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Checklist for this Week, February 19, 2013

For freshmen

Here are a few suggestions to start planning for the summer:

  • Some jobs are available to 14-year-olds. See the Department of Labor's YouthRules! website ( for information.
  • Lawn maintenance and babysitting are two popular options for making money during the summer. If you enjoy these activities, design flyers that advertise your skills and distribute them in your neighborhood.
  • Other summer activities to consider include volunteer positions. Check with your local hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, and churches or synagogues.

For sophomores

It's time to begin learning about current trends in higher education:

  • Start collecting newspaper and magazine articles about colleges and the admission process.
  • Look for charts and graphs that illustrate college and financial aid information.
  • Clip out articles about "hot" jobs and future career needs.
  • Investigate the courses and education required for emerging careers.
  • Start a file for all materials that you collect.

For juniors

Taking challenging and rigorous high school courses is the best long-term test preparation for the ACT and SAT. Here are additional college entrance exam test preparation possibilities:

  • Books
    Most bookstores and libraries carry books to assist you with practice problems and questions for the ACT and SAT.
  • Computer Software
    If you enjoy the interactive nature of computers, then you may prefer test preparation software.
  • Internet
    Check out the College Board's SAT Question of the Day (
  • Classes
    If you prefer classroom instruction, you may prefer test preparation classes. Check with your high school counselor for classes in your community.

For seniors

Are you completing a high school course by correspondence? Here are a few reminders regarding correspondence courses:

  • Verify with your counselor the date by which you must complete the correspondence course and final exam. Many schools set May 1 as the deadline.
  • Schedule adequate time for processing the necessary paperwork to take the final exam.
  • Ask your school counselor or registrar how correspondence courses and grades will be reflected on your transcript.

For parents

Your student might be looking for short-term college entrance exam test preparation. The four frequently chosen systems for college entrance exam test preparation are:

  • Books
    Many books are published to assist students with practice questions for both the ACT and SAT.
  • Computer Software
    If your teenager enjoys the interactive nature of computers, then he or she may prefer to use test preparation software.
  • Internet
    Encourage your child to answer the College Board's SAT Question of the Day (
  • Classes
    If your child prefers classroom instruction, you may find that test preparation classes are more helpful. Some familiarization with test format and instructions is always a wise choice before test day. Remember that the booklets that accompany ACT and SAT registration materials offer free sample test questions.