Congratulations! You’ve achieved your goal score on the SAT or ACT! Now what do you do? First take a moment to relax and celebrate. Then, it is time to move on to college applications.
If you chose to send your scores to schools, they are already on their way. You don’t need to request anything else to transmit your scores. If you didn’t choose schools, or would like to apply to a school that you didn’t send results to, you will need request that these scores are sent. Do this as soon as possible so you don’t wait until the last minute and accidentally miss a deadline.
Keep Track of Deadlines
With your scores on their way to your college of choice, it is time to start your applications. Be sure to write deadlines in your calendar and circle them in bold! Start with asking for recommendations. You will need to give teachers, coaches, bosses and others plenty of time to complete and send in your recommendation. Don’t count on anyone being able to complete a recommendation last minute.
Start Your Essay
The sooner you start on your essays, the more time you will have to perfect them before they are due. Make sure you allow plenty of time for friends and family to proof your essays for you. When you get input, you are sure to have a stellar essay.
Don’t Miss the Details
Read through all of the details of the application. Make sure you have accounted for all the necessary components. You don’t want to be turned away because you overlooked some part of the application. Applications are often due in the winter of your senior year. The sooner you can start working on them, the less stress you will feel during the first semester of your senior year. As much as you may want to slack off, remember grades still count. Some institutions may request your final transcript. Others may base merit scholarships and grants on your final transcript. Even though you are done with entrance exams, don’t let senioritis interfere with your chance at money for college.