SERVITE HIGH SCHOOL
Class of 2016
Junior Parent/Student
Info Night
Hilary Recknor & Sara Williams
Servite Counseling
November 12, 2014
COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
• Hilary Recknor – A-D
x- 1156
• Doreen Moore – E-K
x-1133
• Megen Anspach – L-Q
x-1457
• Sara Williams –
x-1174
R-Z
• Debbie Blashaw – Director of Support Services x-1146
• Dave Glaudini– Junior Formation Director x-1128
• Dr. McDonald – School Psychologist x-1635
WHAT WE WILL BE COVERING:
• Testing
• Admission Factors/Junior Focus
• Extracurriculars
• Naviance/Family Connection
TESTING
Revolution Prep
Kelsey McCarthy
Servite Contact Aaron Horowitz
424-214-2393
[email protected]
SAT VS. ACT
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Why does testing matter?
Introduction to the SAT
Introduction to the ACT
SAT and ACT: Head-to-Head
Next steps: Testing timeline and prep options
Small input
Big output
Other
= 1,000 hrs.
Standardized
Testing = 10 hrs.
Other
Transcript
Transcript
= 8,000 hrs.
Standardized
Testing
Writing 2
Critical Reading 3
10 minutes
20 minutes
Essay
25 minutes
Math 3
20 minutes
Critical
Reading 1
Experimental
Section
25 minutes
25 minutes
Total Time:
3 hours, 45 minutes
Math 1
25 minutes
Writing 1
25 minutes
Math 2
25 minutes
Critical Reading 2
25 minutes
Science
35 minutes
Reading
35 minutes
English
45 minutes
Math
60 minutes
Total Time:
2 hours, 55 minutes
Total Time with Essay:
3 hours, 25 minutes
ADMISSION TESTS BY SYSTEM
UC:
• SAT or ACT + Writing
Out of State Public/
Private Colleges:
CSU:
• SAT or ACT
• SAT or ACT
• See each college website
Subject Test
requirements
Community College:
• No SAT or ACT
• Some colleges are now
“Test Optional”
www.fairtest.org
TESTING:
SOME COMMON QUESTIONS…
• A few SAT and ACT myths
• What is “Score Choice?”
• What is a “Superscore?”
• What is a “good” SAT or ACT score?
• Do schools prefer one test over the
other?
• Do all schools care about test scores?
SAT SUBJECT TESTS
• Each test is one hour in length
• Achievement-based tests, measuring knowledge
learned from college-level courses in the following
areas:
• ENGLISH: Literature
• HISTORY: U.S. History, World History
• MATH: Mathematics Level 1, Mathematics Level 2
• SCIENCE: Biology E/M, Chemistry, Physics
• LANGUAGES: Chinese, French, German, Spanish,
Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean
TEST SCORES…SOME FINAL WORDS
 One SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing must be
completed no later than the December Test Dates for
UC and CSU. (November is the better target date)
- SDSU requires November
- Early Action/Early Decision
 If seeking Accommodations for SAT or ACT, it is very
important to contact Deborah Blashaw, Dir. Support
Services, ASAP.
- [email protected]
PRIMARY FACTORS IN ADMISSION
• Grades in College Prep Courses
• Standardized Admission Tests
• Grades in All Courses
EYE OPENING FACTS:
• UCLA received 80,509 apps last year
• USC received 47,358 applications last year for 2,922
places – 20% admit rate & Mid -50% SAT Composite score
of admits between 1920 – 2230
• High School graduating Class of 2014 Acceptance Rates
•
•
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•
Columbia
Harvard
Yale
Stanford
Vanderbilt
7%
6%
7%
6%
13%
• Frosh Class at LMU last year had a Mean GPA of 3.62 and a
Mean SAT score of 1775
UC SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS (A-G)
15 ONE-YEAR COURSES WITH A GRADE OF “C” OR BETTER
a. 2 years Social Science/History (including 1year
of U.S. History)
b. 4 years English
c. 3 years Mathematics (4 recommended; Alg I,
Geometry, & Alg II)
d. 2 years Science w/Lab (3 recommended; Must
have 2 of these 3: Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
e. 2 years Foreign Language/LOTE (3
recommended; same language)
f. 1 year Visual & Performing Arts (Art, Theatre,
Music)
g. 1 year Elective chosen from the subject areas
listed above
CALCULATING UC/CSU
ELIGIBILITY INDEX
• Using SAT Reasoning Scores (Best CR & Math):
• GPA* x 800 + your SAT (CR+Math) Total
(*GPA in all college prep “a-g” courses taken in 10th, 11th, &
12th grades)
• Using ACT Scores:
GPA* x 200 + (10 x ACT Composite Score)
(*GPA in all college prep “a-g” courses taken in 10th, 11th, &
12th grades)
My index is ________
FACTORS THAT TIP A DECISION
• Essay / Personal Statement
• Counselor Recommendation
• Teacher Recommendation
• Extracurricular Activities
• Community Service
• Special Talents, Interests, Skills
• Work Experience
• Demonstrated Interest
THE APPLICATION:
PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Application
Essay(s)
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Secondary School Report
Official High School Transcript
Interview (sometimes)
Test Scores
Students send (not Servite)
Order From CollegeBoard/ACT
THE ESSAY
“When all else is equal between
competing applicants, a compelling
essay can make the difference.”
…College Board, 2011
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Your extracurricular activities are the most
impactful way that you can distinguish yourself as
a unique individual and showcase your personal
talents, strengths, passions and accomplishments.
• Quality, not quantity
• Do what you love and what makes sense
• Invest in meaningful ways
• Take on leadership roles
• There’s no one “right” activity
COLLEGE SEARCH
• Naviance/Family Connection
• www.calstate.edu (Cal States)
• www.universityofcalifornia.edu (UC)
• www.aiccu.edu (Private California)
• www.californiacolleges.edu
• www.cccco.edu (California Community Colleges)
• www.commonapp.org (456 Colleges in US)
• www.catholiccollegesonline.org (US Catholic Colleges)
NAVIANCE
FAMILY CONNECTION
• A comprehensive software/database that
students & parents can use as a tool in
planning for college
• Counselors will use Family Connection to
assist students in managing the college
application process
NAVIANCE
FAMILY CONNECTION
• Search for Colleges
• Manage College Applications
• Career Exploration & Interest Inventory
• Scattergrams
• Learning Style Inventory
• Communicate with Counselor
• Must use Servite email address to register
UPCOMING DATES
Rosary Financial Aid Night
January 8th,, 2015 – 7pm
Spring Junior Parent/Student College Info Night
March 4th , 2015 – 7pm Theatre
Mock Admissions Presentation
May 13th, 2015
THANK YOU FOR COMING!!
Questions??
Have a wonderful night!
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