College Readiness

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Image result for college readinessCollege is the next level of education after high school, and it’s time for us to prep. For the Seniors, this will be their last year of high school before college, and the Juniors only one more year.  

The process for getting into college is not easy, and it takes time. The first step is getting passing grades in all of your A-G classes. At our school, almost all classes are A-G classes. There are a few exceptions, such as AP Support. To graduate you must have at least a C- in these classes, but you are encouraged to try hard.

Tests, Tests, Tests

In November 1959, the first ACT was administered by Everett Franklin Lindquist. It was administered as a competitor to the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test, which is now  called the SAT. The ACT originally consisted of four tests: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences.

You must pass the ACT and SAT; however, those are just to see if you are college ready. Other tests are included, such test include the ELM and EPT to see if you need to take remediation classes. Another test you must take is the CAASPP, which you take in eleventh grade to see if your college ready. To be considered college ready from the ACT, you must get a 22 or higher in English ,and a 500 or higher in math. To be considered college ready from the SAT, you must get a 23 or higher in English, and a 550 or higher in math.

There is a way to help with this and make it a little easier. In high school you accumulate credits, a certain amount of credits is needed to graduate. If you take an AP class and are able to pass the test at the end of the class you can get credits for high school, and  college credits for that class.

The best way to get ready is to take as many, if any, AP classes as you’re willing to and as many you feel you will pass. This is meant to get as many college credits as possible. When time for the AP test comes, you should try to find practice test to work on, or to find some way to study. This is very important moment in your life, because completing college will give you future option later in life such as better jobs, a better pay, and a higher chance to be hired.