SAT, ACT, and SAT/ACT Combo Practice Tests!
If you took one of the Mock tests on Saturday, October 19th, please remember to attend the Score Report Information Session on October 29th at 6:30PM. An expert from Applerouth will be here to explain the reports and give an overview of college admissions. Mrs. Scheid will also be giving the general process that GSMST follows to prepare students for college admissions.
GSMST uses the Naviance application beginning in 9th grade for Career exploration. As students progress towards graduation, Naviance begins to focus on college searches and selection. The counseling and teaching faculty use Naviance to process all college application materials, such as transcripts, school reports, and recommendation letters. It is important that students are familiar with Naviance, especially in the senior year!
Students use this website to connect: www.succeed.naviance.com/gwinnett
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2013 Senior Parent Night
The powerpoint from the evening is here! I tried to include the details that I talked about, so the slides have more information on them than seen that evening. As always, if you have questions please email me. I can respond via email much easier than telephone (because I can do email in the evenings).
Thank you for letting us work with your students!
Financial Aid General Information
The powerpoint below is from the FAFSA.gov website, with our state and local information included. This was shared at the Financial Aid Night in November and provides a general overview of the FAFSA and other financial aid avenues.
WEBSITES TO USE:
www.fafsa.gov - Make sure you are on the .gov site and not another website. There are fake websites out there that charge to fill out the FAFSA. Remember that the F at the beginning of FAFSA stands for FREE. The customer service at FAFSA is wonderful and are there to help EVERYONE through the process if you have questions.
On this website is the FAFSA4Caster. This gives you the opportunity to estimate your financial aid numbers.
www.GACollege411.org - This is where students get information about the HOPE Scholarship. It is critical to stay updated on the HOPE Scholarship requirements and changes.
Thinking of Military Academies?
It's never too early to start preparing. If you are in 9th and 10th grades, be aware of the requirements for each military academy and make sure your grades are UP.
If you are a JUNIOR, you need to be looking at the websites for each military academy. You also need to be familiar with the process of nomination. If you are thinking of applying to a military academy for college, please come see Mrs. Scheid ASAP to familiarize yourself with the process. The military academies begin their processes much earlier than traditional colleges.
Also, there are summer opportunities at the millitary academies that are VERY COMPETITIVE to attend and give you the sense of that particular academy. Look for those applications in the Spring.
College Visits and College Fairs
Agnes Scott College: Monday, October 21st 2:10PM
Northeastern University: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2:10PM
Loyola New Orleans: Thursday, October 24th, 2:10PM
Northwestern University: Lunch visit, Friday October 25th, FIRST LUNCH ONLY
Embry Riddle: Monday, October 28th, Lunch visit
Mississippi State University: Tuesday, November 5th, Lunch visit
Georgia PROBE Fairs
Always open to all students, with plenty of events. Gwinnett has a few in the area, at local high schools and at Gwinnett Tech. The Probe Fairs at local high schools are also open to any students and they encourage others to participate. Check out the Probe calendar to find a tour near you!
Education Ministry of The Cathedral of Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church 2013 College Fair, October 26th
The goal of this fair is to expose and educate students in the Metro Atlanta area to the opportunities and resources available when considering higher education. Students and parents will receive information on the college application process, applying for financial aid, and various scholarship opportunities. Many of the schools have agreed to waive the application fee for those students who submit onsite applications at the fair.
The College Fair will take place on Saturday October 26, 2013 from 12pm-3pm at The Cathedral of Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, located at 492 North Marietta Parkway in Marietta, Georgia. The event is FREE to the public! They will have over 50 schools in attendance as well as an entire area devoted to resources for scholarships, summer internships, application assistance, essay writing and other fundamentals on the college planning process.
Getting Ready for College
When applying to schools, our CEEB/School Code is 111140
Please use the following form when requesting recommendations. It is imperative that you follow the instructions on the form so that all teachers receive the information they need to write effective recommendations. Even if the recommendations are online, the teachers will still need your information in electronic or hard copy form.
SAT and ACT- College Entrance Exams
Click here for a video from Gwinnett County high school seniors, on how to help students prepare for the SAT or ACT --> TIPS FOR PARENTS
Fee Waivers are in the counseling office. Come see Mrs. Dascall if you need a fee waiver for SAT, ACT, or college applications.
Almost every student that attends a college has taken the SAT or ACT. But what exactly are these tests? And which one should you take?
The SAT assesses your math and English skills. It also contains a writing portion. Each section has a maximum of 800 points, with a high score of 1600 for the math and verbal sections, and a high score of 2400 when the writing section is included. Many college websites will discuss their “freshmen profile” and list the scores out of 1600. It is important to know what sections the college includes so that you know the expectations. To register for the SAT, go to www.collegeboard.com/mysat
The ACT contains four sub-tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. A separate ACT Writing Test is also available. Each sub-test has a high score of 36. These sub-test scores are averaged together for a Composite Score. Some colleges look at the sub-tests individually, others consider the entire Composite Score. To register for the ACT, go to www.actstudent.org
We strongly encourage you to take both tests at least once. This will give you an idea of which test showcases your abilities, and you can concentrate on increasing the score of your “best” test.
Hard copy transcripts are $5 per transcript. These are sealed in an envelope with a copy of the school profile and picked up by the student. Students are responsible for mailing their own transcripts.
Electronic transcripts require a one time $5 fee. This one time payment covers any number of electronic submissions. It is beneficial to send transcripts electronically when possible.
Students are responsible for requesting their own transcripts for any scholarship, college or other application. Students must allow 2-3 days for transcripts to be printed.
For college application transcripts, students can use Naviance to request transcripts for the fastest turnaround time. We MUST have the Electronic Transcript Waiver on file before we can process online transcript requests. The waiver is available in the Documents section of Naviance.
**From September to December, students need to allow 2 weeks for transcripts as the volume of requests will be extremely high.**
Students can also obtain official transcripts by filling out a Transcript Request Form (available below or in the Counseling Office). Turn in all requests to Mrs. Dascall in the Counseling Office.
Students may print a copy of their course history at any time from the parent portal, however, these are typically not accepted by colleges or scholarship programs.