January 2022

PSAT Results

PSAT results are available online at www.collegeboard.com. Please see your counselor if you are not able to access your results or if you have questions about them.

CollegeBoard offers the following resources and more! Click here to go to the PSAT information page.

  • How to Access Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores – watch a video to learn how to access your scores.
  • Video Tour of the PSAT/NMSQT Score Report – a helpful overview of your score report and how to interpret and use it.
  • Practice for the SAT Using Your PSAT/NMSQT – Join Khan Academy to get personalized help with SAT practice based on your PSAT results.
  • Discover your AP Potential – Explore the possibility of taking an AP class based on the list generated by your performance on the PSAT and SAT.
  • College and Career Planning – Create a plan for your future based on your scores and interests.
  • Explore Scholarships – Find scholarships and financial aid to help you pay for college.

SAT Information

The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.

SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:

Test Date                             Registration Deadline

March 12, 2022                    February 11, 2022

May 7, 2022                         April 8, 2022

June 4, 2022                        May 5, 2022

There are many resources available to help you prepare for the SAT. Follow the link, SAT Prep Resources, to check out current options available locally.

Any sophomore or junior in learning support who has not been to the guidance office to request the paperwork for SAT accommodations should do so as soon as possible. The process with the College Board can take as long as 8 to 12 weeks. Current educational testing is a requirement for the accommodation request to be approved. It is recommended that educational testing be no more than 3 years old for college services.

College Applications

Seniors applying to college, remember to add all colleges you are applying to on your SCOIR account. The Guidance office uses SCOIR to send all supporting documentation to these colleges.  All letters of recommendations need to be requested through SCOIR as well.  Mid-year grade reports will be sent in February through SCOIR. Please contact Mr. Kabakjian if you have any questions.

Financial Aid and College Planning Information

Need Cash for College? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for scholarships! This link will take you to a comprehensive Scholarship List with more information on the Guidance Office page of our school’s website. It includes college scholarships and scholarships available to the public.

A good resource for scholarships is the college you plan to attend.  Ask your college admissions counselor what scholarships you qualify for. Research the college site and actively look for information relating to scholarships. The college financial aid office is also a good place to obtain information.

Funding Higher Education

Parents of seniors, it is time to start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process. It is essential that you fill out this form for your student to qualify for need-based loans, grants, and scholarships. We highly recommend that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible, as college deadlines are often in February or March.  The electronic version can be found here. You may request a paper copy of the FAFSA by calling: 1-800-433-3243.

This website gives comprehensive details about federal student aid programs. www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide.

We also recommend you visit www.pheaa.org to learn more about The Pennsylvania State Grant Program.

Students with a Disability
According to Clark in U.S. News 2010, there are 8 steps for a child with disabilities to use to prepare for college.  Along with diligence, creativity, and resilience, the student should:

  1.  Prepare early by taking college prep classes
    1. Study strategies
    2. Test-taking
    3. Time management
  2. Have knowledge of technology
    1. As simple as spell check to diction pens
    2. Screen readers
    3. Diction software
  3. Be creative (If a student struggles with taking a foreign language, perhaps sign language could work.)
  4. Take charge
    1. Advocate for self
    2. Be prepared to know what to ask for
  5. Research college options
  6. Formal documentation should be 3 years old or less – Plan ahead!
  7. Focus on the positive
  8. Consider extra help- this may be included in the college tuition or it may be an added cost.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Post-Secondary Education: Know your Risks and Responsibilities: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html