College Readiness

Important info to prepare for life after CCA:

~ High School & Beyond

~ 4-Year College Prep Checklist and college-bound planning links

~ PSAT, ACT and SAT Tests

~ Applying to College, FAFSA and Scholarships

HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND

Students, parents and guardians are encouraged to begin thinking about post-high school plans beginning in middle school. CCA's class, High School & Beyond, provides students in grades 7 though 12 with career and college exploration opportunities. Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLR) are evaluated through an accumulated portfolio. Students give a presentation to staff and parents at the end of their eighth grade and senior years.

Contact Julie Savino for more information about College Readiness at CCA.

4-YEAR COLLEGE PREP CHECKLIST AND PLANNING LINKS

4-Year College Prep Checklist.pdf

PSAT, ACT AND SAT TESTS

CCA is a standardized testing center and proctors the PSAT, ACT and SAT tests. CCA is certified to test on Sundays (versus the traditional Saturday testing days) to accommodate faith-based testing needs. The scheduled dates for all tests are included on the CCA Calendar.

The PSAT test

is used to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT test. Students in grades 8 though 11 take the PSAT. The PSAT 8/9 is a pressure-free way to start thinking about college & careers for students in 8th and 9th grades. Students in 10th and 11th grade take the new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT.

The ACT test

is a college-readiness assessment standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. Students may sign up online for the ACT test at http://act.org/.

  • CCA's test center code is 188001.
  • CCA's high school code is 481532.

The SAT test

is a knowledge and skills college-readiness test, widely used for college admissions in the United States. First-time Sunday SAT test-takers must register by mail using a Student Registration Booklet which is available from Julie Savino. For subsequent tests, Sunday test-takers may register online at https://www.collegeboard.org/.

  • CCA's test center code is 48266.
  • CCA's high school code is 481532.

The ACT or the SAT? or both? Should I take the tests more than once?

Students and parents/guardians should research carefully which test is accepted or preferred at the universities and colleges to which they are applying; many accept both tests. Students may take the ACT up to 12 times and the SAT as many times as they want! It is recommended that students take each exam on back-to-back test dates and then later determine if they want to take the test again. Students generally take the tests two to four times; typically for the first time in their junior year, and the final time in their senior year. Students often do better on later tests and are evaluated based on their best scores.

For more information, please email Julie Savino or call (509) 662-2723 ext 23.

COLLEGE BOUND!

Applying to College:

Apply at www.adventistcolleges.org to all U.S. Adventist colleges and the application fee is waived (for up to three Adventist colleges).

Apply at http://www.commonapp.org/ to more than 700 colleges and universities around the world.

FAFSA:

This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is required to qualify for financial aid at most universities and colleges. The FAFSA is completed online and provides students with access to funds to get help with paying for college.

The FAFSA may be completed as early as October 1 of the year prior to enrolling in college. The earlier the FAFSA is completed, the better a student's chances to receive the maximum assistance. For information go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/.


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