When to apply for accommodations on the PSAT/SAT?
▪My recommendation is to start the application process for the PSAT/SAT at least 3 months before your student's test date.
How to apply for accommodations on the PSAT/SAT/AP tests?
▪Contact your student's high school or junior high counselor.
▪The counselor will send you a consent form to fill out and send back to them.
▪Once this consent form is returned to the counselor, they will submit all the required documents for the request for accommodations.
▪It could take a few weeks to a month or two to receive a response by mail.
Important! Whatever accommodations that have been in place will be the only ones that will be considered. Make sure your IEP/504 accommodations are written clearly and concisely.
Caution! Some accommodations may cause your student to take the test over two days. Make sure you know what each of the accommodations are requiring.
*You may consider waiting to apply for accommodations until your student has completed a PSAT/SAT. They may not need the accommodations.
*Once you receive the accommodations, you do not need to apply for them again.
▪Register for the test first. When registering, you will be able to check off that you are requesting accommodations.
There is an option when registering to apply for accommodations. Fill that out.
▪ACT notifies your campus ACT accommodation coordinator. The campus coordinator will then gather the documents needed to apply for accommodations. The school may contact you to ask what accommodations that you want to request. Remember, watch out for making the test take over several days!
▪If you have not heard from your campus coordinator, you may want to follow up with them.
*The approval takes approximately two weeks or less upon submission by the school. You will be notified via email.
What you and your high school senior should be thinking about:
1. Crafting/creating a list of colleges that you are interested in attending. "A healthy list is 5-7 schools, max. 1-2 most likely will be accepted, 2-3 target, 1-2 reach."
2. Know the application deadlines. Create a visual calendar to keep up with these deadlines.
3. GoApplyTexas will opened on July 1st. This application portal is mainly for Texas public colleges and a few others.
4. Start preparing and writing your essay/essays requirement for each college. (These usually are an assignment in the Senior English class. However, you may want to get a head start or submitting your applications and start now on the essays.)
5. Visit College campuses. This will give your student an idea of the student population, class size, traditions, community size, etc.
My personal favorite tip for a small dorm is the crystal-clear pocket shoe holder. Why a crystal clear one? Because it is see through! This can be used to put medicine, sticky notes, pens, pencils, etc. You name it! It is an efficient way to store things that are easy to find and doesn't take up a lot of room.
Click here to find packing lists, ideas on how to decorate and organize your dorm or apartment! https://www.pinterest.com/brightereducati/everything-college/dorm/
Important life skills should be taught before they graduate to make the transition easier to live independently. Visit this great website to review what is age appropriate. Comprehensive list of Life Skills for ages 2-18 years (https://ofthehearth.com/comprehensive-list-of-life-skills-for-ages-2-18/)