Preparing for College: 11th grade

JUNIOR Checklist


Summer before your junior year

  • Tell family, friends and teachers that you are going to college.
  • Start researching colleges. Look through materials at your guidance counselor's office or at the library, check out college websites, and talk to family, friends and teachers.
  • Explore careers. Think about what you might want to study in college.
  • Start researching how to pay for college, and how to get financial aid.
  • Start looking at scholarships and grants – FREE money.


  • Register for and take the PSAT and/or the PLAN. This test is given in October. Check with your counselor.
  • Talk to your counselor and teachers about SAT Subject Tests for this year.
  • Look for college fairs to attend. Go prepared with the college fair checklist.
  • Complete the FAFSA4caster to estimate your eligibility for federal student aid.
  • Attend a financial aid workshop or seminar.
  • Start a college application file. Keep all your papers organized and at your fingertips.


  • Start preparing for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT. The tests are in the early spring.
  • Decide which standardized test you will take. Most colleges require you to take at least one.
  • Prepare for NYS Regents Exams with "Regents Review 2.0".


  • Register for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT.
  • Take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT.
  • Review your senior class year schedule with your guidance counselor. Be sure you are taking the right classes and are on track.
  • Start planning your summer. Think about getting a job, internship, or participating in a summer program.
  • Find out about college-prep summer programs.
  • Register and study for AP exams.
  • Study for and take finals and Regents exams.


  • Keep looking at colleges. Start narrowing down the list of colleges that you are interested in.
  • Request applications from the colleges you are interested in.
  • Start writing your college application essays.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation.
  • Start putting together a resume.

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