submit a College Application that Stands Out

Your seniors might be nearing the end of “application season” and can probably attest to how time-consuming and stressful this period can be. I bet if you ask, seniors would give current juniors this advice regarding college applications: “PLAN AHEAD.”

There are a ton of tasks to accomplish during senior year related to classes, extracurricular activities, and college planning. Couple that with the application process – filling out forms, crafting multiple personal statements, writing essay… after essay… after essay – and it’s easy to see that applying to college is a HUGE undertaking.

When your students develop a plan and become familiar with the application process, it can help ease stress, making this phase of life more manageable, even exciting!

Students can find various, and often scattered, webpages describing the different stages of applying to college. But, to save your student’s time, we’ve created a one-stop resource, an eBook called The Ultimate Guide to Applying for College.

Your seniors can use this book to gain insider information on how to make the different parts of their application stand out, and juniors can use it to get a jumpstart on what’s to come.

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Check out this guide to make the college application season more manageable, even exciting! 

Class of 2018: The One Thing Your SENIORS Should Do Right Now

Submit College Applications

Have you ever been asked, “which part of the college application is the most important?” Your students want to know what to focus on the most in order to stand out.

We’ve talked to our former admissions officials here are ACT and they say that every college will weigh its applications differently. But, the best thing a student can do is make sure each part of the application is filled out with utmost effort and focus and is submitted by the deadline. Colleges are looking for well-rounded individuals that show promise in multiple areas.

Guide students to these pages which contain tips on how to make each part of the application a “standout” section:

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Attend your DREAM school. Submit a STRONG college application that increases your likelihood of being accepted:

Class of 2019: The One Thing Your JUNIORS Should Do Right Now

Take the ACT Test

Does the testing date impact student scores on the ACT?

This is a question that’s commonly asked. Students and parents want to know if there’s a specific date that gives test-takers an advantage.

But, through a process called ‘equating,’ ACT ensures that every test is equal and fair. Scores are comparable no matter when a student tests, and only vary based on a student’s ability and preparedness for it.

So, if no test date is better than another, when is the best time to take the ACT?

We advise students to take their first test the spring of their junior year. With college and scholarship applications due in the fall, students want to have a competitive score to apply with by their senior year.

Taking the ACT in the spring gives a student two advantages:

  • Allows students to experience the high-stakes testing environment.
  • Provides a benchmark that students can build upon for improvements.

Continued classroom instruction coupled with test prep gives students a greater chance of improving their score if they decide to retest later on, resulting in more college acceptance letters and more scholarship dollars.

Class of 2020: The One Thing Your SOPHOMORES Should Do Right Now

Think About Life After High School

How can you get sophomores to take their first actionable steps toward future planning? Encourage them to consider the PreACT®. This new tool helps students identify their current college readiness, determine academic strengths and weaknesses, and explore interests and aligned career aspirations.

On top of all of that, the test also provides information that can help students select the right high school courses, think about ways to build upon their academic knowledge, and receive a predicted ACT® test score. Your students may also choose to have their information shared with college and scholarship agencies, which can help them already get discovered by colleges and find possible scholarship opportunities.

There’s no end to the benefits the PreACT® can give your students, but ultimately, this will jump-start their plan for life after high school.

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Start exploring majors, colleges, and possible careers:

ACT Kaplan Online Prep Live

FREE ACT® Test Prep Class January 16 @ 7 PM EST

We know that test prep might be one small component of what you’re responsible for as a high school counselor. And the perception of test prep is that it’s just a way for companies to make more money, offering no real, tangible value for the student. So, why even bother recommending it – or recommending beyond what your school provides?

We believe that the best test prep programs not only prepare students for a test, but also help enhance their knowledge of the subject matter covered in the test. Test prep programs should build on a student’s academic strengths and shore up their weaknesses across subject areas, so students feel confident they are prepared for and can do their best on the test.

That’s what we aimed to do with our partnership with Kaplan, through our test prep option ACT® Kaplan® Online Prep Live. Through live instruction, students can build confidence for the ACT® test while also building their knowledgebase so they can be more successful in their classes, and ultimately, more prepared for college. 

On January 16, Kaplan is offering a FREE sample class at 7 pm EST for ANYONE who wants to join. This session will allow students to gain an understanding of what kinds of subjects and questions will be asked on the test, while also getting the opportunity to refresh and refine their knowledge. 

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Taking the ACT® test and looking for help with test prep? Try this free sample class: