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Q: My student is just starting to think about college. What can I do to help him/her
understand more about the college admissions process?
A: Applying for college admissions can be overwhelming. By starting to plan and prepare
now, you and your student are taking the first steps toward success. Here are a few
tips to help you and your student get started:
Q: When should my student take the PSAT/NMSQT?
A: PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives
your student a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship
programs. This test measures your student's critical reading skills, math problem
solving skills, and writing skills. Your student should definitely take the PSAT/NMSQT
in his or her junior year. Your student may benefit from taking it during your sophomore
Q: What is the SAT and ACT?
A: The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, measures how well your student will apply
what he or she has learned in high school to college-level problems. It is a three-hour
test which measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills your student has developed
over time and skills he or she needs to be successful in college.
The American College Test, or the ACT, assesses your student's general educational
development and your student's ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice
tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing
Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Your
student may want to consider taking the ACT more than once. ACT research shows that
of the students who took the ACT more than once 55% increased their composite score
on the retest.
NOTE: King University accepts students who have taken either exam.
Q: When should my student take these entrance exams?
A: Your student can start taking entrance exams for practice as early as his/her sophomore
year. Or, he/she can wait until junior year when more material has been covered in
school. Be sure the tests have been taken by end of the junior year to allow time
for retesting, if needed.
Q: How can I help my student prepare for ACT and SAT?
A: Purchasing study books, using computer software, or doing practice tests may help
improve scores, and students may feel more confident during the tests. Make sure time
spent for studying for tests is balanced with other studies and co-curricular involvements.
Q: When should my student and I start visiting colleges?
A: It is never too early to start exploring colleges. A good way to start is by attending
college fairs in your area. Pick up brochures and explore web sites. Request information,
catalogues, and financial aid information from the colleges that are of interest.
Then, you and your student can brainstorm a list of important college characteristics
(location, size, etc.) and develop a preliminary list of colleges based on desired
college characteristics. Start visiting colleges during your student's junior year.
When you and your student visit, take extended campus tours of 'top choice' schools.
Be sure to sit in on classes. Visit with other students. See surrounding areas. Consider
revisiting some of your student's top choices. Click here for more information on visiting King.
Q: What can I do to help my student in the college application process?
A: Let your student take a leadership role in contacting offices, asking questions,
and completing forms, but help keep an eye on deadlines and responsibilities. Be available
to proofread essays and give constructive criticisms on drafts of her application
Here a few other steps your student will need to complete: