Action Plan: High School Juniors


Take the PSAT/NMSQT®
Start Your College Search
  • Start with you: Make lists of your abilities, preferences and personal qualities. List things you may want to study and do in college.
  • Jump-start your college planning by reading about majors and careers.
  • Use College Search to find colleges with the right characteristics.
Begin Thinking about Financial Aid


Get Ready for the SAT
Schedule Your Spring Testing


Explore Colleges
  • Start visiting local colleges: large, small, public and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Develop an initial list of 15-20 colleges that interest you. You can narrow it down later. Search for colleges and use My College List.
Prepare for AP® Exams
  • Do well on AP Exams and receive credit, advanced placement or both at most colleges for qualifying scores. Prepare for AP Exams.
Plan Ahead for the Summer & Senior Year


Keep Up Your Momentum
  • Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, at colleges you’re serious about, schedule interviews with admission officers. Be sure to bring your campus visit checklist.
  • Request applications from the colleges you’re planning to apply to. Check important dates; some colleges have early dates or rolling admission. Consult the College Application Calendar and the Financial Aid Calendar for a basic idea of the applications timeline.


Getting Ready for Senior Year!

The Summer Before Senior Year
  • Visit colleges that interest you. Get the campus tour schedule. Arrange an on-campus interview with an admission representative.
  • Create a resume — a list of your accomplishments, activities and work experiences. Your resume can help you complete your applications and essays.
  • Keep a college calendar of all admission deadlines.
  • If you plan on competing in Division I or Division II college sports and want to be eligible to be recruited by colleges, register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
  • If you took AP® Exams in May, look for your AP score reports in July.
  • Register early for fall test dates for the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™.
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