Quick College Planning Tips

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Learn And Earn Computer Keys Showing Working Or StudyingThis weekend was definitely all about educational planning. We hit up an open house for Grand Arts (loved it! they offer dual enrollment at LACC) and then we went to an amazing college planning workshop given by Dr. Corliss Bennett-McBride where she shared some great college planning advice!

Here’s a quickie on the information she shared:

  • If you have a junior, make sure to have them take the upcoming SAT and the ACT as well as the SAT subject tests. Yes, they will take it again in the fall but schools will use the highest scores in math and verbal from both SAT tests. Also, some students perform higher on the ACT, so why not try it?
  • If you have a freshman, have them take the PSAT this coming October. Practice makes perfect! Merit scholarships (which can considerably reduce tuition) are based on high scoring PSATs, which they will take in their junior year. Have them start studying now.
  • And lastly, what your student selects as a major on their application can make a difference. In some cases, it’s better to go undecided, ie if they want to be a business major and they have low scores in math.

Do you have any tips you’d like share? Leave them in the comments.

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