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College Checklist 
Planning for College 

Getting into college does not mean you need a 4.0 average and perfect scores on the SAT. In fact, colleges look at a wide range of factors when they decide whom to admit into next year´s freshman class.

Here´s a list of some of the things you'll need to do to help you get into the college of your choice.

Check them off as you complete them.

PSAT. The PSAT is a practice test that you usually take in 10th and 11th grade to prepare for the SAT.

SAT/ACT. Most schools require that applicants submit their scores on either the SAT or ACT, which are standardized
     admissions tests.

GPA. Your grade point average is weighted heavily in college admissions because it reflects your long-term
     performance in school.

Extra-curricular activities. Involvement in extra-curricular activities, like sports, clubs or student government, shows
      that you are well-rounded and can manage your time well.

Hobbies. Hobbies help to present you as an interesting, well-rounded person.

Community service. Look for opportunities through your school, religious institution or other organizations to get
      involved in making a difference in your community.

Part-time and summer jobs. A job not only lets you earn money to pay for college, but it can also be used to impress
     the admissions team by demonstrating your work ethic and responsibility.

Internships. Internships offer the chance to learn much more about your possible profession.

College application. The application usually includes one long essay and one or more short essays. Some schools
      participate in the common application process, which has one standard application for up to 400 schools.
      Visit for more information.

College interview. An interview is a great opportunity to let the admissions staff get to know the real you.

Letters of recommendation. These letters can come from a favorite teacher, coach, guidance counselor, employer
     or community leader.

Completed financial aid application. The standard form you complete to be eligible for federal government aid is
      known as the FASFA. Some colleges require you to complete their own application too.

Scholarship search. You can research additional ways to pay for your college education at

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