Tips for College Preparation

  • How can I begin to explore my options for college?

    It is never too soon to begin planning for your future. There is a wealth of information available when you are ready to explore options for college. Here are a few things you can do to begin collecting this information now:

    1. Contact the admissions offices of colleges you are interested in attending. Schedule tours to get a feel for the courses, staff, campus, and students.
    2. Begin to prepare for standardized tests. Many colleges require the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) which test your abilities in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science, and include an optional writing test (essay). The SAT includes critical reading, mathematics, and writing sections. Admissions offices may use your scores on these tests when determining your acceptance to their college. Many of these tests have sample questions and practice books you may use to prepare for the test. When looking at schools you are interested in, find out which, if any, of these tests are required.
    3. Attend college night events in the community. T.C. Williams High School has an annual college night when representatives for various colleges visit T.C. Williams and speak with interested students and parents about their university and provide information that may assist you in your college selection process.
    4. Read books and magazines which may give more specific information on the college(s) you have selected. There are many books available in your local library.
    5. Talk with counselors, parents, and teachers about their college experiences and share with them your interests and what you would like to do once you graduate from high school. 

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