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Junior Year is a Critical Time for College Prep

Junior Year is a Critical Time for College Prep

Learning Center Offers Tips to Create a Winning College Admissions Strategy

College admissions today are becoming very competitive, and understanding what you need to do to get ready for college is sometimes the toughest part of the preparation. While most college application deadlines have passed for high school seniors, juniors are in the beginning stages of the college process — researching colleges, meeting with guidance counselors, scheduling campus visits and taking the SAT/ACT. Junior year is a critical time for college preparation.

“Obtaining a college education requires a lot of time, effort and careful planning by parents and students working together. With students reaching for their ‘dream’ schools, many realize increasing their scores on their college entrance exams is only part of the planning process. Systematically preparing for university-level classes gives students more confidence and more confidence can lead to higher SAT/ACT scores,” said Jim Hermens, vice president of Sylvan Learning College Prep.

There are simple steps that families can take now that will help students ace their college entrance exams and develop the college readiness skills needed for lifelong success. Sylvan Learning, the leading provider of tutoring to students of all ages and skill levels, offers simple tips for high school juniors.

In January/February, register for the SAT/ACT dates in March – May.

Prepare for the SAT/ACT by taking a practice test. Or, enroll in a SAT/ACT prep class.

Concentrate on doing your best in class and seek supplemental assistance when needed.

Meet with your guidance counselors to select college prep courses for your Senior Year.

Study and take any AP exams.

Take SAT Subject Tests for any AP classes.

Plan visits to colleges that are high on your interest list. Schedule campus tours and meetings with college staff.

Request applications from colleges. Confirm submission deadlines.

If planning on taking summer enrichment programs at local universities, obtain class registrations.

It is never too early – or too late – to begin preparing for college and lifelong economic success.

Sylvan Learning is a one-stop shop for navigating the college prep process by offering interactive tools that provide superior test preparation and programs teaching academic life skills needed for university classes.

Offered in small group settings, Sylvan’s SAT/ACT Prep classes are five to twelve weeks in length and focus on the exact skills needed to successfully answer test questions and successfully prepare for the SAT - and optional ACT - writing section. Additionally, Sylvan provides specialized instruction in specific subject areas such as College Prep Writing, Advanced Reading, High School Math and Study Skills.

Participating Sylvan Learning centers also offer free diagnostic SAT/ACT practice tests for students and parent seminars and resources including college planning guides. Attend a free, interactive seminar, “Test Stress: A Parent’s Real Guide to College Test Prep,” to obtain advice from leading college admissions experts that will help families develop an action plan to ensure your student is college ready. Contact your neighborhood Sylvan Learning for seminar details.

To obtain test-taking strategies that give students the confidence to raise their test scores, visit the “College Prep” section of or call 1-800-31-SUCCESS.

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