As we near the midpoint of the semester, we want to remind you of some important information from Student Services! Seniors should be working on their college applications at this time for four year colleges/universities. Below is the PDF from our Senior Parent night on Sept. 19th.
College Entrance exams: SAT will be given on October 7th and the ACT will be given on October 28th- Please come with your admission ticket, photo ID (State ID or current school year photo ID), pencil and calculator. Students need to arrive to VHS by 7:30am for check in.
The PSAT will be given on Wednesday October 25th for all 10th graders. There is no make-up day for this exam so be sure your student is present that day. If a 9th or 11th grader wishes to take the PSAT (11th graders will need to take this PSAT if they plan to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship), they can pay a small fee of $20.00 (fee waivers are available for 11th graders). Students need to sign up in student services any pay their fee by October 6th.
Financial Aid/FAFSA Night- November 8th at 6:00pm in the VHS Cafeteria-Senior parents are encouraged to attend and underclassmen parents are welcomed to the event.
Parent/teacher conferences are to be scheduled by your student’s counselor. If your student is struggling remember we have Academic A-Days on select Saturdays for extra help and mandatory tutoring. Be sure to register under ‘Activities’ on the TVCS website. We are happy to help so please give us a call or email for any questions or concerns!
SENIORS: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an important part of getting money for college. The application opens early and it will continue to open on October 1st. What this means is that you will want to get a jump start by creating your FSA ID which prepares you for the FAFSA. Below are some great tutorials from the Federal Student Aid Department that are found on YouTube. Consider these links when you are ready to start your financial aid applications.
If you need to schedule a parent/teacher conference please contact your students counselor to make an appointment:
Nicole Lake- firstname.lastname@example.org
Merideth Brock- email@example.com
Kara Cribley- firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming SAT/ACT Testing
STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR ADMISSION TICKET AND PHOTO ID IN ORDER TO TEST!!!
SAT Testing dates 2017-2018: August 26th, October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd, March 10th, May 5th, June 2nd*. Please register to test: www.sat.collegeboard.org
ACT Testing dates 2017-2018: September 9th*, October 28th, December 9th, February 10th, April 14th, June 9th*, July 14th.*. Please register to test: www.actstudent.org
*The SAT & ACT will NOT be at VHS- but it is still a national test day
Parents of Seniors who are applying to universities/colleges:
If your student wants to attend a 4-year institution right after high school, priority deadlines for most of the universities are November 1st. If your student has missed this deadline, please have them talk to their school counselor because various schools accept late applications. A transcript is usually required to fill out the applications and your student can request one from Guidance.
The student is responsible for sending SAT/ACT scores to the colleges/universites.
*If you are a Dual Enrollment Student: Please make sure you contact Lake Sumter State College for your transcript with your Dual Enrollment classes on it. This must be sent as you apply to universitites/colleges.
All students have been registered on the Florida Student Financial Aid website (Bright Futures) in January. Each student has their own unique username and pin they can use to access the site. http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm
Khan Academy: The link below has resources to help students and parents navigate this challenging college process. These resources include video interviews and conversations with successful students from all walks of life and admissions officers and counselors at some of the nation's top schools.
ACT/SAT- College Entrance Testing:
Current Juniors and Seniors should be taking the SAT and ACT. Registration is done online at www.sat.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org and more information is available in Guidance. Please see your school counselor if you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver (2 per test).
ACT Basic Info:
Answer EVERY question during the allowed time for that section
Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly -- There is NO penalty for guessing
Composite score range from 1 (low) - 36 (high)
4 sections plus optional writing section (if you sign up for it)
English, Mathematics, Reading, Science .. then writing optional at the end
SAT Basic Info:
Are there resources to help me prepare for the redesigned SAT? The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. Please visit this site for free services that will provide personalized practice pathways to help pinpoint areas where you need to improve, full-length practice tests, and practice materials that are available to print! https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
What is different about the NEW SAT?
- The redesigned SAT will consist of 2 sections (evidence-based reading & writing as well as math) with an optional essay.
- The score scale will range from 400 to 1600 with the essay being scored separately.
- The total test time is now 3 hours (+50 minutes with the essay). There is NO penalty for guessing on the redesigned SAT.
- In the redesigned SAT’s Math Test, students are asked to respond to multistep problems that are presented in real-life contexts like those they will encounter in college and in their careers.
- In the redesigned SAT, students are also being asked to analyze and synthesize both words and numbers and to find inconsistencies in the information they convey.
- For a more in-depth look at the kinds of questions that will be on the redesigned SAT please visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org
- Please see PDF file below for the NEW SAT testing specifications
Remember: These scores (ACT/SAT) are needed to be eligible for Bright Futures and for consideration by the Buffalo Scholarship Foundation!
SAT/ACT High School Code/CEEB Code: 101833
SAT Test Center Site Code: 10381
ACT Test Center Site Code: 243870
Test Prep: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat- for the NEW SAT!
Test Prep: www.prepfactory.com - great prep for either SAT or ACT, create an account, complete learning games, etc.
Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/sat/ and www.khanacademy.org - click on top banner for SAT practice
Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/act/
The Post secondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Post secondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.
How to become eligible for the Dual Enrollment Program:
Juniors and Seniors must have a 3.00 unweighted GPA and take the PERT exam. Students who score 106 or better on Reading and 103 or better on Writing portions of the PERT may be eligible for the English dual enrollment classes taught at VHS.
Freshman who have completed Algebra II, score 123 or better on the Math and a 106 or better on the Reading portion of PERT may be eligible for the math dual enrollment classes taught at VHS as a Sophomore. This is the ONLY dual enrollment class a Sophomore can take.
Students who are eligible for the English dual enrollment classes and Math dual enrollment classes may also be eligible for Science dual enrollment classes.
ASVAB Practice Test: http://asvabpracticetestonline.com/
State University System of Florida: http://flbog.org/
College & Career search: www.flvc.org
Private Colleges/Universities of Florida: http://www.pcuf.net/
College Athletics information (Junior year): www.eligibilitycenter.org
Career Planning information including earning power: http://beyondeducation.org
College planning tips for Juniors: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/juniortips.htm
College planning tips for Seniors: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/seniorcalendar.htm
College Price Planning tool for Seniors: www.pell.collegeabacus.org
College Searching: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
United States Department of Labor 'Bureau of Labor Statistics': http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm
TEST HELP RESOURCES:
Homework/test help for Math, Science & English: http://brightstorm.com/
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Varsity Tutors ACT: https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-act-resources
Varsity Tutors SAT: https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-resources
PDF FilesCommunity Resources - List of resources in the community
Demonstration of Mastery - Updated 1.6.16
FAFSA Guide - How to complete the FAFSA
FLVS registration directions - How to register for a FLVS course
New SAT testing specifications - Information on the NEW SAT-practice test questions
New VHS Academies for 2017-2018 - Agriscience and Construction Management
Program of Studies 2017-2018 - Courses offered at VHS
Senior Parent Night 9-19-17 - Powerpoint of the college application process