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College Counseling Updates 9/22

Class of 2023

Please see the College Representative Visits Calendar located in SCOIR. These meetings are for students only. The rules for attending are as follows: 

  • Seniors and PGs may miss class but not a quiz, test, or lab.
  • Please notify your college counselor of your intention to attend so we can communicate with the representative.
  • Juniors are encouraged to attend during a free period. They may not miss class.

Counselors will be meeting with students over the coming weeks to discuss their admission plans and any changes to their college lists.

Interested in spending a gap year studying in the UK? The English-Speaking Union is proud to announce applications are being accepted for the 2023-2024 ESU Secondary School Exchange Scholarship. Completed applications are due Friday, November 18, 2022. 

Testing

Although the majority of colleges have waived requirements for applicants to submit standardized testing results (SAT or ACT) for this admission cycle, we understand that many students want the option to take them if their test scores might bolster their applications, if athletic recruiting will require them, or if they will help in applying for merit scholarships. 

Following are the test options we are recommending. These tests will be administered at AOF:

  • October 1: SAT Late registrations are being accepted through September 20th.
  • Oct. 22: ACT Your son will need to register with his account by September 16th with late registration accepted through September 30th. This test will be administered at AOF.  
  • November 5: SAT Your son will need to register by October 7th with late registrations accepted through October 25th. 
  • December 3: SAT Your son will need to register by November 3rd with late registrations accepted through November 22nd. 
  • December 10: ACT Your son will need to register with his account by November 4th with late registration accepted through November 11th. This test will be administered at AOF. 

Please contact Marie Delnicki for information regarding extended time and testing requests.

Have questions? We can help! Contact your child’s College Counselor. 

Understanding the context of testing for the 2022-2023 application cycle

Currently, the vast majority of four-year colleges in the US will be “test-optional” for 2022-2023 applicants. The policies vary widely, from colleges who “strongly encourage but do not require” students to submit scores to colleges who will not use scores at all in their evaluation of applicants for admission. In the most prevalent plans, choosing to submit or not to submit scores will neither advantage nor disadvantage the applicant. Students have the option of submitting test scores if they feel they will bolster their applications, and those who choose not to submit scores will have their applications receive full consideration. However, it is important to read the information that the college publishes on its website regarding standardized testing. If you have questions, please contact your son’s college counselor.


 

Class of 2024 

We will assign your son his college counselor in December and start our individual meetings in January.

Testing

Although the pandemic has disrupted testing policies, we understand that many students want the option to take standardized tests if their scores might bolster their applications, if athletic recruiting will require them, or if they will help in applying for merit scholarships. 

We have already registered all of the 11th grade to take the PSAT on Wed. October 12th. 

We also recommend that 11th graders take the SAT and the ACT in December. 11th grade students should plan to take the SAT on December 3rd and the ACT on December 10th in order to learn which test platform reflects their abilities better and to establish a testing baseline. Please see the instructions on how to register for each test here. This information will be important to help us develop a testing plan for each student when the outlines of the next admission cycle become clearer and we begin individual conferences in January.