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Four Year College Preparation and Info

posted Aug 27, 2013, 12:04 PM by ElCapitan HighSchool   [ updated Aug 27, 2013, 12:04 PM ]

Our goal is to prepare and encourage all students to attend a 2 or 4 year college of their choice after graduation. Along with meeting graduation requirements and A-G requirements, (explained below), we encourage them to research colleges and visit college campuses. To insure they have all the appropriate testing done to apply to a 4 year college, we inform all students about when to take the SAT & SAT Subject tests, and the ACT.

4 YEAR COLLEGE INFORMATION

Every college and university in the U.S. has a website, and they appreciate you visiting their websites.

 Some important ones to note are:

www.calstate.edu access to all 23 CSU campuses.

www.csumentor.edu application site for all 23 CSU campuses.

www.universityofcalifornia.edu access to all 10 UC campuses.

www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply application site for all 10 UC campuses

www.californiacolleges.edu all private, state, UC, and religious college campuses in California.

www.commonapp.org application site for over 300 private universities across the US.

www.collegeboard.com excellent site with a college search engine by major, location, etc.

www.ecampustours.com virtual tours of campuses.

www.campustours.com virtual tours of campuses.

TO ATTEND A 4-YEAR COLLEGE, THE REQUIREMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Entrance Requirements:

Must be a high school graduate.

Must meet the eligibility index of GPA to SAT I/ACT scores.

In addition, UC requires two SAT Subject tests (Must be in different subject areas; up to three tests may be taken on test day; if subject test is in math, it must be level 2).

Examples of CSU schoolsSan Diego State UniversityCal Poly – San Luis ObispoCalifornia State University – Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Bernardino

Examples of UC schoolsUniversity of California – San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara

EL CAPITAN GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Required Classes

English ....................................................................................................................................... 4 years

Mathematics (including passing Algebra and 1 year beyond)............................................................ 3 years

Physical Education....................................................................................................................... 2 years

Life Science................................................................................................................................. 1 year

Physical Science.......................................................................................................................... 1 year

Geography.................................................................................................................................... ½ year

Life Management Skills.................................................................................................................. ½ year

World History................................................................................................................................ 1 year

U.S. History.................................................................................................................................. 1 year

American Government.................................................................................................................... ½ year

Economics.................................................................................................................................... ½ year

Fine Arts or Foreign Language......................................................................................................... 1 year

+Plus 60 elective credits to TOTAL a minimum of 220 credits+

Additional Check-off Requirements

v Technology Foundations and First Aid

v CAHSEE: Pass the English Language Arts and Math sections

A-G COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

California State University or University of California

a. History includes U.S. History, American Government, and World History....................................... 2 years

b. English (College Prep)............................................................................................................... 4 years

c. Math: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II (math in Senior year is recommended)........................... 3 years

d. Laboratory Science (recommended 3 years; taken in grade 10 or after).......................................... 2 years

e. Foreign Language (same language; recommended 3 years).......................................................... 2 years

f. Visual & Performing Arts (same subject, year-long)....................................................................... 1 year

g. College Preparatory Electives..................................................................................................... 1 year

To see a list of approved courses for El Capitan, pick up a copy in the

Career Center or visit https://pathways.ucop.edu/doorways/list/.

***ALL REQUIRED COURSES MUST BE AT THE COLLEGE PREPARATORY LEVEL

WITH A GRADE OF “C” OR BETTER***

TESTING INFORMATION

Do I have to take the PSAT/PLAN/SAT/SUBJECT TESTS/ACT?

If you intend to apply to most 4 year colleges, you need to take either the SAT or ACT. You may also have to take SAT subject tests (especially for UC’s). The only way to be absolutely certain to keep ALL your 4-Year college options open is to take the SAT or the ACT, and at least 2 (preferably 3) SAT subject tests.

For more information and to register for these tests on these websites:

ACT & PLANwww.actstudent.org

SAT, PSAT and subject testswww.collegeboard.com

What about the PSAT/PLAN tests?

The PSAT is the “practice” test for the SAT and can be useful for diagnostic and preparation purposes. By taking it, you will better prepare yourself for the SAT and discover your strengths and areas to improve upon. Juniors who take the PSAT, with a high enough score, may qualify for National Merit Scholarship consideration. This test is offered once a year at El Capitan in October, so please check back for the date. The fees required for this test can be paid for in the finance office.

See this website for full details:http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

The PLAN is the “practice” test for the ACT. It’s also a great tool to help prepare yourself for the ACT. You will discover strengths and weaknesses and that will help you study. This test is also offered at El Capitan once a year, usually in November. Check back for the date and these fees can be paid for in the finance office.

See this website for full details: http://www.actstudent.org/plan/index.html

Are there any colleges for which I do not have to take an ACT or SAT?

You can enroll at a community college without taking the SAT or ACT. You can also apply at many colleges that do not require these standardized tests for entrance. Keep in mind that taking the tests and not needing them is better than not taking them and needing them in the end. See this website for more details on colleges that do not require standardized testing for entrance. http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

When should I take these tests?

● PSAT: 9th, 10th - for practice, and 11th grade for National Merit Scholarship consideration.

● Plan: 10th grade for practice.

● SAT/ACT: Spring of your junior year and fall of your senior year. In order to be prepared to apply to colleges in the fall of senior year, a student must have taken one of these tests before December of that year.

● SAT subject tests: Take the subject test as soon as possible after completing the course for which you intend to be tested. Ideally, the subject you completed should adequately prepare you for the subject tests. After the AP exams is generally a good idea.

How many times can I take these tests?

As many times as you would like….but more than 2 or 3 tests appears somewhat desperate.

Should I sign up for some kind of test prep or tutoring?

As with any test, content knowledge, practice and specific instruction about the mechanics of taking the test will surely improve one’s tests results. Because test prep from outside sources can be extremely expensive, El Capitan HS does not provide and cannot endorse any particular service or individual. Our school does offer a SAT prep course for a minimal fee taught by our teachers on our campus. This is usually offered in March/April each year. Check with Finance and counseling for the dates and fee.

To find other services in the community, simply type “SAT test prep” or “ACT test prep” on an internet search engine, and you will find dozens of companies that specialize in this. If you do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a test prep class, many websites have free tests you can download, or you can simply go to your neighborhood library or bookstore and by a practice guide book.

 

 

College and Career Websites

Post Secondary Education

GENERAL COLLEGE INFORMATION

California Colleges--http://www.californiacolleges.edu

College View – database of 3,800 two and four year colleges--http://www.collegeview.com

College Net – links to hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities. Also, worldwide admission

applications and a college searcher--http://www.collegenet.com

U.S. Universities by State--http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/

Search for colleges and Universities, graduate schools, online--http://www.petersons.com/

The College Board--http://www.collegeboard.org/

California Postsecondary Education Commission--http://www.cpec.ca.gov/

Search 4 – career, vocational and technical schools--http://www.search4college.com

Education: Community, Graduate, Law Medical--www.a2zcolleges.com

Virtual tours of U.S. colleges and universities--www.campustours.com

Worldwide College search--www.braintrack.com

College Application and Search Info--www.csumentor.com

Explore colleges, get academic and career advice or financial aid--www.californiacolleges.edu

NCAA Clearing House--www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/

College essay services--www.fastweb.com or www.collegeboard.com or www.essayeval.org orwww.ivyessays.com/

Inter-Collegiate Sports--http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

 

SPANISH & ENGLISH COLLEGE INFORMATION

Offers parents and students resources on how they can make college a reality.

(Spanish/English)--www.YoSiPuedo.gov

 

ADMISSION HELP/TIPS:

About College Admissions--coaching for a college interview--

http://www.aboutcollegeadmissions.com/interview.htm

 

ADMISSION TESTING:

SAT Program Information – test preparation tips and online application. Test practicehttp://www.collegeboard.com/

SAT/ACT Preparation (free)--test preparation tips and online application--www.act.org or www.uccp.orgor www.cavhs.org

Admission testing--www.4tests.com

Test Practice, flash cards--www.kaplan.com or www.review.com or

www.ets.org/csu/epttest.html or www.testprep.com or

www.number2.com

 

FINANCIAL AID SOURCES

Athletic Scholarships search site--http://www.naia.org

Fastweb--Financial aid information--http://www.fastweb.com/

Financial Aid Information Page--financial aid information--http://www.finaid.org

California Student Aid Commission--financial aid information for California--

http://www.csac.ca.gov

FAFSA Express--complete and submit the FAFSA on-line--http://www.studentaid.ed.gov or

www.fafsa.ed.gov

Pin Registration to sing the FAPSA Electronically--http://www.pin.ed.gov.

Fast Aid Scholarship Search--http://www.fastap.org

SALLIE MAE--financial aid info--http://www.salliemae.com

NELLIE MAE LOAN LINK--nonprofit provider of student and parent education loanshttp://www.nelliemae.org/

U.S. Department of Education--http://www.students.gov or http://www.ed.gov/index.jsp

Princeton Review Financial Home Page--www.princetonreview.com

Information for parents and teachers--www.edfund.org

 

PUBLIC COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY HOME PAGES

Common Applications – used by 150 selective colleges and universities to simplify the application process--http://www.commonapp.org

CSU Applications – Complete and submit the application on-line http://www.CSUMentor.edu

UC Applications – complete and submit the application on-line--

http://www.ucop.edu/pathways

 

 

CAREER AND JOB INFORMATION

California Employment Development Department--www.edd.ca.gov/eddhome.htm

United States Department of Labor--www.dol.gov

The Job Accommodation Network--www.jan.wvu.edu

California’s Job Bank--www.jobsearch.org/CA

Career planning at About.com--www.careerplanning.about.com

Architecture Careers--www.akropolis.net/~zeus/archcareers

Best Jobs USA--www.bestjobsusa.com

Campus Career Center Worldwide--www.campuscareercenter.com

Career Consulting Corner--www.careercc.com

Career Exploring--www.careerexplorer.net

Coin 3--www.coin3.com

Exploring interests, values and skills--http://www.jobsmart.org

Job Bank USA--www.jobbankusa.com

Job Profiles--www.jobprofiles.com

Jobs--www.jobsmart.org

Keirsey Temperament Sorter--www.advisorteam.org

Know Your Type (Myers Briggs)--www.knowyourtype.com

Mapping Your Future--www.mappingyourfuture.org (type in your career interest in the search)

Monster.com To find and search jobs--www.monster.com

Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information about careers to help the user make a better-informed choice in regards to career decisions. The handbook describes occupations, working conditions, required training/education, earnings and the employment outlook for

s even of every eight jobs in the nation’s economy.--www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm

Princeton Review Career Quiz--www.review.com/career

Salary.com--www.salary.com

The Career Guide to Industries covers 42 industries that accounted for over three-quarters of all wage and salary jobs in 2002. The guide provides detailed information about the nature of each industry, working conditions, employment, occupational composition, training/advancement requirements, earnings and the job outlook itself. Guide will also reference other sources of related information.--www.bls.gov/oco/cg/

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); has the 2004/2005 editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Career Guide to Industries. Offers useful source of industry and occupational information.--http://www.bls.gov

WetFeet.com--www.wetfeet.com

Updated 05/14/08

(ksantoro)