Get It Together for College A Planner to Help You Get Organized and Get In

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/24/2008
  • Publisher: College Board

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Building on the success of the collegeboard.com Web site, this workbook provides calendars, checklists, worksheets, and tips to help students organize their college application materials.

Author Biography

The College Board, a not-for-profit membership association, connects students to college success and opportunity through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP). Students, parents, educators, and librarians recognize the College Board as a source of expertise on SAT and CLEP®test preparation, college admissions, and financial aid. The Board publishes the bestselling Official SAT Study Guide, the College Handbook, the Book of Majors, and other books that help students prepare for college, research their options, and succeed in higher education. It also maintains the popular collegeboard.com Web site, which is visited by more than two million unique visitors per month.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
How to Use This Bookp. xi
My Organizer on collegeboard.comp. xii
The Big Calendarp. 1
Junior Year Month-by-Monthp. 2
Senior Year Month-by-Monthp. 13
Make Sure You're on Trackp. 25
What Colleges Are Looking Forp. 26
Ninth- and Tenth-Grade Plannerp. 28
Recommended High School Classesp. 29
High School Planning Worksheetp. 30
20 Questions to Ask Your School Counselorp. 32
What to Know About APp. 33
Extracurricular Tipsp. 34
Extracurricular Archivep. 35
Tips for the Student-Athletep. 36
What to Include in a Sports Resumep. 37
Sample Student-Athlete Resumep. 38
Sample Student-Athlete Letter of Interestp. 39
Top 10 Time-Management Tipsp. 40
Your Personal Time Machinep. 41
Summer Reading Listp. 42
Notes Pagep. 44
Finding Colleges You Likep. 45
Quick Start College Search Tipsp. 46
10 Tips for Surfing College Web Sitesp. 48
Basic Choices to Makep. 50
Accreditation: Must Knowsp. 52
Community College Fact Sheetp. 54
Your College Majorp. 56
Matching Careers to Degreesp. 57
Step-by-Step Career Worksheetp. 58
Four "Top 10" Career Chartsp. 60
ROTC FAQsp. 62
College Fair Tip Sheetp. 63
20 Questions to Ask College Repsp. 64
College Fair Journalp. 65
What You Want Checklistp. 70
Your Short List of Collegesp. 72
Notes Pagesp. 74
Visiting Collegesp. 77
When to Visit Collegesp. 78
Campus Visit Checklistp. 79
Questions to Ask During the Visitp. 80
Sizing Up a Dorm Checklistp. 82
Campus Visit Journalp. 83
Taking Testsp. 91
FAQs About the PSAT/NMSQTp. 92
FAQs About AP Examsp. 93
FAQs About the SATp. 94
The SAT at a Glancep. 96
Test Prep Tipsp. 97
Multiple-Choice Strategiesp. 98
Strategies for Success on the SAT Essayp. 99
Tips for Taking the SAT Subject Testsp. 100
SAT Test Day Tips/What to Bringp. 102
If You Need Accommodationsp. 104
Test-Taking Timelinep. 106
Test-Taking Trackerp. 108
Notes Pagesp. 110
Filling Out the Applicationsp. 113
Application Basicsp. 114
College Application Timelinep. 116
College Application Trackerp. 118
College Application FAQsp. 120
Online Application Do's and Don'tsp. 121
About the Common Applicationp. 122
What to Know About Applying Earlyp. 123
Guidelines for Getting Recommendationsp. 124
Sample Recommendation Request Letterp. 125
Recommendation Cheat Sheetp. 126
Homeschooled?p. 130
If You Have to Interviewp. 131
20 Interview Questions You Might Be Askedp. 132
20 Questions for You to Ask Your Interviewerp. 133
Interview Checklistp. 134
Notes Pagesp. 135
No Stress Application Essaysp. 137
Three Steps to a Great College Essayp. 138
Topic Brainstorming Worksheetp. 140
Essay Writing Do's and Don'tsp. 142
First Draft Checklistp. 143
10 Sample Essay Questionsp. 144
Notes Pagesp. 145
The Money Partp. 151
Senior Year Financial Aid Timelinep. 152
Financial Aid Application Trackerp. 154
10 Questions for the Financial Aid Officep. 156
Fill Out the FAFSA Step-by-Stepp. 157
Fill Out the PROFILE Step-by-Stepp. 162
Compare Your Awards Worksheetp. 166
Questions to Ask About Your Financial Aid Awardp. 167
Your College Loan Optionsp. 168
10 Essential Borrowing Tipsp. 170
Finding Scholarshipsp. 171
Scholarship Matchmakerp. 172
How to Spot a Scholarship Scamp. 173
Scholarship Application Trackerp. 174
Notes Pagesp. 176
After the Letters Arrivep. 179
Next Steps After You're Acceptedp. 180
Sample Thanks, But No Thanks Letterp. 182
What to Do If You're Wait-Listedp. 183
What to Do If You Don't Get in Anywherep. 184
Choose Your Housing Optionsp. 185
Thinking of Living Off Campus?p. 186
Off-to-College Checklistp. 188
Shopping and Packing Tipsp. 190
College Survival Tipsp. 191
Notes Pagep. 192
Glossaryp. 193
Contact Listp. 201
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