The Villages High School

Guidance

Welcome!

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: The next SAT is on December 2nd and the The next ACT is on December 9th.  Be sure you arrive at VHS with your photo ID and admission ticket.

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 requested by your students teacher.  Be sure to register for Academic A-Days 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.  

The Best Florida College Tour:  For more information on a 3 Day and 10 Day College Experience Tours please visit:  www.grandcollegetours.com or info@grandcollegetours.com

Freshman Classroom visit 11/15/17-Discover your future-College Board website: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers

                                               

If you need to schedule a parent/teacher conference please contact your students counselor to make an appointment:

All grades last names: A-F (+scholarship coordinator) Nicole Lake- nicole.lake@tvcs.org

All grades last names:G-M Merideth Brock- merideth.brock@tvcs.org

All grades last names:N-V Kara Cribley- kara.cribley@tvcs.org

All grades last names:W-Z (+testing coordinator) Jennifer Blake- Jennifer.Blake@tvcs.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 around 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 that ask you to 'self report' and your student can request one from their school counselor.

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.  Transcript request link for LSSC: http://www.lssc.edu/admissions/Pages/Transcripts.aspx

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.

Not sure where to start in the college process?  Visit this site for some help through the College Board! https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

 

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.  Please see your school counselor if you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver (2 per test). 

What’s the difference between SAT and ACT?

Test structure and timing:

The time you have to complete the SAT and ACT is roughly the same — 3 hours for the SAT versus 2 hours and 55 minutes for the ACT, without the essay section. The essay is optional, but it may be required by one of your choice schools, so be sure to check beforehand. The SAT provides 50 minutes for the essay, versus 40 minutes for the ACT’s essay portion.

The SAT is structured as follows:

  • Reading (65 minutes; 52 questions)
  • Writing (35 minutes; 44 questions)
  • Math – with a calculator (55 minutes; 58 questions)
  • Math – without a calculator (25 minutes; 20 questions)

The ACT, meanwhile, adds a Science section and divides the test like this:

  • English (45 minutes; 75 questions)
  • Math (60 minutes; 215 questions)
  • Reading Comprehension (35 minutes; 40 questions)
  • Science (35 minutes; 40 questions)

The biggest difference in the structure is the amount of time you get for each question. Do you work better under pressure, moving through material quickly and precisely without losing focus? If so, the ACT’s faster-paced sections might be a better choice. If, on the other hand, you prefer taking the time to consider and double-check your answers, the SAT might a better option for you.

The Test content

While the two tests are ultimately comparable in difficulty, there are subtle differences in content that test takers should be aware of.  

The writing section of the SAT and the English section of the ACT both test your grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure. However, when it comes to the reading sections, the SAT takes a “command of evidence” approach — which assesses the ability to analyze text and make effective use of evidence — whereas the ACT focuses more on extracting details.  

The math sections have more pronounced differences. Both tests cover arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, but the SAT also includes some data analysis. The SAT has 13 fill-in-the-blank questions, whereas the ACT is all multiple-choice. Lastly, the ACT permits the use of a calculator throughout, while the SAT only allows usage in certain sections. Since the ACT allows a calculator on all math questions, test takers are expected to answer questions more quickly.

When it comes to the essays, SAT takers will need to analyze a reading passage and explain the author’s point. ACT takers will be expected to read about an issue, review three different perspectives and then choose a stance to support.

The ACT’s critical thinking-centered science section has no separate equivalent on the SAT, delving into science-based readings with accompanying graphs, tables and research summaries, from which test-takers are expected to draw conclusions.

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 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/

PERT

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:

Sophomores will be tested in February who have a 3.00 unweighted GPA and take the PERT exam.  The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary 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.

Juniors will also take the PERT exam in February, regardless of GPA.  This will help for placement of coursework in Senior year and allow another opportunity to take Dual Enrollment courses.  The PERT is given a number of times at VHS but students can also take the exam at The College of Central Florida in Ocala.  *Students are not allowed to take the PERT at LSSC.  

For more informaiton about the Dual Enrollment program at VHS please contact Francine Costa or email her with your questions- CostaF@LSSC.edu.

COLLEGE/CAREER RESOURCES:

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:

If you are in need of tutoring, the guidance office can help set up a student tutor through the National Honor Society. Please contact your counselor for more information.

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 Files

Community 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


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