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What will it take for your senior year to be the best year you’ve ever had? What will it take for you to be able to look back one day and say, “There is nothing I would change?” Have you taken every road and know that you are heading in the right direction? How easy will it be for you to answer these questions? For some, you may have already found the answer; for others, your senior year will be the year to make one of the most important decisions you’ve ever had to make. Your senior year will be a year of exploration and lifechanging events. Every decision you make will affect the course. Make the best of all that surrounds you: the extracurricular opportunities, your academic plans, your parents, friends, pastor, and teachers. Find time to explore resources made available to you. In the process, you may tap in to a hidden passion or calling. It is my hope that you will be able to make final college choices with confidence knowing that you have researched every option. You are at an exciting time in your life. Moving mountains will be minor compared to some of the great things you will do. Good luck always as you represent the upcoming classes of All Saints. May success greet you at every opportunity. In His Love,

So be sure when you step Step with care and great tact And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! Kid, you’ll move mountains. ~ Dr. Seuss from Oh, The Places You’ll Go

unexpected advice

Jacob Neusner, How to Grade Professors and Other Unexpected Advice

You are what you are, and you are not greater if you get into your first choice school or less if you don’t. You will make the best of

Life’s opportunities and your own gifts --- if you

Believe in yourself. Have confidence in yourself and

Respect yourself, you will not be defeated by disappointment.

Greatness comes from within.

Achievement is what you do, not what other people say. Lives of worth and

Service take shape in every kind of circumstance. We are what we do, and not what people say about us. If you are disappointed, pick up your life and go on. You will be better for it.


contents Calendar 6

What should you be doing now? A calendar of events for juniors and seniors.

Ask the Officers 8

Answers to queries about college admissions

Information & Hints 9

In-house tips on the college admission process

Tips for Finding Your College Match 13 Information on finding a college that meets your needs, which type suits you best?

Preparing for College Early 16

Academic planning and course recommendations throughout high school, starting in the 8th grade

Meet the Tests 17

What about all those tests? Different test formats, test dates, test-taking tips: SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests, ACT, THEA

The Recommendation 24

Rules and etiquette for requesting a recommendation

The Essay 26

Tips for writing effective essays, examples, hints

The Visit 32

Campus visit 101: Reasons to go, things to look for

The Interview 35

Lasting first impressions: Tips and sample questions on how to interview for your spot in a college

Financial Aid & Scholarships 37

The search for scholarships and the FAFSA

NCAA Clearinghouse 40

Information for our college-bound athletes

What If’s.....


Helpful hints for when you get to college

Appendix 48 Sample 1. Sample 2. Sample 3. Sample 4. Table 1.

Student résumé Athletic résumé Acceptance letters Letters of regret SAT / ACT Conversion Table

resources & contributors

college handbook, 2013-2014

upper school faculty & staff RandalBrown Head of School KyleEdgemon Head of Upper School JennyGlenn Dean of Students BrianMotto Director of Academic & College Advising KristinaWait Associate College Advisor PatriciaJacks Upper School Administrative Assistant BeckyBerry, History AngelaBillings, English SharonBirtcher, Science KristiBraley, Government, Debate KarlyChampion, English NickChampion, History JamesConner, Technology JerryCourtney, Science SuzanneDougherty, Math JenniferFerguson, Spanish LisaFlowers, Math JenniferFurr, Select Choir PadrahGatewood, French JennyGlenn, Science KJGlenn, Math DebbieHitt, English TomMarsh, History KimberleeMartinRoss, Theater BillMontana, Science ThomasMorris, Theology AllisonMotto, Economics, Technology, Yearbook DebraAnnParham, Math KathleenPartain, Math VickyPerry, Spanish DebraRobbins, Science WillRoss, Band GeraldRoulette, Art DeliaSmith, Sculpture KimberSpinks, History AshleyWilson, English



Winning the Hearts of the College Admissions Dean, JoyceMitchell

ArleneIngram, Cape Henry Collegiate School

Making It Into a Top College, Howard Greene & Matthew Greene

RuthPearlstein, West Potomac High School

College Admissions Trade Secrets: A Top Private College Counselor Reveals the Secrets, Lies, and Tricks of the College Admissions Process, Allen Greene

FredHargadon, Princeton University

College Handbook 2006, College Board Acing the College Application: How to Maximize Your Chances for Admission to the College of Your Choice, Michele Hernandez


11th checklist september

[] Concentrate on doing well in classes. College admission officers weigh junior and senior grades heavily. [] Begin preparing for the PSAT, SAT’s and ACT. [] Attend college fairs. [] Continue building portfolios and resumes. [] Meet with college admissions officers during their visits to All Saints.



[] PSAT scores arrive. Attend small group sessions with counselor for score interpretation. [] Attend Home for the Holidays assembly with ASES alumni. [] Attend College Night workshop.

february [] Begin scheduling courses for senior year and discussion of college search. [] Register for the ACT.

[] Take the PSAT.



[] Arrange college visits during Spring Break. [] Register for SAT Subject Tests. Be sure to check admission requirements for universities to which you will be applying.

[] Begin to think about preferences in colleges such as location, size, emphasis, etc. and narrow down interests. [] Attend TJC College Fair [] The Really Big Tour of Colleges: Junior Trip. [] Mark SAT & ACT deadlines in calendar. Take the SAT in Jan, ACT in April.

december [] Continue building resumes. [] Register for the SAT.



[] Register for AP Exams. [] Explore summer options for work or enrichment / educational programs.

may [] Take the AP exams. [] Update resume with this year’s extracurricular activities, awards earned and any special honors. [] Three college essays due.

june [] Visit college campuses. [] Participate in service projects, summer jobs, summer programs.

july [] Set up a filing system for college materials. [] AP scores sent to students.


12th checklist september


[] Narrow your college list. [] Continue requesting needed applications and admissions information. [] Register to retake SAT/ACT. [] Update your portfolio with new info from summer. [] Begin asking teachers, counselors, and employees for letters of recommendation. [] Plan to take the SAT Subject Tests while course material is still fresh in your mind. Be sure to check with admissions requirements for each university on subject test requirements (if any).

[] Attend Home For the Holidays, an info session for juniors and seniors on college life. [] Submit the FAFSA Application. Keep copies of all forms. [] If your university requires mid-year reports, give these forms to Mrs. Vuong ASAP.



[] Take the SAT or ACT. [] Contact your choice colleges to set up an interview, if recommended by the college. [] Attend Evening Application Workshop.

november [] Take the SAT or ACT. [] Attend TJC College Fair.

december [] Finalize college applications. [] Take the SAT or ACT again if you are dissatisfied with your scores. [] Visit Look over the PDF version to determine the information you may need to gather to complete this application. Do not submit this application before January 1. [] Apply for outside funding or scholarship. [] All applications need to be completed by the end of this month.


february [] Midyear reports due. [] Register for the AP Exams.

[] Take a breather… Enjoy Spring Break. PHEW!!!!!

april [] Watch mail for college acceptance and financial aid award letters. [] Once you have made your college choice, be sure to decline offers from other colleges. [] Watch for important deadlines for housing and financial aid applications. [] Tea for senior moms. [] Senior exit interviews.

may [] Take the THEA if you will attend a public Texas university. [] May 1st is the deadline to notify colleges of your decision. [] If you were “wait-listed” by a college and intend to enroll if accepted, call, visit, or write to the admissions director to see how to strengthen your application. [] Take AP exams. [] Request final transcripts to be sent to your college of choice. [] GRADUATION!




What do you look for in an application? The high school transcript—that’s the most important factor. We’re looking at the level of courses, and for grades in the courses… We’re seeking students who want to be challenged--- that’s why they’re enrolled in Honors and AP courses in high school. ~D. Barber, Winthrop University What makes an application stand out? Sometimes, truly genuine, poignant essays stand out…they give you the sense of students who are thoughtful about themselves and the world. Essays like that make someone want to know you. Or a recommendation….if a teacher is excited about teaching a student, you’d like that student in your classrooms, too. ~M. Hill, Colgate University Test scores vs. grades: Which matters most? High school performance. But test scores help us…each school system determines its [grade-point] scale. In some districts a 90 is an A average; in others it’s a B. What standardized tests provide for us is a standardized measurement. A 1000 on the SAT is a 1000 on the SAT. ~D. Barber, Winthrop University

Why do extracurricular activities matter so much… or do they? College is a total experience; it’s not just what happens in the classroom. Learning is going to take place in the residence halls through discussion kids have late at night with their friends, or as they work on the student newspaper and practice in the football field…So when we look at an applicant we do ask, “How is this student going to contribute to our community? ~R. Oto, University of Minnesota Not everybody’s going to be captain, or all-state, or a star in everything they do. But pursuing some interest and having found your passion in some areas is what we want to see. Students who have developed a passion know the value of making a time commitment, of persevering and investing themselves in the pursuit of a goal. It’s [these] students who are more likely to invest themselves in their studies and community involvement in college. ~M. Hill, Colgate University

And do remember…. Students shouldn’t sell themselves short in terms of finding a college for their future. You can’t make it with just a high school education any longer. If you don’t know how to get in, call a local institution. That’s our job--- to help students with their set goals. ~M. Garcia-Bowen, CN State This juncture in your life only comes once; do research and approach each college option with careful thought and a discerning eye. Needless to say, the decision you make this year will change the course of your life. ~T. Vuong, ASES

The University of Oklahoma


information & hints


School Information:

Counselor’s Information:

All Saints Episcopal School 2695 S SW Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701

Brian Motto Director of Academic & College Advising Phone: 903.579.6072 Fax: 903.579.6064 E-Mail:

CEEB Code: 447-116 (Commit this number to memory.) COLLEGE DEADLINES




Mark all deadlines in your phone, in a planner, or post deadlines in a visible location. There is no such thing as a deadline extension when it comes to college applications. All college applications should be completed and turned in to Mr. Motto no later than December of your senior year. This includes all essays and teacher recommendations.


Be sure to set up an appointment with Mr. Motto by mid-September. We will use this time to look over your college list and mark deadlines on a school calendar. Before meeting with Mr. Motto, be sure to update your resume with new information, up to and including all projected senior year activities. Include all trips and summer programs.


Make sure you take the SAT and ACT during the spring semester of your junior year and then retake either the SAT or the ACT again early your senior year. Registration information is available in the Advising Office, or you can register on-line at or Scores may need to be sent to colleges as early as November, so plan ahead. At All Saints, we require you to take both SAT and ACT with Writing during the spring of your junior year. After you receive both sets of scores, a conference will be held to determine which test will best fit your strengths for the universities to which you will apply. Please refer to recommended testing calendar on page 17 of this handbook.







Do not submit any application until Mr. Motto has proofed the application questions with you.


Approach applications individually, completing one at a time, treating each college as your first choice school.


If your application requires an essay, always have your English teacher and Mr. Motto proofread it. Always type your document and upload when available.


Consider creating color-coded files, one for each college, as a way to organize the enormous amount of material you will receive. Many students have found this organizational tool invaluable in the past. File a copy of everything you send to colleges.


Generally, think in terms of including no more than six to eight colleges on your list; one to two “reach” schools, three to four possible “solid shot” schools, and two probable or “back-up” schools. All schools chosen should be ones that you would be happy to attend.


Contact teachers who will be writing recommendations for you well before the deadline for submitting the application to the Advising Office (at least 30 or more days before the application deadline). Some teachers will be asked to write multiple recommendations so they must be given ample time to each student. In addition to your unending thanks, you should provide those writing your recommendations with a résumé and a copy of your transcript. Pick up a Recommendation Request Form in the Academic & College Advising Office before asking your teachers for a recommendation.

10. If you are submitting an application using the National Common Application: a. Be sure to promptly submit any supplemental forms required by a college. b. Please note that the essay uploaded to the main application will be seen by all colleges. Ensure that a university name is not listed in this essay. 11. On both teacher recommendation forms and the Secondary School Report, you will see a section stating your rights under the Buckley Amendment. Under this amendment you have the right to review your educational record if you enroll at a given university. You also have the option to waive your right of access to specific recommendations.

Consider waiving your rights of access. By waiving your rights, you tell your

recommender that you trust them to write a positive recommendation. Furthermore, if you do not waive your right, you leave yourself open to the suspicion that you are trying to prevent the recommender from being honest. Remember that when you sign, you are only waiving your right of access to specific recommendations; you retain access to the rest of your file.




12. When listing your activities on your application, be sure to arrange them in order of importance to you. Either you can avoid chronology altogether and arrange all your high school activities in order of importance, or you can begin with senior year, listing all activities in order of importance, and proceed down the chronological line from there. Traditionally, student government, sports, school publications, and community service have been considered “important” activities; however, importance is by no means confined to these areas. In general, colleges are looking for leadership, commitment and longevity, talent, accomplishment, and maturity. A job or significant responsibility at home would qualify as an important activity; so too would any recognized work in the arts. Remember that colleges look for that “spark” in a candidate. 13. As the application postmark date approaches, call the university to check on the status of your application. This is a good opportunity for you to personally hear from them if all required parts of your application are complete and ready for review. 14. If you are applying Early Action / Early Decision, once you have been accepted, you must notify the other schools to which you have submitted an application and ask that your application be withdrawn. 15. Meet with Mr. Motto to send envelopes to colleges that include items such as your résumé, transcript, and recommendation letters.

16. Please do not hesitate to ask Mr. Motto any question that you may have throughout this lengthy and important process. Please notify her once you have been accepted to any college. We will start a senior survey of information in the spring. Your part of the application is the one representation of you generated by you; do the very best job possible.


The Final Check This College Application Checklist needs to be attached to every completed application you turn in to Mr. Motto. This checklist will help both of us make certain that we have included all of your required materials for mailing. This form is also an official request to send your transcript to the college or university. Indicate application deadline here.

Indicate application type here.

Review application components (items 1 – 6) with Mr. Motto. The Secondary School Report can also be called the Counselor’s Recommendation Form. This form requests a school official (namely Mr. Motto) to mark your GPA and courses taken. Some schools do not require form. Do not Give anythis paper Mid-Year overlook this component. Reports to Mr. Motto with your completed application. Immediately after Christmas break, she will make sure that they are completed and sent in a timely manner. Any applications submitted on the National Common App will have mid-year reports submitted electronically.


TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR COLLEGE MATCH Characteristics You Should Consider Printed with permission by

How can you find colleges that match your needs? First, identify your priorities. Next, carefully research the characteristics of a range of schools. Finally, match the two. Here are some college characteristics you should consider.

Size of the Student Body

Size will affect many of your opportunities and experiences, including: range of academic majors offered, extracurricular possibilities, amount of personal attention you'll receive, number of books in the library. When considering size, be very sure to look beyond the raw number of students attending. For example, perhaps you're considering a small department within a large school. Investigate not just the number of faculty, but also how accessible faculty members are to students.


Do you want to visit home frequently, or do you see this as a time to experience a new part of the country? Perhaps you like an urban environment with access to museums, ethnic food, or major league ball games. Or maybe you hope for easy access to the outdoors or the serenity of a small town.

Academic Programs

If you know what you want to study, research reputations of academic departments by talking to people in the fields that interest you. If you're undecided, relax and pick an academically balanced institution that offers a range of majors and programs. Most colleges offer counseling to help you find a focus. In considering academic programs, look for special opportunities and pick a school that offers many possibilities.

Campus Life

Consider what your college life will be like beyond the classroom. Aim for a balance between academics, activities, and social life. Before choosing a college, learn the answers to these questions:

 What activities, athletics, and special interest groups are available?  Does the community around the college offer interesting outlets?  Are students welcomed by the community?  Is there an ethnic or religious group in which to take part?  How do fraternities and sororities influence campus life?  Is housing guaranteed? How are residence halls assigned?

Cost Today's college price tag makes cost an important consideration for most students. At the same time, virtually all colleges work to ensure that academically qualified students from every economic circumstance can find financial aid that allows them to attend. In considering cost, look beyond the price tag.

Diversity Explore what you might gain from a diverse student body. Think about the geographic, ethnic, racial, and religious diversity of the students as a means of learning more about the world. Investigate what kinds of student organizations or other groups with ethnic or religious foundations are active and visible on campus.

Retention and Graduation Rates

One of the best ways to measure a school's quality and the satisfaction of its students is to learn the percent of students who return after the first year and the percent of entering students who remain to graduate. Comparatively good retention and graduation rates are indicators that responsible academic, social, and financial support systems exist for most students.


TYPES OF COLLEGES Which Type Suits You Best? Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

What kind of college do you see yourself attending? Different types of colleges suit different types of people. Take a look at these descriptions to help you see where you fit.

Liberal Arts Colleges Liberal arts colleges offer a broad base of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Most are private and focus mainly on undergraduate students. Classes tend to be small and personal attention is available.


Generally, a university is bigger than a college and offers more majors and research facilities. Class size often reflects institutional size and some classes may be taught by graduate students.

Community or Junior Colleges Community colleges offer a degree after the completion of two years of full-time study. They frequently offer technical programs that prepare you for immediate entry into the job market.

Upper Division Upper-division schools offer the last two years of undergraduate study, usually in specialized programs leading to a bachelor's degree. You'd generally transfer to an upper-division college after completing an associate degree or after finishing a second year of study at a four-year college.

Agricultural, Technical, and Specialized Colleges Have you made a clear decision about what you want to do with your life? Specialized colleges emphasize preparation for specific careers. Examples include: art/music, Bible, business, health science, seminary / rabbinical, and teaching.

Public vs. Private On the one hand, public colleges are usually less expensive, particularly for in-state residents. They get most of their money from the state or local government. Private colleges rely on tuition, fees, endowments, and other private sources. On the other hand, private colleges are usually smaller and can offer more personalized attention (and some believe, more prestige).

Special Interests

 Single-Sex: All four-year public colleges and most private schools are coed. In terms of single-sex colleges, there are about 50 specifically for men and about 70 specifically for women. Some may enroll a few men or women.  Religiously-Affiliated Colleges: Some private colleges are affiliated with a religious faith. The affiliation may be historic only or it may affect day-to-day student life.  Historically-Black Colleges: Historically-black colleges find their origins in the time when AfricanAmerican students were systematically denied access to most other colleges and universities. These schools offer students a unique opportunity to experience an educational community in which they're part of the majority.  Hispanic-Serving Institutes: There are about 135 institutions designated by the federal government as "Hispanic serving". At these schools, Hispanic students comprise at least 25 percent of the total full-time undergraduate enrollment.

Bottom Line What's right for you depends on your situation and goals.


EARLY DECISION & EARLY ACTION What Are They, and Are They Right for You?

Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Have you noticed a new buzz word in your school hallways or counselor's office? "I'm applying early decision." "Will I be notified early?" Has all this early talk gotten you prematurely anxious about applying to colleges?

decided. Early action has now expanded to include Single Choice Early Action (SCEA), Restricted Early Action (REA), Early Action I (EA-I), and Early Action II (EA-II). If you are unsure about applying EA or ED, please speak with Mrs. Vuong.

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Should I Apply Under One of These Plans?

This clichĂŠ is the basic concept behind early decision and early action plans. Your "worm" is knowing in December whether or not you've been accepted at your first choice college. Then, hopefully, you can enjoy the rest of your senior year without stressing about getting into college. The "worm" for the colleges that offer these plans is locking in students early in the process who really want to go to the school.

Early Decision vs. Early Action

Early decision plans allow you to apply early (usually in November) and get an admission decision from the college well in advance of the usual notification date. But there is a catch. Early decision plans are "binding," meaning if you apply as an early decision candidate; you agree to attend the college if it accepts you and offers an adequate financial aid package. Although you can apply to only one college for early decision, you may apply to other colleges under regular admission or early action. If you're accepted by your first-choice college early, you must withdraw all other applications. Usually, colleges insist on a nonrefundable deposit well in advance of May 1. Early action plans are similar to early decision plans in that you can learn early in the admission cycle (usually in January or February) whether a college has accepted you. But unlike early decision, most early action plans are not binding, meaning you do NOT have to commit to a college to which you've applied for early action. Under these plans, you may apply to other colleges under regular admission plans, but some stipulate that you may not apply early (either early decision or early action) to other colleges. Usually, you can let the college know of your decision in the late spring or when you've

You should apply under an early decision or action plan only if you are very, very sure of the college you want to attend. These plans make a lot of sense if one college is your clear preference and if your profile closely matches that of the students at that college. Do not apply under an early decision or action plan if you plan to weigh offers and financial aid packages from several colleges later in the spring. Also, you shouldn't apply early if it is to your advantage to have more of your senior year work to show a college. If you plan to woo an admission office with your excellent grades this year, you may want to wait until after the semester ends to apply to colleges.

Who Offers Early Plans?

More than 400 colleges offer an early decision plan, an early action plan, or both. Go to each college’s website to get more information. Before applying to an early action and early decision plan, research all your options to decide which college is the right one for you. Does the college have everything you want in a school?

A Last Word of Advice

Get advice from your high school counselor and other trusted advisors before applying to a college as an early decision applicant. In the fall, it may seem appealing to get the college decision over with, but as your senior year progresses, you may find your academic and other goals changing. On the other hand, you may be very confident that you will thrive at a certain college. If so, you're the type of student for which early decision was created.


PREPARING FOR COLLEGE EARLY College admissions officers look for academic course rigor and depth when determining whether a student will be successful in a given university. The following is a list of recommended courses to take during your years of high school if you want to make yourself competitive with other students nationally. Update this plan yearly. Students should take classes that will challenge them appropriately. To find out exactly what’s required at the colleges you are considering, contact the proper admission office. COURSES 7th 8th ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS & READING (4 credits) English I English II English III English IV





[] Honors [] Honors [] AP [] AP

MATHEMATICS (3-4 credits) Algebra I Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus Statistics Calculus

[] Honors [] Honors [] Honors [] Honors [] Honors [] AP

SCIENCE (3-4 credits, some require at least 2 lab courses) Biology Chemistry Physics Other

[] Honors [] Honors [] AP

SOCIAL STUDIES (3-4 credits) World Hist I [] Honors World Hist II [] Honors US History [] AP Government & Economics

FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3-4 credits in the same language) Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

[] AP

TECHNOLOGY (1 credit) FINE ARTS (1 credit)

A note on electives: Colleges are looking for well-rounded students, or students who can do well

in core subjects and also excel in the areas of music, theatre, debate, athletics, school leadership, etc.. So when an opportunity allows you to venture into these other areas, take advantage of it and tap into your interests. 16


GRADES 9 – 12



English Biology with lab History Math Language


English Chemistry with lab History Math Language Computer Science Fine or Performing Arts


English Physics with lab History Math Language Electives

October PSAT

June SAT Subject Test in Biology

June SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

January/February SAT Reasoning Test and ACT April/May Retake SAT Reasoning Test and ACT May/June SAT Subject Tests in Physics, Math IC or IIC, Writing, US History AP Exams in English Language & Composition, US History, and other applicable AP courses

English Science Government / Economics Math Language Electives

October/December Retake either SAT Reasoning Test or ACT November/December/January SAT II Subject Tests in Foreign Language, Writing (if not taken in 11th), Literature, Math IIC (if not taken in 11th), Science April/May Take THEA or COMPASS for entrance to public state institutions. AP Exams in English Literature & Composition, Calculus AB, and other applicable AP courses

Taken from Making It Into a Top College: 10 Steps to Gaining Admission to Selective Colleges and Universities


MEET THE TESTS SAT reasoning / subject tests & ACT national test dates

2013 – 2014 september




9.21.13 ACT

10.5.13 SAT & SAT Subject Tests

11.2.13 SAT & SAT Subject Tests

12.7.13 SAT & SAT Subject Tests

10.26.13 ACT

12.14.13 ACT





1.25.14 SAT & SAT Subject Tests

2.8.14 ACT

3.8.14 SAT Only (no Subject Tests)

4.12.14 ACT





5.3.14 SAT & SAT Subject Tests

6.14.14 ACT 6.17.14 SAT & SAT Subject Tests

To register for these tests, please visit the following web sites: 

SAT or SAT Subject Tests: 


It is recommended that the student register up to two months in advance. Certain test dates fill quickly, requiring students to travel in order to test.


MEET THE TESTS Why do many colleges require SAT Reasoning Test or ACT test scores? This is a way to compare you with other students who are applying for admissions and with their currently enrolled students. It is a nationally standardized score, meaning that a student in Texas who scores 680 on the SAT Verbal is comparable to a student from North Carolina who earns the same score. While grades in high school are important, they do not mean the same thing. An “A” earned in the same course taught by different teachers at All Saints may not represent exactly the same amount of work, the same teaching, or the same level of learning. Likewise, an “A” earned in the same course but at Grace or at Robert E. Lee or different parts of the country may really not be the same. This is why standardized scores are useful. It places all student scores on the same playing field.

Which test should I take? Check the admissions catalog or the college/university web site to see which test scores are preferred when determining admissions. Most colleges leave it up to the applicant to decide; while other colleges specify either ACT or SAT Reasoning Test and in some instances, require additional SAT subject tests. If it is left up to you to decide, we recommend that you take both tests to see which one you prefer and which one you generally score higher on.

How do colleges use your scores? College Admissions Counselors don’t want you to spend your time and money on a college experience that doesn’t have a very good chance of being rewarding as well as challenging. To predict your chances for success at their institution, they consider all of the following: high school course work, grades,

class rank, admission test scores, application essay, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, special talents or skills you have developed, evidence of service to your school or community, and work experience. FACT: Admission to a college is NEVER based on test scores alone.

How can I prepare for the SAT or the ACT? Begin by doing well in all your courses. Take challenging college prep courses in high school. Get the free booklets Taking the SAT: Reasoning Test or Taking the ACT and read them carefully. They are complete guides to the test. Use these guides to familiarize yourself with all the aspects of the test, such as the directions for taking the test, sample questions, one complete practice test, and information on how the test is scored.

When should I take the SAT or ACT? The spring semester of your junior year is the most ideal time to take the SAT and the ACT. By this time, you should have covered in school the materials required on the SAT or ACT.

Should I take a test more than once? Many students take the SAT or ACT a second time or third time to improve scores. If you take a test over and over again, your scores may fluctuate – slightly up one time and down the next, and eventually clustering around the point of your “true score.” This is a good indication for you to take a rest from retesting. Colleges generally take the highest score from all test scores that you and your school submit.

? How do I register for the SAT or ACT? You may register on-line at or at . 200—800, with two writing subscores for multiple-choice and the essay. Visit for more information.

SAT: REASONING TEST The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems—skills you learned in school that you'll need in college. Each section of the SAT is scored on a scale of



Item Types


60 min.

Grammar, usage, and word choice

Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written



rather than knowledge of specific formulas. A calculator is permitted. The highest possible score is a 36.

essay (25 min.)



Item Types


70 min. (two 25min. sections and one 20-min. section)

Critical reading and sentencelevel reading

Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading




Item Types


70 min. (two 25min. sections and one 20-min. section)

Number and operations; algebra and functions; geometry; statistics, probability, and data analysis

Five-choice multiplechoice questions and studentproduced responses


READING The 35-minute ACT-R measures your ability to understand what is read. Based on reading passages, 40 questions assess reading comprehension skills and the ability to reason from these passages. Reading test sub-scores are social studies/sciences and arts/literature. SCIENCE REASONING The ACT-SR measures your ability to interpret, analyze and evaluate information associated with the natural sciences. This 35-minute test is based on reading passages, 40 questions assess these skills and the ability to reason from these passages. The highest possible score is 36. WRITING ACT offers an optional 30-minute Writing test. Most colleges require ACT with Writing, therefore it is what ASES recommends. The combined information from the Writing test and the English test will tell postsecondary institutions about your understanding of the conventions of standard written English and your ability to produce a direct sample of writing. Visit for more information.


ACT ASSESSMENT The ACT is divided into five segments, although there are only four test sections. The ACT composite score is the arithmetic average of the math, English, reading, and science reasoning tests. It is a useful instrument for assessing a student’s collective performance. The highest possible score is 36. Visit for more information. ENGLISH A 75-question, 45-minute test, ACT-E measures how you use standard written English. The English test has subscores in the areas of usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. The highest possible score is 36. MATHEMATICS The ACT-M is a 60-item, 60-minute test measuring your ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, primarily in the areas of geometry and algebra. It stresses reasoning skills

Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure your knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as your ability to apply that knowledge. Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and language. The tests are independent of any particular textbook or method of instruction. The tests' content evolves to reflect current trends in high school curricula, but the types of questions change little from year to year. Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take.

Which tests should I take?

Check with the colleges on specific requirements.

THEA / ACCUPLACER If you are planning to attend a Texas Public University, you will need to take the THEA before you begin your first semester of college. It is recommended that you take


THEA early spring of your senior year so that the information that you just learned is still fresh. Although scores on the THEA do not determine admission, many schools use scores for placement. You may be exempted from taking the THEA the following ways:  ACT composite of 23, with minimum of 19 on English and 19 on Math.  SAT composite of 1070, with minimum of 500 on verbal and 500 on math. Even if you are going out of state or to a private school, you may consider taking THEA. Summer course work taken at TJC or UT Tyler requires entrance scores on THEA.


1220 - 1380


22 - 27 1050 - 1230


20 – 23 950 - 1070


18 - 21 870 - 990


17 - 20 830 - 950

Selective (Top 25%) Admissions Traditional (Top 50%) Admissions Liberal Admissions Open Admissions

Average Test Score for College-Bound Seniors, taken from



Verbal Math Writing

497 514 489

English Math Reading 21 Science R Composite

21 21 21 21

What does it take to get in? Taken from Peterson’s Take a Jump

Highly Selective (Top 10%) Admissions ACT

27 - 31


MEET THE TESTS Quick Tips a month before the test Start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier so your body gets used to the time you have to be awake for the big day. Spend 35 – 40 minutes a day working SAT/ACT practice items. Do all your practice exercises under the same conditions as the test: with no interruptions like phone, TV, or music. Prepare academically and review your strengths.

the day before the test Don’t study! By this point, cramming probably won’t help, and it might stress you out. Go to bed at a decent hour. Not too early, though, or you’ll end up having a fitful sleep. Set your alarm clock and ask a sibling or parent to set theirs, too.

the night before the test, checklist Your admission ticket. When you registered online, there was an option to print the admission ticket. If you misplaced it, go online to print another admission ticket or call the Educational Testing Service at 609.771.7600. For ACT, call 319.337.1270. Photo ID (driver license, school ID, passport, etc.) Two (2) #2 pencils and a good, clean eraser Calculator with brand new batteries Your watch Any snacks to munch on during break


the morning of the test Give yourself plenty of time to do all your morning routines at a relaxed pace. Eat breakfast. Try to stick with something you are used to eating. An early morning bellyache can really throw you off course! Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers for those too cold or too hot rooms. Plan to get there by 8AM. You won’t be stressed out about being late. Use the bathroom before the test. You’ll have time to go during the first break, but not the second. Take a deep breath and trust your instincts.

test taking tips Take a mock SAT/ACT before the real thing so you don’t get stumped by instructions or the format of the test. There is a practice test that comes with the registration bulletin. If a math diagram is label “FIGURE NOT DRAWN TO SCALE,” redraw the picture yourself to scale to avoid being misled. Don’t get stuck on a question. If you find that you are spending more than two or three minutes on any question, skip it and move on. Go back later when you have time. SAT penalizes for wrong answers; ACT does not. Always guess on a question if you can eliminate two answers you know are wrong.

9 of the most frequently asked vocab words  verbosity  prodigal  impudence  ambiguous  vacillation  extraneous  pious  omniscient  novel

wordiness wasteful bold disrespect or rudeness unclear, having more than one meaning wavering, going back and forth not pertinent or relevant having a reverence for a God all-knowing original, new, different


THE RECOMMENDATION rules & etiquette Before asking a teacher… 1. Consider whom to ask. Teachers from academic subjects (English, math, science, history, or foreign language) who have taught you in the 10th or 11th grade are probably the best candidates, although a 9th grade teacher is fine, too, if you have kept up a relationship with him or her. 2. Take note of the criteria your college or university requests. Most colleges DO NOT specify that a recommendation come from a teacher in a specific subject, but a select few do. An engineering school, for example, might want a math or science teacher to write. Look for directions in your application materials. 3. Complete the personal information section at the top of the teacher recommendation form. Your teachers have been told to return the forms to you if you neglect to do this. You know your address, social security number, etc.; asking them to do this clerical task for you is unacceptable. 4. Print a résumé and request a transcript. The more information a teacher can reference, the better the letter will be. 5. Sign the waiver of access. Although the comments submitted by your teachers about you will undoubtedly be positive ones, recommendations which have not been seen by students carry additional credibility in the eyes of admission officers.

When asking a teacher… 1. Pick up and complete a Recommendation Request Form from the Office of College Advising. 2. Go to your teacher(s) at a convenient time for him/her. 3. Request recommendation letters EARLY! Be considerate to your teachers who may have a slew of other students to write recommendation letters for. Giving teachers enough time to work on your recommendation will increase your chances of getting a well-written, thoughtful letter. 4. Streamline your requests. You should not ask more than two teachers to write letters of recommendation for you; and you should ask the same teacher(s) to write a letter for all the colleges to which you are applying. 5. Give your teachers clear instructions. Are you applying for early decision? If so, make sure he/she is aware of it. Ask your teachers to note the deadlines so that they can give their letters to Mrs. Vuong before the deadline.

After you have requested your recommendations… 1. Keep your teachers informed. 2. Be very, very thankful. In fact, write a thank you note.


WRITING FOR SUCCESS Teacher recommendations for college applications To request teacher recommendations, you need to complete the green Request for Teacher Recommendation Form, located in the Office of College Advising. Complete one form for each teacher who will write for you. Student completes this section entirely. Be sure to mark the correct deadline for each school. If the college provides a Teacher Recommendation Form, be sure to attach it to the request. Don’t overlook this requirement! Be sure to attach a copy of your transcript and an up-todate résumé before asking a teacher to write.

What this is saying is that you promise not to read your recommendation letter once it is written. This tells the colleges that the teacher wrote your recommendation candidly and without inhibition. Colleges recommend that you waive your right to all recommendations. In the event that you do not sign, teachers can refuse to write for you.

Do not write in this area. For office use only.


the essay TIPS FOR WRITING EFFECTIVE ESSAYS “The essay is a chance to make an impact. We want to see how students think through the essay — how they tackle the topics: It’s not just content but also form --- so be sure that it’s well written..”

~A. Rodriguez, Pitzer College

“Writing the essay can be the most terrifying part of the application process. It requires a conscious act of presentation. It is the self-in-waiting on the blank page that terrifies, as even great writers will testify. We’re not interested in the right answers, since we don’t feel there are any. Instead, what we want the students to show is their willingness to delve into topics, demonstrating their intellectual curiosity and showing off their writing prowess. The capacity to confront challenging questions is an important part of academic life: the essay gives us a small sample of a student’s ability to do so. ~W. Dix, Amherst College

Sample Scoring Guide for College Application Essays 8 – 9 The best essays reveal the writer’s personality through carefully selected and evocative details. Original ideas or observations are thoroughly developed, and the question posed is responsibly addressed.

6 – 7 These essays also impart a sense of the writer’s personality, but they are less vivid, less

focused, and more general than the best essays. Although using a fresh approach, the essays perhaps do not tackle a unique subject or address the topic less thoroughly. These essays are well written in an appropriate style, but with less mastery than the top papers. Some lapses in diction or syntax may appear, but the writing demonstrates sufficient control over the elements of composition to present the writer’s ideas correctly.

4 – 5 These essays contain predictable approaches to commonplace subjects with a

standard organizational plan. Observations and conclusions are less detailed, more superficial. They are adequately written, but do not demonstrate control over a full range of elements of composition. Organization is evident, but may not be fully realized or particularly effective.

2 – 3 These essays are generally boring, unfocused, impersonal, and ill conceived. No organizational plan is evident; little attention to the question posed is obvious.

1 These essays are completely off the mark or seriously deficient in intelligible content.

They are so full of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that the writer is obviously not bound for success in college.


the essay sample score “9” essays #232 . SACAC . Atlanta, GA Personal Statement If you could assume any role in history, what would it be; tell us why. If I could be any roll in society, I would be a croissant. Not only is the croissant the most rich, buttery and tasty of all rolls, it also bears forth the most distinguished of forefathers in the baking world. Bread of a noble French ancestry, the croissant rise in cultural history attests to more than mere yeast. I would value being a croissant, because of its renowned heritage --- to begin with, its political reputation. The greatness of French rulers can be traced back to 800 A.D. with the browning of Charlemuffin, the first French emperor (although he was actually more of a streusel, being of Germanic decent). Furthermore, no history annals would be complete without chronicling the ryes and fall of Louis—The Bun King – XVI during the 17th century. Yet the most famous of all political figures is by far Napoleon Bunaparte, whose militaristic acts of genius were never half-baked. While its political tradition is delicious, France’s literary heritage takes the cake. French literature began leavening as early as the 8th century A.D. When “La Chanson de Roll-and,” the tragedy of Roll-and, and officer and confidant of Charlemuffin, began its oral tradition and was later recognized as an epic recipe. La Buntaine, the 17th century fabler is also an ingredient in the batter of literary prominence. Further, the novelist Mal-roll has upheld this famed French tradition with his modern work Man’s Pate. Finally, though, I would value the croissant’s fine classical background because of the brilliant work of two French rolls Rolliere, the mastermind behind “The Bourgeois Gentle bun,” and Rolltaire, the author of Bundide. And while there are a baker’s dozen more, these two satirists best represent the renowned literary heritage that France claims as its own, and they have undoubtedly influenced many writers and brilliant thinkers of the past, present, and will certainly influence those of the future. In conclusion, the croissant is of obvious merit and value due to the richness of its native French cultural background. Buns will come and buns will go, but the croissant’s taste lingers on.


#225 . SACAC . Des Moines, IA Personal Statement What do you see as an important event in your life and why do you see it as such? It was the middle of November, 1990. I got the idea in an Omni magazine. I was about to embark on one of the most important events in my life. I was going to make a pickle glow. Although the article said it was possible, I found it difficult to believe. So, I decided to test out this freak of nature. I gathered my friends together on a slow Friday night, to begin our most exciting scientific expedition of the year. Such an event couldn’t be held without documentation, or a pickle. Jeff and Scott were in charge of obtaining the means of documentation and the pickle. We also needed electrical equipment. John, Kit, and I were responsible for acquiring these items, including electrodes and a power source, or in layman’s terms: nails connected to a cut off power cord of a lamp, (to be inserted into a wall socket). As the documentary team was filming their pickle buying procedure, we soldered the electronics together and debated the possibilities of what would happen. Kit was positive that we’d blow a fuse when we plugged in the pickle. I didn’t care if the fuse blew. Instead I worried about the person who was going to insert the plug that was attached to a wet pickle into a 120 V power source. Although I thought that person was probably safe unless he was standing barefoot in a puddle of water, a little parent inside my head told me to stay away from the socket. I then remembered this was the same parent who had told me to stand back from the VCR the first time he set it up because, “It might blow up!” The parent in my head left as Jeff and Scott ran through the front door yelling, “We have it! We have it!” The rest of us jumped to our feet and followed Jeff and Scott out the back door. We stabbed the pickle on each end with an electrode and prayed. Everything was set, all we needed to do was plug it into the socket. The experiment was my idea and it was held in my backyard, so I was given the honors of either making my head explode or making the pickle glow. Scott started the tape. I struggled to find the outlet in the darkness of the night. After what seemed like forever, I found the power source and in one movement plugged the cord in and jumped away. Nothing happened. As we stood there in silence, a breeze chilled our bones. We waited. As we waited, we were trying to find a new approach to our experiment. Kit told me to unplug the pickle, but we waited just a little bit longer when. “snap.” A spark flew through the pickle. Our ears perked up. We could now hear the insects like buzz of the high voltage. “Snap.” It happened again, one end of the pickle glowed yellow for an instant. The snaps became more frequent and transformed into a crackle. We could almost read by the pickle light. Cheers could now be heard over the electric crackles. Kit was yelling obscenities in his exhilaration while John, Jeff, and Scott were rejoicing cheers of “Yes!” and “Whoo!” I just stood with my hands in my pockets smiling from ear to ear in pride and amazement. Afterwards, we tried to electrocute different food items, but none of them worked. We decided to plug the pickle back in and play with putting the electrodes in different places. When the pickle lost its conductivity, we watched the video and called it a night. Some people wonder why I see this experiment as a major event in my life. I remember this scientific adventure as important, because it had almost everything that I live for in one night. It had creativity, ingenuity, spontaneity, excitement, success, and best of all, friends. It was an evening that I will remember for the rest of my life, because of the closeness I felt with the people who helped me make a pickle glow.


the essay steps of the writing process

start well in advance of the deadline and be patient as you work through the steps.


about the topic. What is the question really asking?

brainstorm write

a draft

elicit comments

and responses from others. What do you want to know

more about? Does my essay sound genuine and honest? Does my essay address the question? Does it need to be more creative to stand apart from other essays? Read your essay aloud to yourself.

wait revise

by asking yourself: What does this essay say about me?

wait revise by checking organization and clarity. Is my focus clear? Do anecdotes support what the essay says, and are the parts related to the main idea? Is it organized? How does it flow? Do I have a solid ending?


to check spelling, grammar and punctuation.

make a copy

and keep for other applicable application essays.

relax congratulate yourself, the hardest part is over.


the essay tips Write in an informal, personal language. Excellent essays are certainly structured, but a sincere and personal one pervades. You are writing for a person, not a class. The best essays are imaginative and descriptive. They highlight experience or facts that are otherwise unknown. Example: “Although the article said it was possible, I found it difficult to believe. So, I decided to test out this freak of nature.”

The average writer writes correctly --- but not effectively. Do not just casually mention special interests and values without any real explanation or why they are relevant to the topic. Ex.: “I would value being a croissant, because of its renowned heritage --to begin with, its political reputation.”

Too often applicants feel that they must write about a “big event,” such as a trip to Europe or an academic experience, such as an AP class. But an essay is not outstanding because of its subject, but because it goes beyond description to a discussion of what made that experience unique to you. “I was going to make a pickle glow.”

Use I, me, we, and us.

If the essay asks for 300 words, don’t submit 50 or 500 words. Likewise, if the essay specifies to use the space provided, do so. Use contractions. They make your prose sound more natural. Don’t ramble. Say what you have to say and conclude. Don’t exaggerate or try to write to impress. Does your first sentence hook the reader? Does it make you want to read on? “It was the middle of November, 1990. I got the idea in an Omni magazine.” “If I could be any roll in society, I would be a croissant.” “The Barnyard has taught me things that I couldn’t have discovered through more traditional educational means.” “Holy Hamlet!”

Your conclusion should add substance to your essay, not restating what has already been stated. Leave a strong final image. “It was an evening that I will remember for the rest of my life, because of the closeness I felt with the people who helped me make a pickle glow.”


the essay what can you write about? We look for students who rise to the challenge of a question by making it uniquely their own and who, through their writing, communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings to others… students should show us that they are willing to think….. ~W. Dix, Amherst College

How has a particular place influenced you? Don’t feel limited to places of grandeur such as foreign countries. A room full of people speaking a different language, a science lab, a photo darkroom, or a stage may say something about you. Have you ever been in a tense, demanding, grueling, exhilarating, or frightening situation? How did you handle it? What does this imply about you?

Write about an ironic turn of events, which worked out in your favor. For example, perhaps you learned a great lesson from someone you don’t get along with or you discover your talents in writing while trying to take pictures for the school newspaper. How did this experience allow you to grow? What did you gain from this experience? Show how a book, experience, quotation, or idea reflects or shapes your outlook and aspirations. Tell us about yourself. Describe your personality and a special accomplishment. Illustrate the unique aspects of who you are, what you do, and what you want out of life. Share an experience that made an impact on you. Write about a great learning experience.

Has a relative, employer, friend, or neighbor influenced you? How? How are you different as a result? Do you have a dream? Can anything stop you from achieving your dream?


the visit campus visits 101

Did you buy your car without turning it on? Did you get your mountain bike because it was that purple color? Did you forget to ask the sales person how many GB your new phone had? I didn’t think so. More than likely you had lots of questions to ask about these new purchases. And now you’re thinking about “buying” a college. How will you do this? Always contact the Admissions Office on campus at least two weeks before the planned visit to schedule your specific appointment. If you wish to visit a class or specific department on campus, please make your wishes known to the representative setting up your appointment. A tour of the campus does not necessarily include visiting a class. Maps are available from the campus web site or admissions catalog. Get specific directions on how to get there and where to park. By all means, do not be late. Why go?  To learn what life is like on that campus  To make sure that the college is a good fit  To avoid making a mistake, because then you will have to do it over When do I go?  Try to schedule visits that coincide with the holidays of All Saints. This way, you do not have to make up too much work when you return.  Visit when classes are in session, mid week is a good time to plan your visit to a campus.  If possible, go before you actually apply. If this is not possible, talk to students who are attending the college you are interested in. You can talk to admissions officers when they come to All Saints, or you can meet them at the TJC College Fair in November.  Plan an overnighter, if possible.


Making arrangements Before you go on your visit, you should make the following arrangements:  Check with all of your teachers and NetClassroom to know about assignments due upon your return.  Arrange a campus tour and information session through the Admissions Office.  Schedule an interview.  Contact the Admissions Office to set up o an overnight stay o classes to attend, schedule of activities o cafeteria passes o faculty appointments in the area of interest or an appointment with a coach, if you are interested in athletics What do I look for on a tour?         

Students Academics Campus facilities Community outside the college Library resources Computer lab Cafeteria services Campus security Student Union and other gathering places

What questions do I ask on a tour?       

What are the most popular majors here? How accessible are the professors? What are your library and lab hours? Do you have a problem with student drinking and drug use? How does the campus address the issue of crime? What is rush like? What are some typical things that students do on a weekend?

 What are the most active organizations on campus?  What are some popular courses here?


CAMPUS VISIT CHECKLIST Make the Most of Your Trip Here are things you shouldn't miss while visiting a college. Take a look at this list before planning campus trips to make sure that you allow enough time on each campus to get a sense of what the school -- and the life of its students -- is really like.

[] Talk to a student or counselor in the career center. [] Spend the night in a dorm. [] Read the student newspaper. [] Try to find other student publications -- department newsletters, alternative newspapers, literary reviews. [] Scan bulletin boards to see what day-to-day student life is like. [] Eat in the cafeteria. [] Ask a student why he/she chose this college. [] Wander around the campus by yourself. [] Read for a little while in the library and see what it's like. [] Listen to the college's radio station. [] Talk to coaches of sports in which you might participate. [] Search for your favorite book in the library. [] Ask a student what he/she hates about the college. [] Ask about local churches. [] Browse in the college bookstore. [] Walk or drive around the community surrounding the campus. [] Ask a student what he/she does on weekends. [] Try to see a dorm that you didn't see on the tour. [] Imagine yourself attending this college for four years. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


the interview lasting first impressions A college interview is a chance to show that you're more than just test scores and grades. It's an exchange of information -- you learn about the college and the college learns about you. It can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Most schools do not require interviews. However, if they do, the following will help you get through one.

There's More Than One Type of Interview Interviews vary depending on the school, student, and particular situation. You could find yourself interviewing with an admission officer, a student, or an alumnus. Other, less formal, interview situations include group information sessions with admissions staff and current students, and high school and local college fairs. If you plan on attending a music, drama, or dance school, plan on performing an audition or submitting a portfolio. Special-Interest Sessions If you plan to pursue specific interests in college, such as sports or clubs, you might find it helpful to talk to current students and faculty members.

 Sports: If you're an athlete and want to play on a college team, arrange a meeting or a phone call with the coach. Bring your statistics, résumé, or other information that will help give a clear picture of your talents. Consider asking your high school coach to send a letter to the college on your behalf.

 Specific fields of study: Talk to students who are majoring in your desired field and make an appointment

with a faculty member or adviser in the department. If you schedule a campus visit, be sure to sit in on a class.

 Activities: If you plan to participate in an activity, such as the newspaper, band, or the radio station,

speak to students who take part. It's a good way to find out what the people are like and what your chances are of getting involved.

Why You Should Interview

Most colleges don't require an interview; however, there are many benefits to meeting face-to-face with an admission officer. For example, perhaps you:

 feel your college application can't possibly convey your warm and shining personality.  are interested in the college, but want to learn more about its study abroad opportunities, science program, or whatever else interests you.

 want to explain special circumstances, such as: why your grades slipped or maybe a change in your living arrangements.

Interviews and the Admission Process

The interview is just one of many factors in the admission decision. Admission directors usually say that the interview is rarely the deciding one. Still, if a borderline student turns out to be impressive, the interviewer has the authority to write a letter in support.

Nervous? Don't Be.

It's not the third degree and there's no pass or fail. Unless you show up in a T-shirt and cut-offs and spew profanities, chances are the interview is not going to make or break you. As long as you've prepared and practiced, you'll probably make a good impression.

Be Your Own Best Advocate

The staff learns about you from a slew of papers: your transcript, test scores, and application. While your essay and recommendations can offer an impression of who you are, words on paper can reveal only so much. The interview is your chance to be your own advocate by talking positively about your interests and enthusiasms, showing your personality, and boosting your chance of admission.

Discuss Special Circumstances

The interview is a good time to explain a hitch in your transcript or discuss any personal circumstances that affected your studies. Problems that you may find difficult to write about in the application are often easier to discuss with a sympathetic admission counselor. For example, perhaps:

 You may not be the best math student, but it never stopped you from taking AP calculus -- tell the interviewer why you persisted despite such difficulties.

 During sophomore year, your parents divorced, and your academic work took a downturn.  You have a learning disability and need to make extra effort with every assignment.

It's Okay to Ask Questions Asking questions shows that you're interested in the college and what the admission officer has to say. You should always have a question in mind about the college or your major field to show that you have a deep interest in attending the school.

The interview is your chance to be your own advocate You can also ask a general question, such as, "Do you have any advice for me?" Plus, asking questions can help you discover characteristics that colleges can't convey in a catalog. If an interviewer asks, "Why did you choose Florida University?" ask him back, "What do you think draws students here?"


1. 2. 3. 4.

Bring several copies of your résumé. Do not assume that every interviewer has one. Dress neatly. Arrive early to get comfortable. Be prepared. Do your research on the college before you arrive so that you can ask informed, intelligent questions. 5. Show self-confidence with a firm handshake and good eye contact. 6. Be a good listener. It is important that you answer the question that is being asked and stay on the topic. 7. Converse. Be engaging. An interview is a two-way conversation. Be prepared to hold your end of the conversation. 8. Speak slowly and clearly. 9. Take advantage of the opportunity to discuss issues, activities, or goals which may not be presented in your application. 10. Be yourself.

Sample questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Why are you interested in our college? What do you expect to gain from a college education? How have you prepared yourself to go to college? What academic areas most interest you? Why? What extracurricular activities brought you the most satisfaction? Why? How have you spent your summers? How do you like to spend your free time during the school year? How would you describe yourself to someone who does not know you? What has been the greatest personal challenge in your life? Who are your heroes? Why are you a good candidate for our college?



aid, financial need, financial search dollars and sense

financial want: the search for scholarships Scholarship information will be posted monthly on our All Saints web site; information will also be e-mailed to keep you posted on all scholarship offers routed through the College Advising Office. Here are some tips to help make your search for scholarships a little less painless. $ Start early Your freshman year is not too early to plan for scholarships academically, choose extracurricular activities that will highlight your strengths and get involved in your church and community. $ Search for scholarships Scholarship guides will be available in the Counseling Office for you to browse and research. From this resource, copy down addresses and web sites and do searches to obtain more information on the scholarship of your interest. Often times, you can download applications from the web site. Always note the scholarship criteria to see if the scholarship fits your profile. Do not apply for a fine arts scholarship if your interest and talents lie in sciences. $ Apply, Apply, Apply Since it does not cost (or should not ever cost) any money to apply for scholarships, it would not hurt for you, if time permits, to apply for as many scholarship as possible. $ Plan ahead Mark all deadlines in a planner. Many scholarships require letters of recommendation. Make sure that you plan ahead to get the information to your references well before the deadline. $ Be organized $ Always follow directions and complete required sections scholarship scams Although most scholarship sponsors and most scholarship search services are legitimate, schemes that pose as either legitimate scholarship search services or scholarship sponsors have cheated thousands of families. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns you to be alert of these six warning signs of a scam:  “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.” Refund guarantees often have impossible conditions attached.  “This scholarship service does all the work.” Unfortunately, no one else can fill out your personal information or write the essay or obtain the letters of recommendations for you.  “The scholarship will cost some money.” No scholarship should cost money.  “You can’t get this information anywhere else.” Nowadays, technology is making it possible for you to obtain information on virtually anything you are seeking for. Information is also available at bookstores, your local library, or the College Advising Office at All Saints.  “You have been selected to receive a scholarship.” If you have not applied, many scholarship organizations do not have the budget to seek you out.  “The scholarship service needs your credit card or checking account in advance.” Don’t get stung. Information on scholarships and federal aid is free. Applying is free. Do your research, do your homework, and the rest should come naturally. 37

financial aid Applying for financial aid is a process that can be made easier when you take it step by step. Below is a list of financial aid available through federal money. Contact Mr. Motto in the College Advising Office for more details on any of the programs listed below. You must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for federal aid. You can complete this application on line after January 1st, once income taxes have been filed for the previous year. types


Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant scholarships

ROTC Federal Agencies Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship National Science Scholars Program


Federal Perkins Loan FFEL Stafford Student Loan Williams D. Ford Direct Stafford Loans PLUS Loans Federal Direct Lending Lender of Last Resort Nursing Student Loan college work-study

Federal College Work-Study Americorp


financial aid calendar starting the summer of your senior year Request financial aid information from colleges. Organize all materials into separate files. Keep a calendar of all admissions and financial aid deadlines. Research scholarships online. Find out if your parents’ employers offer scholarships or tuition reimbursement.

Meet with Mr. Motto to talk about applications and financial aid. Use the EFC calculator to help your family determine eligibility for federal financial aid. Check to see if your university requires the CSS Profile for financial aid. If so, many colleges require that the CSS is submitted to them no later than February.

ED or EA applicants usually have to fill out a supplemental aid application using estimated income figures. Find out if your colleges have institutional scholarship deadlines by visiting their website or reviewing literature. Check with Mr. Motto for local scholarships. Male students who will be 18 at the time they complete the FAFSA need to register for the Selective Service.

Apply for scholarships in time to meet application deadlines. Get a FAFSA application from the Counseling Office. Visit the FAFSA website at to familiarize yourself with the site. Start gathering information required to complete the FAFSA.

Ask parents to prepare income taxes early this year. CSS Profiles are due in February. Complete CSS if your college requires it. Sign and submit the FAFSA ASAP, but after January 1. Applying early increases your chances of getting more funds. Complete institutional financial aid application for each applicable college.

Attend all financial aid workshops offered through All Saints. If you submitted the FAFSA by now, your SAR should arrive within the end of this month or next month. Call 1-800-4-FED-AID if you have any questions.

If your application has been flagged for verification, send all necessary forms ASAP. If you provided a valid e-mail address, you will be sent a link to an electronic version of the SAR. Make any corrections on the SAR via the web. This will expedite processing.

Admission and financial aid awards are given this month. Read all aid award letters carefully. Make a final decision and mail the enrollment form and deposit check to your final college by May 1.

Fall semester bill will arrive over the summer. Be sure to return it with proper payment. Financial funds should be credited to your account before the beginning of the semester. Finalize housing plans. Set up bank accounts. Check to see if your college requires an entrance interview for federal aid. Sign all promissory notes for Perkins Loans. Search for work-study position.


NCAA Clearinghouse for college-bound athletes

If you are planning to attend college and participate in Division I or Division II athletics, the NCAA Clearinghouse must certify you as eligible. Athletes all across the nation must submit Clearinghouse documents. You cannot play any sport at an NCAA college, much less accept a scholarship to do so, without Clearinghouse eligibility. Be sure you take care of this paperwork if college sports are part of your future plans.

The NCAA Guide for the Student–Athlete includes important information about high school core courses required for eligibility. Minimum college entrance scores for NCAA Full Eligibility (Division I Colleges) are: SAT composite: 820 ACT combined score: 68 Lower scores may qualify a student for partial eligibility.

To get certified 1. Division I and II schools have different eligibility requirements. 2. When you take your SAT or ACT, send a score report to the Clearinghouse by filling in the code 9999, or by entering NCAA in the search field, as one of your four choices, or you may send an additional score report later. 3. At the beginning of your junior year, pick up a NCAA Guide for the Student – Athlete from Mr. Motto in the College Advising Office. 4. Go to to complete an application. 5. Request a transcript from the College Advising Office be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.


.............................................................................................. junior year aug jan feb

Register for the Clearinghouse at Take SAT Talk with your coaches; prepare an athletic rĂŠsumĂŠ, ID possible college options Send letters to coaches Take ACT; begin to track contacts

mar apr

.............................................................................................. senior year aug sept

all year

If you have not heard from the coaches, send a follow-up letter. Ask high school coaches to write a letter of recommendation to or make a phone contact with interested colleges on your behalf; read the NCAA booklet and be aware of NCAA rules and regulations; register to re-take the ACT and SAT. Wait to commit to college athletic visit invitations until you are certain of your top five schools; do not sign a national letter of interest without a full discussion with your parents, your coaches, and your college advisor. If you sign with a college but are not admitted there, you cannot go elsewhere.

............................................................................................ More information is available at the NCAA website at


What to Do if You're Waitlisted Boost Your Chances of Getting In Colleges may put you on a waitlist if you meet the admission requirements, but they've already accepted the maximum number of applicants. You'll be offered a place only if space becomes available. If you get a wait list notice, decide whether you really want to attend the school before you agree to remain on the list. If you're eventually accepted, you often get only a few days to decide. Also investigate the conditions attached to being waitlisted; you may lose priority housing or financial aid options. It's not just a passive waiting game. There are things you can do to boost your chances of being accepted.

 Get

a better sense of your chances of admission Colleges sometimes rank wait lists. The higher you rank on the list the better your chances of being accepted. Contact the admission office to find out if it ranks waitlisted students or if it has a priority list. Most admission officers are willing to tell you your status.

 Write

a letter to the admission office

Being wait-listed means the school has already determined you have the academic credentials; so nonacademic factors are more likely to sway admission officials. Offer achievements that you may not have mentioned in your application and send new supplemental information. For example, maybe a terrific recommendation just came in. Emphasize your strong desire to attend the college and make a case for why you're a good fit. You can indicate that if accepted you'll enroll, but such a promise should be made only if you're absolutely certain. You can also enlist the help of an alumnus and your high school counselor.

Request another (or a first) interview

An interview can give you a personal contact -someone who can check on the status of your application. 

Realize that you've already achieved something You were waitlisted, not turned away. Many students were not as successful.

Reconsider the colleges that accepted you If you'll be just as happy at one of your second choices, send in that deposit and plan to attend there. You'll be surprised how much better you feel after the decision has been made.

Colleges don't decide who will be admitted off the wait list until the May 1 decision deadline has passed. Prepare to attend another school by filling out the paperwork and sending in a deposit. If you're accepted off the wait list, you will forfeit your deposit at the first school and be required to submit a deposit to the second.

 Study

hard This is no time to slack off. If you're waitlisted, you may be reevaluated based on your third- and fourth-quarter grades.

Stay involved Show admission officers

you’re committed to sports, clubs, and other activities.

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Rejected: Now What? What to Do When Colleges Say "No" "We're sorry, but we won't be able to offer you a place in our first-year class. We had many qualified applicants this year...." This is not how you wanted your college letter to read, but there it is. After all of the work you put into your application and the months of anticipation, it's understandable if you're upset about the outcome. However, it's important to keep rejection letters in perspective and to understand that you have options.

Rejection Is Not Always About You

Some students read rejection from a college as an indication that they don't have what it takes to succeed. However, admission decisions are not a judgment from society. Colleges have many reasons for rejecting students, and there is always an aspect of randomness in the process. Student merit is not the only factor in a school's decision. Schools also must address their own needs for a diverse population or for strength on sports teams or in specific degree programs. Neither you nor your parents should treat rejection as a personal failure.

What to Do if You Aren't Accepted Anywhere

What if you haven't gotten into any of the schools you applied to? This can occur when students apply only to very selective schools or too few schools, or if senior grades falter. This requires some re-evaluation of your situation, but it's certainly not the end of the world. Here are some steps you can take:

Talk to your counselor Mrs. Vuong has been through this before with seniors and knows what to do.

Apply to schools whose deadlines haven't yet passed Many colleges have late admission policies or rolling admission. Use a college search engine, like to help you find schools that are still accepting applications.

Apply to the same schools again Some schools will reconsider your application if you take the SAT® again and improve your scores or if your grades shot up dramatically at the end of your senior year. Contact the admission office.

Ask for an explanation Was it your high school transcript? Your essay?

Consider transferring to the college If you spend a year at another school, you can prove to college admission officers that you're motivated and ready for college-level work. Consider community colleges, too.

Appealing Admission Decisions You can try to appeal your rejection, but most students don't win. Contact the admission office for details on their appeal process. Some colleges will allow you to provide new academic information that could improve your chances of getting in, such as updated grades. You may also be able to request a spot on their waiting list.

The Upside There's an upside? Yes. Sometimes it actually helps to have a decision made for you. Maybe you had several colleges on your wish list, and wouldn't have had an easy time choosing just one. Plus, if you hadn't been turned down by at least one college, maybe you'd always wonder if you should have set your sights higher. Remember, there's no one perfect college. Any number of schools can be good fits and make you happy. Plus, you may not even realize how wonderful the college, curriculum, and your fellow classmates are until you're there -- wherever "there" is.

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Shopping & Packing Tips What to Get and How to Make It Fit Do shopping and packing to go away to college feel like overwhelming tasks? It's a good idea to start early and be as organized as possible.

Be a Savvy Shopper Make a budget and stick to it -- and keep in mind that not everything you take to college needs to be new. You may already have many of the things that you'll need. Shop smart. Coupons, warehouse clubs, and frequent-buyer cards can help you stretch your buying power. Discount houses or consignment shops can also be bargain goldmines. Try these places first and then fill in as needed. Older brothers and sisters or friends may be able to pass along some of the necessary items as well.

What Do You Have? What Do You Need? Before you start shopping, take an honest inventory of what you have. Separate out the "nice-to-haves" from the essential items. If you still need them, you can retrieve them during one of your homecoming breaks. If you still have more than you can manage during your trip, separate out some of the nonessentials and arrange to have them shipped to you after your arrival.

Getting Your Stuff to the Dorm If you're flying to school, not driving, you'll need to think about how to get all of your stuff there. There are a few options to consider. You can shop at home, and ship all of the things you will need to school via UPS or another shipping service. Airlines may also let you pay extra to air freight your packages. That can be an expensive option, so compare prices before making a decision. You may also want to do your shopping once you get to school. This might be easier if you have a way of getting all your things back to the dorm. It can be hard juggling all of your shopping bags on public transportation.

Tips for Stocking Your Dorm Room 

Shop early -- it minimizes stress and promotes family harmony. You don't want to spend your last few weeks at home arguing with Mom and Dad about what you're planning to take with you.

Don't forget the things that will make your dorm room feel like home -- photographs of family and friends, important mementos, or anything else that will make your new room your own space.

Don't underestimate how often you'll be doing laundry -- 21 pairs of socks may seem like a lot, but three weeks fly by when you're busy settling into college life.

Don't bring a full four-season wardrobe. Remember that most dorm room closets are fairly small. You'll be able to retrieve extra stuff from home during breaks.

Check with roommates to avoid duplication -- space is tight (so are electric outlets, generally) so divvy up the large items.

Duffle bags are great -- they can be stored under a mattress when not in use (just don't forget they're there!). Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.


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Shopping for your new “home” can be exciting and exhausting. Do a little shopping every week and the task will seem less daunting. Check with your roommate to see if you can divide the shopping list for shared items. If you forget something, do not fret; you can always buy them after you get settled on campus. If space is not limited and travel accommodations allow you to shop for items early, do take advantage of your time at home and get these items ahead of time. Once you’re on campus, you will get caught in all the events, that shopping for your dorm room will be the last thing on your mind. Kitchen needs Plastic bowl and cup Coffee cup Utensils Can / bottle opener Chip clips ...........................................

Room Needs/Storage Beside lamp Alarm clock / Clock radio Trashcan Milk crates / Storage cubes Stacking baskets Under-the-bed storage Hangars Desk lamp Fan Drying rack Adhesive hooks Bulletin board, push pins Dry erase board, markers Toolkit ...........................................

Electronics Computer and printer Headphones Surge protectors Extension cords 3-2 prong adapters Phone Phone charger MP3 Player & docking station Camera and charger ...........................................

Linens / Laundry Supplies Sheets and pillowcases Towels Pillows

Headrest pillow Mattress pad Blankets Comforter / Duvet cover Clothes hangers Laundry bag Laundry stain remover Rolls of quarters Lint brush Sewing kit ...........................................


Pepto-Bismol Imodium Ibuprofen, acetaminophen Vitamin C Neosporin Band-Aids Cough Drops Shower tote Shower shoes Shampoo, conditioner Hair styling products Bath and face soap Traveling soap container Toothpaste, toothbrush Floss Comb / brush Tweezers Nail clippers Hair dryer Razor and shaving cream Lotion, facial moisturizers Q-tips ...........................................

Office / Desk Supplies Flash drive Daily planner Stapler and staples

Printer paper Pens and pencils Pencil sharpener Notebooks Pocket folders Labels of various sizes 3x5 cards Post-it notes Paper clips Rubber bands Scissors Highlighters Ruler Stackable desk trays Hanging files, file folders Dictionary, thesaurus Stamps, envelopes ...........................................

Things to buy upon arrival Paper towels Trash bags All-purpose cleaner Ziploc bags Kitchen storage containers Laundry detergent Fabric softener Dish soap Wet wipes Tissues ...........................................

Shared items

Audio equipment TV DVD player Coffee maker Microwave Small refrigerator Area Rug


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10:00 p.m.: You've finished your schoolwork for the evening. You neatly stack your books on your desk, fold and put away clothing, shut off the lights, slip into your neatly made bed, and drift off to sleep. 11:30 p.m.: You're jolted out of your peaceful dream by loud music and bright lights. Could it be morning already? No such luck. Rather, it seems your party-loving roommate has just arrived home from - surprise, surprise -- a party (for the sixth night in a row) and is just now starting her homework. You watch in amazement (and frustration) as she simultaneously powers up her computer, dances to the music filling your small room, and discards her clothes and books on the floor. "Hey!" she yells over the music, noticing you for the first time. "What's up?" she asks, seemingly unaware that you were fast asleep. You flop back onto your bed, put your pillow over your head and groan. "How am I ever going to get through the year?" you wonder. Scenes like this are not unusual. Getting along with a roommate is a real concern, and one you may be facing for the first time. If you're a bookworm who goes to bed early and your roomie is a party animal who just gets going at midnight, sharing the same quarters may not be easy. But that doesn't mean the two of you can't get along.

The Good News

Perhaps the most important lessons you'll learn in college are the ones you learn outside the classroom. Figuring out how to live with someone involves respecting differences, sharing, being courteous, accepting others for who they are, and much more. You'll find that sharing space builds character. While most freshmen do miss the privacy of their homes, they also find comfort in sharing company with others who are experiencing the same issues -- difficult courses, living away from home, balancing school work and social life, and a whole lot more. In fact, while there are many alternatives for roommates who don't get along, most do stick it out, and solve their problems by talking it out.

The Talking Cure Keeping lines of communication open is essential. Before you even step foot in your dorm, give your roommate a call and find out who you'll be living with for the next year. Here are some tips for getting off to a good start:

 Discuss important issues and establish rules. If

you can't study with music on, then come to an agreement about quiet hours. If she likes to have lots of friends in the room all the time, and you don't, make a schedule so that you can both enjoy the room at different times. If your roommate would rather you didn't study with the light on when she's trying to sleep, she

should tell you. If you make house rules, and communicate openly and often, you can avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.

 Be respectful. Successful roommate

relationships are based on mutual respect. If your roommate doesn't like anyone borrowing her clothes, respect her wishes. If you don't like music on while you're studying, she should respect your needs, too.

 Be willing to compromise. You and your

roommate may not agree on everything, but you both have to be willing to compromise a little bit. If you're a slob and she's a neat freak, you should start cleaning up, at least in the parts of the room you share. And she should try to be flexible and realize your unmade bed doesn't affect her.

 Be courteous. Courtesy is contagious. If you

behave politely to your roommate, she will likely follow your lead. Take messages when people call for her. Wish her luck on an exam. Ask if you can pick up something for her while you're running errands. And, don't borrow anything without asking.

Good friendships often begin by sharing space with strangers. So, who knows... maybe that loud, partying roommate you thought you'd never last with will become your good friend.


you’re there… now what? helpful hints when you get to college

Go out of your way to make friends. Some of them will last a lifetime.

Take care of your physical health. Avoid staying up all night to talk on the phone or finish a paper. Watch your diet. This includes

Join an organization, at least one,

drugs and alcohol. Good nutrition

during the first weeks of school.

reduces stress. Engage in some

This will enable you to make

physical activity every day. Mental

friends outside of the class

activity goes better when there is

and residence halls, and pursue

physical activity to complement it.

something you may be good at, such as journalism, sports, or music.

Do your work. Procrastination will worry you.

Remember, college professors are different from high school teachers. They won’t chase you for work. Ask questions of your professors in and out of class. Note office hours and visit when you need to.

Come back and visit soon and often! We will be thinking of you and wishing you success at every opportunity. You will move mountains, we know you will.


appendix Sample Sample Sample Sample Table

1. 2. 3. 4. 1.

Student résumé 49 Athletic résumé 51 Acceptance letters 52 Letters of regret 53 College Application Organizer 54

Sample 1. Sample Student Resume

Senior Sam Address City, State ZIP Phone # Email address Social Security #999-00-0000

Secondary School All Saints Episcopal School 2695 S SW Loop 323 Tyler, Texas 75701 College Counselor: Brian Motto Contact Number: (903) 579-6072 Fax Number: (903) 579-6064 Email: Extracurricular Activities Organization

Your Position/Year

Elected position


Description of Activities

Hours Per Week/ Weeks Per Year (3/32 = three hours per week/32 weeks per year)

Fresh. Soph.



National Honor Society

Secretary/10, 11, 12



Induction based on a 93 GPA. Service projects include Turkey Shoot. I sold tickets for this event.




Tyler Teen Court

Attorney/10, 11, 12







Member/9, 10, 11, 12


District, State






Varsity/ 10, 11, 12 JV/9







Green Club

President/ 12 Member/ 9, 10, 11

Yes No


Defense and prosecution attorney for teens with minor offenses Participated in numerous tournaments. Excelled in PFD and CX. Advanced to State my junior year. Played mixed doubles on the JV and varsity tennis team. Weekly tournaments. As a member of Green Club, I attend monthly meetings. As president, I lead meeting about environmental care, including a school-wide recycling program.






Community Service Service/Volunteer Work

Description of Service


Mentor to second grade classroom

Literacy Council

Each week I tutor reading to a non-native English speaker.

Green Club

As a member of Green Club, I sort school-wide recycling on a weekly basis. After sorting is complete, I help deliver the items to our local recycling plant. Toured local nursing homes playing piano, singing hymns, and playing karaoke

Nursing Home Entertainment


Total Hours

August 2010 – May 2011 August 2009 – present August 2008 – present


Summer 2008, 2009, 2010


44 87

Talents/Awards/Honors Talent/Award/Honor


Level Fresh

National Honor Society The Prudential Spirit of Community Award Windsor Community Service Award AP Computer Science High Academic Achievement Award

Vice-President/12th Member/11th Nominated by school faculty for state scholarship Awarded by Junior Symphony League for community service Student with highest class average

Year Received Soph Jr.











Employment/Internship/Summer Activities Name of Employer/Sponsor

Your Specific Role/Job Title

Vacation Bible School

Mentor and minister to children at church Vacation Bible School. We lead the children through games and other entertainment Took a summer technology course offered at our school to make my schedule more flexible during Upper School. My church took a group of missionaries to the Appalachian Mountains. On the trip, I led a group in Kids Club. We had lessons about Jesus, did crafts, and played soccer. In the evenings, I served at a soup kitchen.

BCIS Mission Trip


Hours/ week

Summer 2009, 2010


Summer 2009 Summer 2011

8 40

Interests/Hobbies/Activities Snow skiing Cooking Reading Computer Programming

I love to snow ski. My favorite ski resorts are Wolf Creek and Breckenridge. I’ve always loved to cook. Spaghetti with meatballs is my specialty. I’m seldom seen without a book in hand. My favorite genre is biographies. I dabble in computer programming. I hope to take a college course about coding.


Sample 2. Sport Resume for Athletes

Senior Sam Midfielder/Forward Address Tyler, TX 75701 Phone Email

Height Weight Mother Father

5’8” 130 lbs. Marsha Sam Paul Sam

Academics Class Senior School All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler Grade Point 3.7 Scale 4.0 SAT Composite: 1120 (V)520; (M)600 National Honor Society A Honor Roll Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award Nominee, 2003 High School Soccer Newcomer of the Year Freshman 2nd Team All District Freshman 2nd Team All District Sophomore 1st Team All District Junior All District MVP Junior 1st Team All State Junior All Tournament State Team- Final Four Junior Development Programs Texas A&M Soccer Camp SMU Soccer Camp

Summer 2001 Summer 2002

Club Soccer Year 1998-2000 2000-2003 2003-2004 2000-2004

Club E.T Spirit Texans Comets All Saints Trojan Soccer Team

Coach Paul Grant Keith Hodder Horst Bertl Paul Grant

Contact 903-894-1360 972-335-4830 972-484-3890 903-894-1360


Sample 3. Admission and Scholarship Acceptance Letters To be mailed no later than May 1

Sample Acceptance Letters

Date College Name Address


College Admission Officer:

Thank you for your offer to attend (name of college or university). I was pleased to hear from you and feel honored that you accepted me as a member of your freshman class. I respectfully send this letter to notify you of my intent to enroll for the 2013-2014 academic year. I am looking forward to many opportunities for growth at (name of college or university). I am excited to have a place that I will consider home for the next four years. If there is anything further that I must do in this regard, please let me know. Thank you once again. I look forward to attending (name of college or university) this fall. ...................................................................................................................................................................................


Scholarship & Financial Aid Officer:

I am honored to be offered the (name of scholarship). I respectfully send this letter to accept your generous offer. I look forward to many opportunities for growth at (name of college or university). I am excited to have a place that I will consider home for the next four years. If there is anything further that I must do in this regard, please let me know. Thank you once again. I look forward to attending (name of college or university) this fall. Sincerely,

Sign here Type your name Your social security number Your date of birth


Sample 4. Admission and Scholarship Regret Letters To be mailed no later than May 1

Admissions Sample Letter of Regret Date College Name Address


College Admission Officer:

Thank you for your offer to attend (name of college or university). I was pleased to hear from you and feel honored that you would place me for consideration as a member of your 2014 freshman class. Due to my personal and financial circumstances at this time, I respectfully send this letter to notify (name of college or university) that I will not be able to accept your generous offer. I would like to thank you and your office for the time you invested in reviewing my application. If there is anything further that I must do in this regard, please let me know. Thank you once again. ................................................................................................................................................................................


Scholarship & Financial Aid Officer:

I feel honored that you placed me for consideration as a member of your 2014 freshman class, and then offer the (name of scholarship) to make it possible for me to attend (name of college or university). Due to my personal and financial circumstances at this time, I respectfully send this letter to notify (name of college or university) that I will not be able to accept your generous offer. I would like to thank you and your office for the time you invested in reviewing my application. If there is anything further that I must do in this regard, please let me know. Thank you once again. Sincerely,

Sign here Type your name Your social security number Your date of birth


Table 1. Table for SAT and ACT Conversion

SAT TO ACT Use this conversion table to convert SAT composite scores to ACT Composite scores. This chart is used for purposes of comparison only.

SAT Composite Score

ACT Composite Score

1580 – 1600 1520 – 1570 1470 – 1510 1420 – 1460 1380 – 1410 1330 – 1370 1290 – 1320 1250 – 1280 1210 – 1240 1170 – 1200 1130 – 1160 1090 – 1120 1050 – 1080 1020 – 1040 980 – 1010 940 – 970 900 – 930 860 – 890 810 – 850 770 – 800 710 – 760 650 – 700 580 – 640 510 – 570 400 – 500

35 – 36 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11


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