College Ready

Getting Ready for College 

Making A College Decision

You may already know where you want to go to college, but most students and their families are often looking at various programs for the student to attend.

The CollegeBoard, publishers of the SAT, have some excellent tools for you and good instructions on how to make this complicated process seem easier.

Use the video as needed to better acquaint the student and parents with more details about making the best college decision.

Financial Aid And Paying For College

Now that you have made your decision about the college you want to attend, use this video for helpful information about paying for your college experience.

Along with what you learn here you will then need to find out from the college you select what financial aid may be available for their programs. While student loans are available in many situations, the fewer student loans you consider makes life after college graduation much simpler financially.

Learn More About FAFSA

FAFSA Overview

Overview Of The Process

Types Of Federal Student Aid

How To Create An Account And Username

How To Fill Out The Fafsa

Determining Your Status

After Fafsa: Next Steps

Responsible Borrowing

Program Distinctives

The SAT Test

Information about the SAT taken from their website is “The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board.”

“The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.”

How The SAT Is Scored

When To Take The SAT Test

What To Expect In Math

Writing And Language Test

Essay Test (Currently Optional)

Understanding Your Scores

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The ACT Test

​The ACT is a college entrance exam that tests students’ knowledge of English, math, reading, and scientific reasoning, plus writing through an optional essay. By measuring readiness for college courses in these fundamental areas, the ACT provides a common data point that admissions officers can use to compare applicants.

The ACT is a multiple-choice test with four main sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. Test-takers can also choose to sit for the optional Writing section, which requires you to compose an original essay.

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Find out more about the ACT by visiting ACT- Solutions for College

ACT Academy

ACT Academy Student Portal

Understanding Your Scores

Let’s Get An Estimate On Cost

As you continue through the process of making your college decision, possibly the most critical decision will be assessing just what the financial limits to attending college are.

There are several college cost calculator programs that you can use. We are providing you several to use and you may find others that are even more helpful.​ This is information to get you started on finding resources for those going to college. It can be expensive so more help is better. Use the CollegeBoard Calculator to get an estimate of your costs.