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Time for High School Juniors to Take Action

Time for High School Juniors to Take Action

Iowa City, Iowa-High school juniors need to act now to prepare for success after graduation, according to ACT Inc. It may seem to these students like a long time until the end of their senior year, but there are many steps they should take now to meet their post-graduation goals and take advantage of the greatest number of opportunities.
By this point, 11th graders should have already spent time considering what they want to do after they graduate from high school-careers they might like to pursue and colleges or training schools they might like to attend. Now they should take further steps:
* Schedule visits to colleges to which they are considering attending
* Begin to investigate college scholarship and financial aid opportunities
* Plan to take the most challenging courses they can in their senior year
* Talk to teachers, counselors and/or school administrators about writing letters of recommendation
* Register to take the ACT college admission and placement exam
The U.S. Department of Education says spring is a good time for 11th graders to take college admissions tests. This allows them time to review results, make any necessary changes in their course schedule, and retake exams in the fall, if necessary. The next national ACT test date is April 12, with a registration deadline of March 7. Another national test date is scheduled for June 14.
Students who wait too long to begin planning could miss out on important opportunities. For more information and a free timeline of important planning dates, students can visit www.actstudent.org and click on either "College Planning" or "Career Planning."

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development . Each year, we serve millions of people in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies, nationally and internationally. ACT has offices across the United States and throughout the world. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose: helping people achieve education and workplace success.

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