Preparing for the college Application process at ISM

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This is the spring presentation for parents of current Juniors.

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Preparing for the college Application process at ISM :

Preparing for the college Application process at ISM Kerrie Troseth, M.S., GCDF ISM College Counselor

ISM uses:

ISM uses Naviance is a comprehensive college planning tool and administrative document processing center. Seniors will use Naviance to: Indicate colleges where they will be applying to for admission consideration Request teacher recommendations Request ISM high school transcripts and other school documents to be sent to colleges Update college admission process and scholarship awards for ISM reports

ISM uses:

ISM uses Naviance is a comprehensive college planning tool and administrative document processing center. ISM will use Naviance for Seniors to: Track admission trends Complete Common Application teacher evaluations, counselor evaluations, mid-year reports, final reports and send documents electronically to colleges using the Common Application Electronically send school documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, mid-year reports, etc.) to colleges Track documents sent to colleges for verification purposes

ISM students and families must use Naviance:

ISM students and families must use Naviance http://connection.naviance.com/is-minnesota If you need a password to get into your child’s account, please email Mrs. Troseth.

Step 1: Create a College List:

Step 1: Create a College List

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Juniors have been working on this list all year, so your child should have 5-15 colleges in their Naviance list.

Reach, Match, and Safety:

Reach, Match, and Safety Reach Schools- are schools that have an average SAT/ACT score higher than what a student achieved or the school is considered “Highly Selective” Match Schools- are schools that have an average SAT/ACT score about the same as the student achieved. Safety Schools- are schools that have an average SAT/ACT score less than what a student achieved. 2

Finding ACT/SAT Averages:

Finding ACT/SAT Averages

Step Two: understand the admission criteria :

Step Two: understand the admission criteria Juniors have reviewed all aspects of the Common Application in advising class. We are currently working on the Common Application essay in class.

STEP Three: Take Required Tests:

STEP Three: Take Required Tests Most colleges/universities will require an ACT or SAT score report. Students can take either test and submit it to the college(s). Students are responsible for sending all test scores directly from the testing company to colleges. This includes ACT, SAT, SAT Subject, TOEFL, and AP test scores. ISM is not able to do this on the student’s behalf. Some colleges do not require an ACT or SAT test score for admission. A list of these colleges can be found at: http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

STEP Four: Prepare Resume:

STEP Four: Prepare Resume Juniors have been constructing their resumes in their Naviance account.

Step Five: Create Drafts of Application Essay:

Step Five: Create Drafts of Application Essay The Common Application requires students to complete one essay – at least 250 words but no longer than 650 words. More selective colleges may require additional essays. Summer is a great time for students to work on their essays for admission. Juniors started their Common Application essay in advising two weeks ago. We will be working on it more during the next few weeks.

August College application season begins:

August College application season begins The common application will allow students to start the online application on August 1, 2013 (no sooner). First term advising classes are spent solely on completing college applications and college admission essays. Most students will submit their applications by November 2013.

August College application season begins:

August College application season begins A list of colleges where the student will be applying to for the next school year (two reach, two matches, two safety). Score results from ACT and/or SAT. Additional test scores may be required by the colleges, so those tests should be completed around August-October. A draft of the Common Application essay for teachers to review. Consider two teachers to write recommendations for college applications.

August College application season begins:

August College application season begins Students should consider visiting the colleges on their list. International students need to submit Passport information, letter of financial assets, TOEFL scores, and a copy of your former high school transcript.

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