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Junior year

This is it, arguably the most important year of your student’s high school education. Junior year can be very busy, with tests, college visits and lots of things to think about, so we’ve added a quick guide to the key things you need to think about at this crucial time.


  1. Sign your student up for the ACT or SAT test. Many students take either test multiple times to ensure they attain their best performance for college admission and scholarships. Check out our handy guides to the ACT and SAT tests.
  2. Discuss your child's interests. This may help them choose a major later.
  3. Encourage your student to try job-shadowing or an internship in their areas of interest. These look great on college resumés.
  4. Work with your student to create a shortlist of potential colleges. Here’s a quick guide to making a college shortlist
  5. Start visiting colleges to see which ones may be a good fit for your student. Check out our list of key questions to ask on campus visits
  6. Check out the scholarships available at different colleges. These could make a huge difference on the net tuition cost payable for your student’s education. For example, Columbia College offers a range of automatic scholarships that are awarded to students with certain ACT scores and high school GPAs.


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