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College Counseling
Timeline to College

Grade 11

  • Get off to a strong start in the classroom.
  • Read for pleasure.
  • Begin test preparation using Method Test Prep’s test preparation resources.
  • Attend College Fairs at Tabor – research schools in advance, come with questions, and be open to new ideas.
  • Get involved at school and be a leader. Remember, you don’t need a title to lead.
  • Take the PSAT (Scores received in December).
  • Attend College Kick-off events during Fall Family Weekend. 
  • Families: Access Smart Track College Funding resources.
  • Begin individual meetings with your college counselor.
  • Complete the model college questionnaire following your first meeting.
  • Take Method Test Prep’s ACT and the SAT diagnostic tests.
  • Begin college research.
  • Artists: begin to consider an artistic portfolio.
  • International students: register for a spring TOEFL.
  • Attend junior college seminars.
  • Continue meeting with your college counselor.
  • Register for spring SAT or ACT.
  • Move forward with test prep.
  • Visit colleges during the Winter Long Weekend and Spring Break. 
  • Continue college research.
  • Families: Respond to the request for a Family Statement about your student. 
  • Continue meeting with your college counselor.
  • Ask two teachers to write recommendations.
  • Participate in the Mock Interview program.
  • Create a Common Application account.
  • Begin the Junior Brag Sheet.
  • Continue with test prep.
  • Continue college research.
  • Create a summer plan with advice from your college counselor.
  • Complete your junior brag sheet.
  • Draft the college essay in junior English.
  • Finish strong.
  • Athletes: communicate with Tabor coaches about summer plans and college interests.

Junior/Senior Summer 
  • Make your summer meaningful – work, study, volunteer, research, play sports – just don’t do nothing.
  • Read for pleasure.
  • Register by the end of June for the August, October, or November SAT test dates; register by the end of July for the September or October ACT test dates.
  • Visit, tour and interview at a mix of reaches, targets and likelies.
  • Complete the Common Application you started during trimester three. Begin crafting supplemental essays.
  • Revise and edit one of the seven 650-word Common Application essay topics you started during trimester three.
  • Athletes: send transcripts/senior courses/school profile and testing to coaches.


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