Fall/Winter

  • Take the PSAT.
  • Register carefully for second semester courses. Take the most demanding program you can manage successfully. Your junior year academic record is vitally important. Evaluate it and try to strengthen skills in areas that are more difficult for you. Pay particular attention to English and math skills.
  • Begin building a college list by consulting books that provide information about a wide range of colleges. Also consult websites like www.collegeboard.com.
  • Participate in visits that college representatives make to ICJA. Prepare a list of questions in advance based on what matters to you.
  • Investigate and attend area college fairs.
  • Explore taking an SAT/ACT review course.
  • Consider taking the December or February ACT and/or the December or January SAT I.
  • Students who are registering for a non-Saturday test date for the first time must do so on paper rather than online. Along with the paper registration materials, each student must send a letter that verifies that his or her religious beliefs prohibit Saturday testing. A letter and paper registration materials are available in the Guidance office.

Spring/Summer

  • Explore taking an SAT/ACT review course.
  • Schedule and take the April and/or June ACT and/or the March, May, and/or June SAT I.
  • Certain selective colleges require students to submit the results of two or three SAT IIs (Subject Tests). Check the requirements at schools that interest you. Consider taking the SAT II if you will be completing an AP course or a course sequence at the Honors level. Note that certain SAT IIs are not offered on all SAT testing dates.
  • Start drafting personal essays and building an academic resume of your activities and interests.
  • Register carefully for senior year courses. Take the most demanding program you can productively handle. Register for at least four college prep courses each semester (five courses if you are considering highly selective colleges).
  • Visit colleges. At each visit, fill out a visitor card, attend an information session, and take a campus tour. To get a feel for each campus, eat in the cafeteria, visit the library, talk with students in the student union, visit the Hillel, etc. Schedule a formal interview, if offered. Meet with a faculty member if you have a particular area of interest.
  • Look for a summer job, investigate summer programs at colleges, or consider a summer program in Israel or elsewhere.
  • Watch your mail for a copy of the Student Information Questionnaire that will provide background information for the teachers and the college counselor who will prepare your recommendations.
  • Schedule an appointment with the college counselor and your parents.
  • Start to identify and meet with teachers and others you will ask to write your letters of recommendation. The most helpful letters are those written by teachers who know you the best, and who can include specific examples of your contributions and achievements.