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Reading Resources: Featured Pick

NEW IN 2014! Get Connected for College: The Savvy Student's Guide to College Prep

by Beverly Gillen (2014)

Will You Be Ready For College? Preparing for college admission can be an overwhelming process but you’re not alone. Get Connected for College was written as a resource just for you – busy students and their even busier parents who want the inside scoop on planning for college.

Students today are more time crunched than ever before and without intentional effort, it’s easy to graduate without having the critical skills needed to survive dorm life. Invest in your independence by mastering the Top 100 College Competencies and you will be confident on campus in no time. Parents will love this handy resource that connects all the college prep pieces together. Instead of spending sleepless nights worrying that you missed an important milestone, readers of Get Connected for College can relax and enjoy the college prep journey.

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Campus Collections College Scorecard

It's exciting and a little intimidating to go on your first college visit. We've put together some tools to make this process easier so you can relax and focus on what's most important - finding a college that's the right fit for you!

College Scorecard PDF file


Spotlight on Scholarships

Scholarships are a great way to supplement your college financing.  There are thousands of opportunities – merit competitions that reward good grades or community service, programs based on financial need, essay contests, local and national competitions. Increase your chances of winning by using a free search site like School Soup to narrow down the list to a manageable few that are the best match for your interests and experiences.  

Experts caution students never to pay for scholarships.  Reputable awards should only require your time and effort to fill out the application.

Fun Scholarship! Duck Brand Tape "Stuck at Prom"

Participants must attend a school prom wearing complete prom attire made using Duck Brand Duct Tape.  They must describe in 1000 characters or less how they created their prom night outfits and how many hours they spent.  Winner is awarded a $5000 scholarship and $5000 for the school.  More details at www.duckbrand.com 


Feel good about helping and gain valuable experience that you can draw on at college application time.  Anyone can volunteer and we've put together a list of ideas to spark your interest. You can do it - get started today!

Do Something
Do Something believes teenagers and young people everywhere can improve their communities. It is their aim to inspire, empower and celebrate a generation doers: young people who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.  www.dosomething.org 

United Way 
United Way Caring Connection matches people to volunteer projects with United Way community partners across the nine-county metro area. Caring Connection volunteers help these nonprofits achieve their missions and make a lasting difference in our community. www.unitedwaytwincities.org

Standard Test Information

What is the ACT Test? Many colleges require or recommend that students submit test results as part of the admission application process. The ACT is one of two national tests. The ACT includes multiple-choice tests in four subject areas—English, mathematics, reading, and science. The tests measure students' current levels of educational development in these subjects. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay.  www.actstudent.org

Check out practice ACT questions: www.actstudent.org/sampletest/index.html

What is the SAT Test?

Some colleges recommend and others require SAT Subject Tests for admission or course placement. While some schools will ask you to take tests on specific subjects, other schools will let you choose. Colleges that don’t require SAT Subject Tests may also review your Subject Test scores to get more insight into your interests and skills.  www.collegeboard.org

Take a free practice SAT Test at www.sat.collegeboard.com/practice


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