sophomore checklist

High School Sophomore Checklist

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Getting a head start on your college preparations during your sophomore year is a wise move, and this high school sophomore checklist is here to guide you. Here are several essential steps you can begin taking this year to pave the way for a successful future.

  1. Talk to your school counselor. Your counselor can talk to you about the courses you are currently taking and the courses you should take your junior and senior year.
  2. Sit down with your parents/guardians and gain an estimate of your financial aid using
  3. Consider registering to take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) Test. This test will prepare you for the SAT. You can also take the ACT Plan (pre-ACT) Test. You will need to take these tests in the 11th grade in order to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program. Taking these tests now will prepare you when you take the ACT/SAT tests in the future.
  4. Attend college fairs in your area. If you have a local community college, check to see if they host a college fair.
  5. Learn about careers and their occupational outlook. Research what career you may be interested in — this will help you when selecting a major and a college. Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook for your research.
  6. Enroll in extra curriculum activities. This will assist your college applications in the future. Also, over the summer consider volunteering for a good cause.
  7. Start looking at schools to apply too. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation created a useful resource to quickly lookup facts about any college on the College Completion website.
  8. Continue doing your best in school!

In conclusion, this checklist is your roadmap for a successful sophomore year as you embark on your path to college. By proactively following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for the next stages of your educational journey. If you have not done so yet, be sure to take our free career test and keep up the great work!

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