Start your college preparation during the summers before your final years in high school. The summer months provide extra time that can be used to study and prepare for your college applications. Here are 5 college preparation tips that can get you started on your college preparation this summer.
1. Study for your entrance exams this summer
If you are going to be entering your third year in high school and you have not yet taken the entrance exams you can start this summer. If you are planning to attend a university in Canada you will need to study for the provincial exams. If you wish to apply to a school in the United States you will need to study for the SAT as well. Set aside some time to review study materials for these tests.
2. Sign up for entrance exam courses
There are exam preparation classes you can take during the summer. You can also hire a private tutor to help you study for your entrance exams. These courses will not only help you get ready to take your exams but will also serve as college preparation for future tests you will take at the university level.
3. Take summer SAT practice tests
In addition to college preparation courses there are also practice exams available for you to take. These practice exams are very similar to the actual test and will help you determine if you are ready to take the actual SAT or provincial exams. You can take as many practice tests as you like, You can download free practice provincial exams from the BC Ministry of Education website. SAT practice exams are plentiful on the internet. You can also buy practice tests at any bookstore. The most efficient way to study for the SAT and provincial exams is to keep taking the test over and over again. Make sure to stay within the actual time limit allowed for the test. Hire a tutor to go over your completed exams and go over the questions you got wrong.
4. Visit college campuses you are interested in
One of the most exciting parts of college preparation is going to visit different university campuses. You should plan a visit to more than one university so that you can compare the different universities that you are interested in.
5. Get started on college applications early
Some universities accept early applications at the beginning of your final year of high school. To get ready for the fall and winter deadlines the summer is an ideal time to compose the essays that are required for most university applications. Completing your college applications during the summer allows you to focus all of your attention on your application rather than juggling school classwork and college applications simultaneously.
Use these college preparation tips to get ahead this summer!
Don’t procrastinate when it comes to applying for Universities! Follow these college preparation tips and get started this summer. Spend the necessary time to make sure you get into the best university that you can. Finally, don’t forget to save some time for fun and relaxing activities this summer too!