Facebook Live Recap: How High School Juniors Can Prepare for College Admissions

The best way for juniors to prepare for college admissions? Start early and start off right! In my recent Facebook Live Q&A, I answered your questions on admissions prep for juniors—from academic courses to standardized tests and more.

In case you missed it, here’s a recap with a list of some of the questions I answered and the full video of my session!

HERE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS YOU'LL SEE ME ANSWER:
  • Is it better to take more AP classes possibly resulting in a lower GPA or to take fewer AP classes to increase your chances of maintaining a higher GPA?
  • Is it better for a student to continue in an AP class with an 85 average? Or, would it be better to drop the class?
  • When should a student take the SAT or ACT for the first time?
  • Should a junior use the free score report for standardized tests?
  • When is the best time to take Subject Tests?
  • Does an ACT score of 31.75 round up to a 32, which is required score for sone merit scholarships we are looking at?
  • How do we create a college list without knowing standardized test scores and grades yet?
  • When should a student start visiting colleges?
  • What is the best way to help your child decide what they want to pursue in college?
  • What are the different types of admissions? Rolling, Early Decision, Early Action, etc.
  • Does applying Early Decision lessen your chances of being awarded a merit scholarship?
  • Should a family fill out the FAFSA if they know that they won't qualify for need-based financial aid?
  • How is a scholarship applied to financial aid?
  • Are applicants put in separate piles based on race?
  • Should a student self-identify their race on their applications?
  • If a student is not a recruited athlete, does all of the time they put into sports still matter to admissions officers?
  • What should students be doing during the summer between junior and senior year?
  • Do colleges only want to see recommendation letters from junior year teachers?
  • What should juniors be doing right now to prep for college admissions?