PSAT Scores

Most CHS sophomores and some juniors took the PSAT test in October, 2015.  Paper score reports will not be available until February.  In the meantime, you can access your scores online by doing the following:

  •   Go to https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home
  •   If you already have a College Board account, sign in using your user name and password.
  •   If you don’t have an account, click on “Sign-Up” next to the blue “Sign In” button to create your College Board account.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  create your account with your legal name and DON’T LOSE your user name and password.  You will need them to register for the SAT.
  • If your PSAT scores don’t appear when you log in, click the “Add Scores” button.  You may have to log out and log back in to see them.

 

FAFSA/Financial Aid Presentation

The Academic Counselors will be doing a “Financial Aid for Beginners” presentation on Thursday, January 21st at 6:00pm in the Fourth Street Center.  At 6:30pm, we will have Darcie Ivens, from the Clackamas Community College Financial Aid Office available for a question and answer session regarding college funding.

THIS IS DURING PARENT CONFERENCES.

Call the Counseling Office at 503-263-7219 for more information.

Oregon Promise Grant

The state is launching its Oregon Promise program—offering new high school graduates
and GED recipients an opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition
covered. Grants are for students entering a community college in Oregon in Fall 2016.

You may qualify if you:
-Graduate from an Oregon high school or complete the GED in Spring/Summer 2016
-Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
-Have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college

Steps to take:
-Apply for the Oregon Promise between November 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016, including:
Complete the Oregon Promise application Oregon Promise App

-Submit your high school transcript or GED scores

-Complete the FAFSA or its approved alternative

Once approved, Enroll in an Oregon community college within six months of graduating high school or completing the GED (Fall 2016)—and accept all state and federal grants

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College Testing

Four year colleges require students to submit either ACT or SAT scores. The ACT is the American College Testing program. The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The tests give colleges an indication of a students academic readiness for college level instruction. Most schools accept scores from either test.

Both tests assess students in three sections (English, Math, and Writing). The ACT also includes a fourth section, Science. The SAT is considered a reasoning test, so some of the test measures a student’s ability to think through new or novel situations. The ACT is considered an achievement test, so it only measures what curriculum students have learned and retained. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the three sections, for a total possible score of 2400. A good score for the SAT is 1500 and higher. The ACT has scores ranging up to 36 in each of the four sections, and they also give a composite or average score. A good score for the ACT is 22 and higher.

A student can take the tests as often as they would like, however 2-3 times is on average when scores are the highest. Most colleges will combine the best sub-scores from multiple tests to get a best representation of a student’s ability. Test preparation usually improves test scores, and options vary from self-prep to test prep classes to simply taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) and reviewing results.

It is recommended that top students take the SAT or ACT for the first time at the end of their junior year. Then they can take the test a second time, if so desired, in the early fall of the senior year. This will allow time for the student to have scores sent to colleges between December – February, when most college applications are due.

To register for the SAT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.sat.collegeboard.com/

To register for the ACT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

Other Self-prep options include acquiring prep books from the public library or local book store, or visiting sites, like http://www.number2.com/
or Khan Academy
or http://www.testprepreview.com/
or http://www.actexampracticetests.com/
or http://www.kaptest.com/
or students can access Peterson/s Test Prep through the CHS created CIS Portfolio,http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/login/login.aspx

For prep classes, students can sign up for classes from:
Saturday Academy
Portland Community College Community Ed – Test Prep

SAT and ACT Dates for 2015-2016

All registration for SAT and ACT tests is online. You must upload a photo (head shot) with your registration.

Neither the SAT nor the ACT are given at Canby High School, but there are testing locations at many area high schools.

The Canby High School CEEB Code: 380-135

SAT Dates:

October 9, 2015

November 7, 2015

December 5, 2015

January 23, 2016

March 5, 2016

May 7, 2016

June 4, 2016

Register for the SAT at: SAT Registration

The SAT Reasoning test costs $54.50

ACT Dates:

September 12, 2015

October 24, 2015

December 12, 2015

February 6, 2016

April 9, 2016

June 11, 2016

Register for the ACT at: ACT Registration

The ACT test with Writing costs $56.50

Letter of Recommendation Request Form

When you ask a teacher/boss/coach, etc for a letter of recommendation, please keep the following things in mind:

– Give at least 2 weeks time to write a good letter
– Make the request in writing
– Include a resume or list of activities during high school
– You CANNOT have a relative write you a letter of recommendation

Below is a “fillable” PDF of a Letter of Recommendation Request form that you can type in & print to give to the adults who will write your recommendations. The second page is an Activities List that you can use if you don’t already have a resume or activities list.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form