Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 - page 3

Be Ready for College and Career!
State and local education leaderswant all students to have college and career goals that
will prepare them to experience fulfilling lives, actively participate as educated citizens, and
thrive in a particularly competitive and global marketplace. A college and career ready student is
prepared to succeed in college. The following are recommendations from education leaders for
students to be college and career ready.
Build an Academic Foundation
Take challenging classes in high
school todevelop an understanding
of different subjects and a solid academic
preparation for college-level courses.
Create a 4-year College and Career Plan
(classes to take in 9
th
, 10
th
, 11
th
, and 12
th
grade) in 8
th
grade. Pay attention to
graduation requirements, college
recommended courses, and career goals.
IncludeAdvanced Placement (AP),
International Baccalaureate (IB), or
concurrent enrollment classes that lead to
college credit and providedirect experience
in college-level studies. Select concurrent
enrollment classes that apply to general
education, a certificate, or adegree that
fits educational plans.
Develop Intellectual and
Career Capacity
Select courses in high school that
challenge your intellect anddevelop critical
thinking, analysis, and problem-solving
strategies. Practice creative problem solving,
increasewritten and oral communication and
teamwork skills,
learn to think critically, and
become technology proficient
.
Learn tomanage your time anddevelop good
study habits thatwill only prepare you for
independence and how to handle homework in
college.
Evaluate Progress
for College:
Do the verybest academicwork possible
ineveryclassyoutake in juniorhighschool through
your senior year of high school. Revise and update
your 4-year College andCareer Plan as needed.
Meet regularly with your school counselor
about
your course choices; ask for advice on enhancing
college readiness skills.
Use assessments likeEXPLORE, PLAN, ACT, or
Accuplacer todetermine how close you are to
being ready for college
.
Explore Postsecondary Options:
Visit at least one college campus; take a
guided tour and ask questions. Learn how
much college costs. Attend a financial aid
and scholarshipmeeting at your high school.
Submit the FreeApplication for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline. Ask your
school counselor or a college financial aid advisor
about scholarships, grants, loans, andwork study.
Complete thestepsnecessaryforcollegeentry
:
take a college entrance exam (ACT orSAT) and
submit a college admission’s applicationby the
priority deadline.
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