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Take time to learn the requirements for graduation:

There are new requirements for 9th grade students entering high school in 2016-2017 and beyond. The more you know the better you will be with selecting and tracking your academic courses.

Take the PSAT

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test will give you an up close and personal preview to the SAT, which is one test used for college admissions. The PSAT is offered to all 10th and 11th grade students. Your scores on the test give more information about your potential for Advanced Placement courses. Juniors should take the SAT for the first time in the spring (note: after taking the PSAT in the fall). The PSAT test will be offered on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Take a Practice Test
Simulate test day by taking an official PSAT practice test on paper.

Practice for the SAT
Watch videos, get personalized help with Khan Academy, take a practice SAT test, and answer daily questions.

ACT Online Prep

Prepare for the ACT anytime, anywhere

Your coursework already prepares you to take the ACT—but additional practice can help you be ready to do your best. ACT® Online Prep provides additional practice wherever and whenever you want it.

ACT Prep

The ACT Test for Students

The ACT is the leading US college admissions test measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

Take AP Courses

Advanced Placement courses offer students an opportunity for more academic rigor which will assist them with the college admissions process. Taking an AP exam will afford them the opportunity to receive college credit. 

Explore AP - The College Board

Take Dual Enrollment Courses

Dual Enrollment gives 11th and 12th grade students an opportunity to meet the requirements for high school graduation while simultaneously earning college credit. Dual credit opportunities are available at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Students must meet VPT testing requirements and submit the required forms. See your school counselor if you are interested in Dual Enrollment.

Dual Enrollment Information - Options for High Schoolers

Take Time to Volunteer

Don't forget that community service. Make sure you start early in your high school career and keep track of your time. Try to find a volunteer opportunity in your field of interest. It also looks great during the college admissions process.

Take Time to Research Colleges

What are the requirements to get into college? How far do you want to travel from home? Do you want a large or small college or university? What schools have your major? What careers are you interested in? These questions can be answered by taking a career interest inventory, a college tour, speaking with the admissions office of a prospective college/university or doing research on the internet/at the library.

College Search Information - CollegeBoard

Virginia Education Wizard

The Virginia Education Wizard was created to help you understand more about yourself and find out how to achieve your goals. Through career assessments, college and career advice, and tools to help you plan each step of the way, the Wizard will help you focus on your next step. Created in 2009, the Wizard has undergone several enhancements, with the latest completed in January 2016. Welcome to the Virginia Education Wizard!

Learn more about how the VA Wizard site can help you.


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