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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com 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 • • • • • 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!