Timeline for College Admission
- Now is the time to
seriously begin thinking about what college or technical school you
would like to attend. Check the website for visitation days and
plan to attend one. It’s the only way you can decide if the school
is right for you. You will meet faculty, tour the school, learn
about college campus life, and have an opportunity to meet with
financial aid counselors to learn what financial aid is available
through the college or technical school.
- Plan to attend
College Night at Maude Cobb Activity Center in November in
Longview. Listen to the LHS announcements for date and time.
- It is imperative
that you register and take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic
Achievement Test) in October of your 11th grade year.
You will register at Longview High School and take the test there
during the school day. This test is the beginning of the National
Merit Scholar Competition. The test is given on one day only, so
don’t miss it. From this one test, you will begin to receive
information from colleges and have the opportunity to earn
scholarship money. . Remember the National Merit Corporation
Scholarship Program begins with your Selection Index (SI=your score
on the PSAT). If you want to be named a National Merit Scholar, a
Commended Scholar, or a National Achievement Award winner and earn
scholarship money, then you need to score well on the PSAT. The
road to scholarship money in your senior years starts in October of
your junior year.
- If you missed the
Lobo Scholars Academy the past summer, register for a PSAT prep
course given at Longview High School at night and on Saturday prior
to the PSAT. By knowing what’s on the test, you definitely will
improve your score, and your score is important!
- It is imperative
that you register for and take either the ACT or SAT, whichever test
your college of technical school requires, during the SPRING of your
junior year. Do NOT wait until your senior year to take these
tests, especially if you want to qualify for your school’s early
admissions. Colleges begin notifying prepared students of
admissions in December but only if you have applied and have all the
requirements in place during the first semester of your senior year.
- Don’t take the ACT
or SAT unprepared. Longview High School offers test prep classes
at night and on Saturdays. Going to take one of these tests “cold
turkey” guarantees you a poor score. These tests are not like the
TAKS tests; they are unlike any test you have seen before! Good
scores on these tests can also exempt you from the THEA test. (See
- Make a great score
of the TAKS test your junior year. These scores can exempt you from
taking the THEA test, Texas Higher Education Assessment, required by
many colleges and technical institutes. You must take this test in
order to enroll in dual credit classes through your high school.
The test currently costs $29.00, so if you can become exempt through
TAKS, you save yourself the bother of another test and $29.00.
Check out the THEA website-www.thea.com.
- Update your resumè
often—a list of all your school activities, community activities,
church activities, honors, awards, volunteer hours and projects,
work experience, technology skills, advanced courses you have
taken. Don’t leave out a thing. Then when you are ready your
senior year to compile a professional resumè to attach to your
scholarship applications, you won’t need to try to recall all that
information. You will have it at our fingertips. Also, you will
need to provide anyone who will write you a letter of recommendation
for college or scholarships a copy of this resumè.
- Now it’s very
important to seek summer academic and volunteer opportunities. Time
is running out. You will be a senior next year. Definitely don’t
waste the summer before your senior year. Do something productive.