HS senior late starters: get going

get going on making your off-to-college decisions

If you have finished your junior year in HS and haven't made any plans about college or trade school, you better get going. Applications will be due in the fall time. So you don't have much time to select your college (based on career traits and needs) and prepare and submit your applications.

But don't fret! You can catch up with these (4) quick summary tasks:

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for HS seniors

Meet with Your HS Counselor

Get with your guidance counselor (or school administrator or teacher) as soon as you can to discuss your post-high school plans. Research what you want to do after graduating from high school.

You need to answer the question:

"Is college, junior college or trade school right for me?"

To answer this question, research job statistics, employment trends, and collegiate majors using our quick tools below. Then evaluate your aptitude skills for different career disciplines.

for HS seniors

Study for the College Exams

Discuss with your guidance counselor about the following college exams:

Advance Placement Exams:
you should consider taking Advanced Placement Exams or CLEP tests in your Junior and Senior years. This allows you to test out of some college courses that can save you time and money.

College Entrance Exams:
almost all colleges and some trade programs require a college entrance exam. These exams measure your ability to understand college-level materials.

Most colleges require the SAT college exam; some require the ACT Assessment exam. A few college will require both exams. So check with your college which exam will be required.

about the college entrance exams
about the SAT exam
about the ACT exam

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Research Job Trends

Research future career opportunities to help decide what you want out of college. Find out what jobs are going to be hot and what jobs are not.

This will help decide whether to go to college, vocational school or jump right into your career.

some helpful resources
occupational outlook
employment projections
state-by-state labor statistics

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Get to Know Yourself

View some career and personal self-assessment tests to determine your aptitude and character for career opportunities. The last thing you want is to start college in a career that you will not like.

By understanding your personality type, it will help determine what career opportunity will bring you the most satisfaction.

some helpful resources
online quiz on what career type
Myers & Briggs self assessment
Keisey Temperament assessment