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College Testing

 

ALL CHS JUNIORS WILL HAVE  THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE ACT EXAM FOR FREE @ CANBY HIGH SCHOOL IN FEBRUARY, 2018.

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 English and Math. The ACT also includes a Science section. There is also an optional Writing test offered on both the SAT and ACT. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the two sections, for a total possible score of 1600. A 4-year college bound student should score 1000 or 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 or when they are taking Honors Algebra 2- as that is the math level tested . 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 https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/sat

or https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/free-resources/act

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

Foreign Exchange Programs

Many students are interested in Foreign Exchange programs. Studying & living abroad is a wonderful experience. In a average school year, two CHS students are living in another country as exchange students and we welcome four or five international students to CHS. Here are some basic facts to know if you are considering an exchange.

– Exchange programs can last 1 semester or 1 year. Some programs also run 4-8 week summer programs.

– Generally, your Junior year is the best year to go. It’s difficult to get graduation & college plans squared away if you are out of the country during your senior year.

– Most exchange programs have some basic requirements. Students usually must be between 15-18 years of age. Some have a minimum GPA requirement, often 2.8 or higher. Depending on the program and/or country, there may also be language requirements.

– Cost of exchange programs varies widely. For semester or school year programs the costs can be anywhere from $3000-$9000. This cost does not include airfare or living expenses. It covers the actual exchange program only.

– Not every exchange program allows you to choose your destination. Often, you will have a “wish list” of 3-6 countries or you may be guaranteed a geographical region (e.g South America, Eastern Europe, etc.)

– Canby High School will accept credits earned while you are on exchange (maximum of 8.0 credits). These classes are listed with a “P” for Pass rather than a letter grade.

Below is a list of some state-approved exchange programs with representatives in Oregon.

AFS International Programs
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs
AYUSA
North West Student Exchange
Youth For Understanding
Cultural Homestay International
Education First Foundation
Rotary International
Education, Travel and Culture
International Student Exchange
CIEE

Scholarship Application tips

Don’t Get Scammed Looking For Scholarships

(Little ways to help win big bucks)

Scholarships are awarded to the students who can show on paper that they are the most qualified applicants. Incomplete and messy applications may be passed over in favor of neater and thoroughly completed applications. Careful preparation will increase your chances of success.

The Basics

Deadline: don’t miss it. Start early, especially if you need references or transcripts.
Follow directions exactly: Many applications are designed to check how well you follow directions. Instructions mean what they say: “In your own handwriting” (print neatly), “Typed” (printed from computer), “In the space below” (write here not on attached paper), etc.

Neatness: Print using black ink. Word process whenever possible. Most applications are available online and should be completed on a computer. Some can be scanned in, completed and then printed for a neater appearance.

Spelling and grammar: Use a dictionary and spell-check. Read it back to yourself out loud. Have a teacher or parent proofread the application.

Answer everything: Don’t leave any blanks empty (unless told to), write “none” or “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.

References

Choose carefully: Be sure what type of references are requested (sometimes a teacher of a specific class or an advisor of a particular club). If unspecified then give a variety of carefully chosen references. Good choices include pastor, employers, teachers, counselor, club advisor, or long-time family friend (not a peer or family member).

Ask: ALWAYS GET PERMISSION BEFORE USING A PERSON AS A REFERENCE.
Attached recommendations: If letters of reference are to be included with the application:
Give the person at least 2 weeks to write the letter. You will get a better reference.
Tell them about the scholarship and what the judging criteria are. For example if it is based on leadership skills, communication skills, sportsmanship, volunteerism, etc., the person can specifically address their knowledge of you in that area.

Short Answer or Essay-type Questions

Thorough and exact: Thoroughly answer all parts of the question asked.
Length: Follow guidelines for length; more isn’t always better.
Proofread: Write a rough draft, proofread, and then copy onto the application. Concise, well-worded, neat, and grammatically correct answers will impress.

Help Yourself

Keep a file of your important information handy and updated so you don’t have to look it up each time. Jobs, clubs, awards, activities, references, etc. Save copies of applications and essays, often you can use the same thing again with minor changes. This includes papers you have written for school. Sometimes you can use an application essay to meet the requirements of a class assignment and get double benefit for the time you spend.

SAT and ACT Dates for 2018-2019

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

Canby High School is not a test site for SAT and only administers the ACT once per year for Junior student.

The Canby High School CEEB Code: 380-135

SAT Dates:

August 25, 2018

October 6, 2018

November 3, 2018

December 1, 2018

March 9, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 1, 2019

Register for the SAT at: SAT Registration

The SAT costs $47.50 ($64.50 with Writing test)

ACT Dates:

September 8, 2018

October 27, 2018

December 8, 2018

February 9, 2019

April 13, 2019

June 8, 2019

July 13, 2019

Register for the ACT at: ACT Registration

The ACT test costs $46 ($62.50 w/ Writing)

When Counselors See Students

The CHS Comprehensive Education and Counseling Program is delivered to assure that all students receive the same guidance information and equal access to counselors. Delivery of the program involves three Academic Counselors, one School to Career Coordinator (STC), one Intervention Specialist, and all teachers who serve as advisors.

The delivery of the program assures every student the following contacts through grades 9-12.

Grades 9-12 Every student meets with an Advisor, numerous times per year
(see Advisory link on Counseling homepage for Advisory Topics)

Grades 9-12 as scheduled by students; individual appointments are available to see the
Intervention Specialist, STC Coordinator, or their Academic Counselor

However, please note the following restriction regarding student appointments:
Student-requested appointments with the Academic Counselors may not available during Schedule Change periods (Two weeks before each term and the first three days of each term)

Grade 9 –  All Freshman have a “check in” with their Academic Counselor in Tri 1 to ensure a smooth transition to high school . Freshmen receive group guidance from Academic Counselor in English class (presentation on four year course planning and CHS graduation & college requirements)

Grade 10 –  Sophomores receive group guidance from Academic Counselor in Future Focus class  (presentation on course planning and CHS graduation & college requirements)

Grade 10 –  Sophomores take Future Focus class for career research and planning
(Mock interviews, job shadows, and presentations planned by STC Coordinator)

Grade 11 Juniors meet as an entire class during advisory for a presentation by counselors and administrators to emphasize key planning information for the senior year and beyond.

Grade 12 Seniors attend individual Senior Planning Meetings with Academic Counselor
(personalized credit check and post high school planning information)

Grade 12 Seniors meet as an entire class during advisory for a presentation by counselors and administrators at least twice during senior year..

NOTE: Communication with the Counselors is also available via phone calls and email

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