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Useful advice to Juniors, Seniors, and their parents regarding application tasks.


Hi! My name is Nick Pantelides, I am a senior consultant at Admissions Consultants. I was a former Director of Admissions at the U.S. Naval Academy for over 24 years. I am also a graduate of the academy. If you are considering a career in the military as an officer at one of our military or service academies then I am the one who can help guide you through that process. College applications bring a lot of stress. Let us take that stress out of the process for you. It must be a good fit for you if you are going to be successful. I am now going to talk about some application test that college bound high school students should pencil into their calendars for the spring semester of their junior year and the fall semester of their senior year, the SAT and the ACT. The spring of your junior year is an excellent time to take the SAT reasoning test or the ACT. You will get your scores in plenty of time to use them in your college selection. If your scores match those of students who were recently admitted to your target schools, you can rest easy and turn your attention to other application tests. If your scores fall below that mark, you have left yourself plenty of time to take the test a second time. SAT Subject Tests A number of selective schools either require or encourage applicants to submit scores from two or three SAT subject tests in addition to their SAT or ACT score. Look into the requirements for your target schools now so you will know what test you will need to take and then visit with the College Board website to find out what dates you can take those test. SAT subject tests are given almost but not all of the same test dates that the SAT reasoning test is given on. Not all subject tests are available on all test dates. Class Selection It is never too early to start thinking about what classes you will need to take in your senior year. Your first semester classes are especially important because they will be listed on your transcripts and your mid-year reports. Of course, admissions committees like to see high grades but they also like to see proof that is a student is curious in a sought out challenging courses. That does not mean you have to load up on every AP or IV class that is available to you. On the contrary, there is a good argument to be made for deciding how much time you want to put into an AP and an IV course work and then taking only as many classes as you feel comfortable with. School Selection and Your Visits You’ve probably been researching schools for some time now and at least informally. Now is the time to get serious. You want to come up with a list of eight to 12 schools that you would be happy to enroll at, including stretch and safety schools. If you can use the spring or summer to visit your top priority schools, there is nothing like a campus visit to give you a better sense of what might actually be like to attend that particular school. Let the admissions office know you are coming especially if you are visiting a smaller school. Essays All selective schools require applicants to submit one or more essays as part of the application package. Look at the requirements for your target schools. Start thinking about topics for your essays and jotting down your ideas months before your application deadlines. Essays can be the most time consuming part of preparing a college application, but good ones can pay off by setting you apart from the many other applicants with grades and test scores similar to yours. And also by convincing that admissions committee that you are someone they want as a student at their school. Application Deadlines Start thinking now about what schools you want to apply to. Keep in mind, most early action and early admission deadlines fall on November 1st. Regular admissions deadline often fall on or around January first. Although public Universities with growing admissions continue to accept the applications into the spring months, it is advisable to submit your applications well before that. With today’s large and well applicant pools, many state schools fill all the available spaces in their freshmen classes long before their final deadlines. To get you started, give us a call at 703-242-5885 so we can further discuss your successful application.