Sophomore Year

Study hard, take challenging classes, get good grades – Every “A” you earn now, helps your overall GPA (grade point average).  Get friendly with your teachers, let them know you are doing the work for good grades. Be conscientious in all your schoolwork. Teachers recognize and reward the good students. First impressions count!

Taking the most challenging level classes, Honors and AP are preferred, but you have to do well in them. You may choose to take Honors classes in one subject but not another. Recognize your strengths and work to your ability. An “A” in a  regular class is better than a “C” in an honors class. Taking Honors and AP classes and earning “A”s is the winning combination!

Keep Reading  The better reader you are, the better you will do on your tests, including the SATs and ACTs.

Take  the SAT II Subject Tests  only if you are strong in subjects such as World History, Biology and Chemistry and intend to apply to the most selective colleges.  Colleges in the top tier often require SAT IIs so it’s best to take the exam while the material is still fresh. Junior year testing schedule can become very crowded so it is helpful to have this completed.  Go to to register for a spring exam.

Sign up for  “SAT Question of the Day” on This will help you prepare for the PSAT test in junior year which is used as the measure of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship. SAT  critical reading questions can be tricky, the more you see them the easier they become!

Focus on Favorite Activities – Do what you enjoy, and do it well. Show passion for your activity and earn special recognition or a leadership position. Be careful not to get overcommitted. School work first.

Part-time Employment or Summer jobs – You learn a lot of responsibility show maturity when you have a job. While schoolwork is your first job, if you can find a small part time job, Admissions offices notice.

Select your Junior Year Courses –  Be sure that you are registered and on track for four years of:

English             Science        Math        History       Foreign Language (3 years)

Although your high school may not require four years in each subject and foreign language may be optional, many colleges consider them to be mandatory.

Student Athletes who wish to play college atheletics will have to meet NCAA eligiblity requirements. Go to to register and learn what classes are required to play Division I, II, III sports.

Summer before Junior Year – Visiting a few attractive college campuses before junior year can motivate a student to really perform academically! Take the opportunity to visit a college while away on vacation. The combination of being away from home and touring a college campus can make a big impact.