• Sophomore



    • Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, as well as history, math, science and a foreign language.
    • Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests for colleges that you might be interested in attending.
    • Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
    • Get involved with extracurricular activities.
    • Go to college fairs in your area.

    Consider Taking the PSAT/NMSQT®


    Prepare for Tests

    • Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors and careers.
    • Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.

    Learn about Colleges

    • Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
    • Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your family about college financing.
    • Visit colleges while they're in session.
    • Find out about college firsthand from friends who are home for the holidays.


    Stay Focused

    Explore Summer Opportunities


    Make the Most of Your Break

    • Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
    • Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
    • Finalize your summer plans.

    College Board, 2010