It's a process
Academic Coaching DC is priviledged to have worked with several families from freshmen year through the application and college choice process.
I support your individual search at the level you need: start to finish, or simply with the pieces you and your student are finding stressful.
This page gives you a small sample of the information I use to help you feel in control of the standardized testing and college search processes.
We get the ball rolling, and your student rolls with it
Parents are central to the college process!
One of the first questions is tuition. For an idea of what you'll be expected to pay, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) site calculates your yearly expected contribution.
The next most important step is to look through the list of colleges that do not use the SAT or ACT in their admissions decisions at fairtest.org.
The PSAT/NMST is a test that students take as a Sophmore or Junior. High scores, along with a high GPA, may result in scholarships.
Preparation starts the semester before the test, which in 2018 is October 10 and 13, with the alternative date as October 24.
Use either the College Board's free, web-based SAT test or the College Board's SAT blue book from the library and xerox a test for your student to take, under the same test conditions as they'll experience on testing day.
Use the ACT site or their testing book from the library, and repeat. As you talk about your student's reaction to each test, and look at their scores, you'll be able to make a more informed decision about the best test for your student.
Some schools also require SAT subject tests; the ACT is a stand-alone test, with no additional subject testing required.
Registration for both tests closes the month BEFORE the test date. The SAT is given Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., March, May and June. The ACT is given Sept., Oct., Dec., Feb., April and June.
Most colleges and universities super-score, which means they take the top scores from TWO tests; many students take these test twice.
Test preparation begins a semester before your chosen test date.