Students are encouraged to visit college campuses and attend college fairs with their parents/guardians. In addition to individual college open houses and informational meetings, there are regional fairs that are usually located at large college campuses.
Please click the link below to access college fairs sponsored by the NEACAC (New England Association of College Admissions Counselors) in Massachusetts and the New England area:
FALL COLLEGE FAIRS -
SPRING COLLEGE FAIRS -
FAQs about the NCAA Eligibility Center
Student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or II sports in college. Athletes playing in Division III do not have to register.
What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or II institutions. It does this by reviewing the student-athlete's academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules.
What are NCAA Divisions I, II, and III?
The NCAA is the governing body of many intercollegiate sports. Each college regulated by the NCAA has established rules on eligibility, recruiting and financial aid, and falls into one of the three membership divisions (Divisions I, II and III). Divisions are based on college size and the scope of their athletic programs and scholarships.
When should students register?
The NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of their junior year in high school, but many students register after their junior year. There is no registration deadline, but students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before they receive athletic scholarships or compete at a Division I or II institution.
How do students register?
Students must register online at the NCAA Eligibility Center. They will have to enter personal information, answer questions about their course work and sports participation outside of high school and pay a registration fee.
Can students have the registration fee waived?
Students who have received a waiver for the SAT or ACT are eligible for a waiver of the registration fee. The student's counselor must submit confirmation of the student's test fee waiver. Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal for more information.
What records does the Eligibility Center require?
Students should arrange to have you send their high school transcript as soon as they have completed at least six semesters of high school. The transcript must be mailed directly from their high school. They must also arrange to have their SAT or ACT test scores reported directly by the testing company to the Eligibility Center. Students can arrange this when they register for the tests.
You are responsible for sending in students' final transcripts and proof of graduation at the end of their senior year.
How often can students update their athletics participation information?
Students can update the information on the athletics participation section online as often as they want (and should update it regularly), up until the time when they request a final certification of their status. At that point — usually three to four months before enrolling in college — students must finalize their information.
What are the NCAA academic eligibility requirements?
To play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution, the student must:
Complete a certain number of high school core courses (defined below).
Earn a certain minimum grade point average in these core courses.
Earn a certain minimum score on the SAT or ACT.
Graduate from high school.
For more information, see the NCAA's Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete, in the Publications section of the NCAA website.
What are core courses?
This is the name that the NCAA gives to high school courses that meet certain academic criteria specified by the association. Students must complete a certain number of core courses for NCAA Division I and II eligibility.
How are high school courses classified as core courses?
All participating high schools submit lists of the courses that they offer that meet NCAA core-course criteria. If approved, the courses are added to a database that the NCAA Eligibility Center maintains. You can check this database, or view a list of approved core courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal to see whether your student-athletes are enrolled in courses that will count toward NCAA eligibility.
It is often the counselor who provides the NCAA with the list of your school's core courses and updates it annually. The NCAA may ask for more information before approving a core course.
What are the NCAA amateurism eligibility requirements?
To play sports at an NCAA Division I or II institution, the student athlete must follow NCAA amateurism rules about receiving a salary or prize money for athletic participation, playing with a professional team and other areas. For more information, see the Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
Keep in mind
The best way for students to prepare for a future in college athletics is to complete the approved core courses and earn appropriate grades in them. Indeed, more students fail to qualify to play NCAA sports because of lack of appropriate course work than for low test scores.
Make sure your athletes are enrolled in the courses on your high school's core-course list, and also know the eligibility requirements of the NCAA Eligibility Center. Then make sure your athletes are taking the necessary courses, earning the necessary grades and doing anything else they must to stay on track for NCAA eligibility.
Who is responsible for each section of the college application process?
- Talk with your child about post-secondary planning and discuss realistic options.
- Do a www.kudernavigator.com search with your child and view their electronic portfolio
- Visit colleges with your child the summer prior to their senior year.
- Develop a list of colleges that you will apply to.
- Review your child’s essay and college applications (sign the application.)
- Attend financial aid night at Northeast Metro Tech.
- Complete financial aid forms prior to the deadline and send to colleges.
- Complete the release of information form and send to guidance.
- Search using www.kudernavigator.com or www.collegeboard.com to find the best options for schools.
- Attend presentations in Career Center with your guidance counselor and career counselor.
- Attend after-school application and college search help sessions in Career Center.
- Complete the form on college interests prior to your meeting with counselor.
- Complete research of the schools you are planning on applying to.
- Visit colleges on your list and set up interviews if necessary.
- Attend College, Technical and Military Fair at Northeast.
- Meet all deadlines for application, transcript requests, and scholarships.
- Complete essay and online applications, and all necessary materials.
- Take the SATs and request for Collegeboard to send SATs to colleges. (www.collegeboard.com)
- Ask one academic and one shop teacher for a letter of recommendation.
- Provide teachers with resume.
- Research scholarships.
- Complete Transcript Request/release of information and forward to guidance.
- Send thank you notes to those who helped you with the college process.
Guidance Counselor responsibilities
- Give presentations during first weeks of school year explaining websites, timelines, options and process.
- Assist students with the college application process.
- Complete and mail counselor recommendation form.
- Mail Northeast school report, profile and transcript.
- Mail additional information requested by student.
Career Counselor responsibilities
- Meet with seniors in small groups to discuss the college application process with counselors.
- Assist students with researching post secondary options through www.kudernavigator.com and www.collegeboard.com.
- Complete four year educational career plan..
Academic and Vocational teacher support
- Review essays, cover letters and resumes with students through English department.
- Teacher writes recommendations when asked by student. Student provides up-to-date resume and request weeks in advance.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: Qualified seniors are encouraged to take advantage of the Massachusetts Dual Enrollment Program. When state funding is available, this program allows students to take college courses free of charge at area colleges (i.e., Bunker Hill Community College, North Shore Community College, UMass, Boston). College and/or high school credits are received for all successfully completed courses.
COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/make-a-plan
The College Board has developed ACCUPLACER Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), with the help of committees of college faculty, to provide information about skill levels in reading, writing, English and mathematics. Community Colleges use these scores to determine appropriate course placement for students.
The tests are computerized, with students using either the keyboard or a mouse to enter answers. A Test Administrator is always present and has the ability to resolve any difficulties that may occur.
Each test is adaptive, so that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on correct responses to prior questions. This technique selects questions that are of an appropriate level of difficulty for the tester. With the exception of the essay, the tests are not timed. Students have one hour to complete the essay.
Any individual may take the Computerized Placement Tests at the Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing.
Students are strongly encouraged to visit their top choice colleges with their families. Attached is a list of popular college telephone numbers. Students should contact the appropriate college and schedule a campus based tour for prospective parents and students to view the campus and talk with students and faculty.
|Bridgewater State University||508-531-1237|
|Fitchburg State University||976-665-3144|
|Framingham State University||508-626-4500|
|Salem State University||978-542-6200|
|Westfield State University||413-572-5218|
|Worcester State University||508-929-8040|
|Mass College of Arts||617-879-7222|
|Mass College of Liberal Arts||413-662-5000|
|Mass College of Pharmacy||800-225-5506|
|Mass Maritime Academy||508-830-5000|
|UMASS - Boston||617-287-5000|
|UMASS - Dartmouth||508-999-8605|
|UMASS - Lowell||978-934-3931|
|UMASS, - Amherst||413-545-0222|
Private 2/4 Year College
|Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology||617-423-4630|
|Boston Architectural College||617-262-5000|
|Franklin Pierce College||800-437-0048|
|Johnson & Wales University||800-342-5598|
|Mount Ida College||617-928-4553|
|Western New England College||800-325-1122|
|Bunker Hill Community College||Rolling Admissions||617-228-2000|
|Mass Bay Community College||Rolling Admissions||781-239-3000|
|Middlesex Community College||Rolling Admissions||800-818-3434|
|North Shore Community College||Rolling Admissions||978-762-4000|
|Northern Essex Community College||Rolling Admissions||978-556-3700|
|New England Institute of Technology||800-736-7744|
|New Hampshire Technical Institute||800-247-0179|
|Wentworth Institute of Technology||800-556-0610|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||508-831-5286|
Financial Aid Information
Click this link to enter college name and state: calculate college costs then enter family income range to estimate approximate costs after financial aid
NORTHEAST METRO TECH HS offers either a Financial Aid/College Goal Night in January or Februarywww.fafsaday.org. Students can access financial aid through four sources: Federal, State, College or University, and outside private scholarships.
FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid- www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA form is done online and requires tax and financial information to determine the expected family contribution. All colleges require this form from financial aid applicants. It cannot be filed until after January 1st of the senior year and should be filed as soon as possible after that date. Each state has its own filing deadline date. Students and parents/guardians must apply for a PIN (Personal Identification Number) weeks prior to filling out the FAFSA form.
CSS PROFILE- College Scholarship Service- www.collegeboard.org Colleges Which Require CSS: https://profileonline.collegeboard.org/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv
The FAFSA and CSS Profile are the two primary applications that students and parents complete for the purpose of applying for loans, grants and work-study programs. Families should plan to complete both forms if the student intends to apply to a range of colleges and universities. Some colleges and universities have their own institutional financial aid and scholarship forms.
SCHOLARSHIPS – (Internet sites and NEMRVS scholarships)
ADAMS and KOPLIK SCHOLARSHIPS: Massachusetts State colleges and universities honor the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery, which are awarded based on MCAS scores. These scholarships waive tuition costs only.
Students and families may also search the following websites to identify potential sources of financial aid/scholarships:
Students and families are encouraged to access the following Internet sites to help them with their college searches:
These sites offer services, which ask for student and family information (background, abilities, interests, etc.), and then help students and families to match their information with colleges and programs that may best suit their student’s interests and abilities. If your family does not have access to the Internet at home, a number of resources are available in our library and in the guidance office.
A transfer program between the Massachusetts Community Colleges and Universities. click here for : MassTransfer or enter url: http://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/students/linkedprograms.asp Click here for approved program: Approved MassTransfer programs or enter url: http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/admissions/TransferAdmin/PublicList.asp
The MassTransfer program is available to community college students who are enrolled in approved academic programs. Based on program agreements, any student enrolled in an approved transfer program at a Massachusetts Community College who earns an Associate Degree with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average is eligible and is guaranteed admission to participating state universities (all except Massachusetts College of Art).
MassTransfer students who wish to be admitted to a major that requires specific courses or grades must meet those requirements.
You must complete and submit an INTENT TO ENROLL FORM and transcripts from your community college and high school to the undergraduate Admissions office at the state college or UMASS campus where you plan to enroll.
Enrolling in these programs does not obligate you in any way or prevent you from exploring options at other colleges and universities.
Stop by or call your local community college and ask to speak with either an admissions or transfer counselor.
You can also contact one of the participating colleges or university campuses:
|Bridgewater State University||University of Massachusetts at Amherst|
|Fitchburg State University||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Framingham State University||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|Massachusetts College of Art||University of Massachusetts Lowell|
|Mass Maritime Academy|
|Mass College of Liberal Arts|
|Salem State University|
|Westfield State University|
|Worcester State University|
Students interested in participating in this program should speak with an admissions counselor prior to enrollment at the college of their choice.
The tuition advantage program is an additional benefit for students enrolled in the joint admissions program. This program awards qualified students a waiver for one-third off the in-state tuition rate. The tuition advantage program is not available for summer or evening programs.
You must be a participant in joint admissions, earn the associate degree from your community college, and have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average upon graduation. This entitles you to a 33% reduction on in-state tuition for your first year at a state college or university. To renew the waiver for a second year, you must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
All joint admissions students file an INTENT TO ENROLL FORM when they are ready to transfer to the state college or University campus of their choice. Procedures to claim your tuition advantage benefits vary from college to college. Contact your community college transfer office for specific details.
Many institutions have their own sources of aid, and require their own forms be submitted in addition to federal and/or state financial aid forms. As your student requests application materials from institutions, they should also request financial aid materials including applications. Note the deadlines for these financial aid applications as they may vary from application and other financial aid application deadlines.
If your family does not have access to the Internet resources are available at your local public library.
The admissions standards for the state universities (Salem State, Framingham, Fitchburg, Westfield, Bridgewater, MCLA, Worcester) and the University of Massachusetts system (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell) emphasize a strong academic high school background so that students enter college ready to learn. These standards represent minimum requirements; meeting them does not guarantee admission, since campus officials consider a wide range of factors in admissions decisions. Students shall have fulfilled all requirements for the high school diploma or its equivalent upon enrollment.
It is important to note that admissions standards for the state’s community colleges differ. Community colleges may admit any high school graduate or GED recipient.
SAT SCORES ARE CRITICAL TO ADMISSIONS DECISIONS AND ALL SOPHOMORES OPEN A COLLEGE BOARD ACCOUNT AT NE AND SIGN UP FOR THE QUESTION OF THE DAY AND FREE PRACTICE TESTS ONLINE.
The new admissions standards for freshmen applicants have two main parts:
- 16 required academic courses.
- A minimum required grade point average (GPA) earned in college preparatory courses completed at the time of application.
Applicants must also submit an SAT or ACT score – Use Kuder as guide.
Sixteen college preparatory courses distributed as follows are required. (A course is equivalent to one full school year of study. Courses count toward the distribution only if passed.)
- English 4 courses
- Mathematics 3 courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework)
- Sciences 3 courses (including 2 courses with laboratory work)
- Social Sciences 2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
- Foreign Languages 2 courses (in a single language)
- Electives 2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences
Vocational-technical students must complete 16 college preparatory courses, distributed in the same manner and with the same minimum grade point averages required of other high school graduates, with the following exceptions:
- Two vocational-technical courses may be used to fulfill the two required electives.
- Vocational-technical high school graduates who do not complete the two required college preparatory foreign language courses must complete an additional elective college preparatory course for a total of three such courses, and satisfy one of the following options:
- Complete at least one Carnegie unit of foreign language
- Complete a fourth Carnegie unit of math or science (which need not be a lab course)
- Complete one Carnegie unit of computer science. Note: A Carnegie unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent in a specific subject.
This requirement will remain in effect until the Department of Education (DOE) implements its requirements regarding foreign language study for vocational-technical students. At that time, vocational-technical applicants for admission to UMASS and the state colleges will be required to meet DOE requirements for foreign language study.
NO APPLICANT WITH A HIGH SCHOOL GPA BELOW 2.00 MAY BE ADMITTED TO A STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERISTY CAMPUS
Each state college or UMASS campus to which a student applies will re-calculate the GPA for purposes of applying the admissions standards.
Computer software for use in calculating weighted GPA is available on-line via the Board of Higher Education website www.mass.edu
Minimum Required Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA must be achieved based on all college preparatory courses completed at the time of application and should be weighted for accelerated (Honors or Advanced Placement) courses. Effective Fall 2001 the required minimum weighted high school GPA is 3.0 for the four-year public campuses.
|Effective Date||State College GPA||University GPA|
How to Convert Your GPA to a 4.0 Scale
Colleges report GPA (grade point average) on a 4.0 scale. The top grade is an A, which equals 4.0. This is the standard scale at most colleges, and many high schools use it.
If your high school uses a different or weighted system, you need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale for this tool. Talk to your school counselor or get a rough conversion by substituting these values:
A+ (97-100) = 4.0
A (93-96) = 4.0
A- (90-92) = 3.7
B+ (87-89) = 3.3
B (83-86) = 3.0
B- (80-82) = 2.7
C+ (77-79) = 2.3
C (73-76) = 2.0
C- (70-72) = 1.7
D+ (67-69) = 1.3
D (65-66) = 1.0
E/F (below 65) = 0.0
Universities can be quite large and usually include a liberal arts college, some professional colleges, and graduate programs. This means they can offer the two-year and four-year degrees as well as graduate degrees in advanced studies beyond four years. Universities offer a huge course selection and may have extensive resources. Class size varies, depending on the size of the university, the subject area, and the course level. University professors are usually involved in research. Graduate students, rather than professors, teach some of the classes. (These graduate students are called Teaching Assistants or TAs.)
Colleges offer four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. Some also offer a two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Colleges can be specialized (for example, in nursing) or they can offer a broad curriculum, like the liberal arts which focus on the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Professors see teaching as their primary responsibility. And classes tend to be smaller than those in universities. This provides students with more personal attention and better access to the faculty.
Community or junior colleges offer two-year liberal arts programs or specific career training programs. After completing their studies, students receive a certificate or an associate degree. Many students then transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their education.
Vocational, technical, professional, and trade schools:
These institutions are for students who know exactly what they want to do and have chosen certain specialized occupations. Study programs at these schools prepare students for specific careers and may last weeks, months, or years, depending on career requirements. At these schools, students usually receive a license, a certificate, or an associate degree.
FOUR YEAR COLLEGE
- Application with application fee
- Application deadline
- Must take SATs (see individual college requirements)
- Recommendation letters (Must submit resume when asking for recommendation letters)
TWO YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
- 1 year Certificate or 2 year Associates Degree
- Rolling Admissions
- No SATs but must take ACCUPLACER exam
- No Essay
As you consider cost, keep in mind that public schools are usually less expensive than private schools.
Public schools are supported by the state's taxpayers: students pay 30% or less of the actual cost of education and the state covers the rest. Because residents of the state already support the school through taxes, public schools charge residents (in-state students) less than nonresidents (out-of-state students).
Private schools provide their own funding and tend to be more expensive than public schools. But because they are not tax-supported, private schools also tend to be more innovative in developing college financing plans, tuition assistance programs, and financial aid award packages.
So don't rule out any schools, yet, just because of cost. Often the more expensive schools also offer more financial aid. But do keep in mind, if your financial aid award includes loans, any money you borrow must be repaid.
What do you want to study? Do you have a specific subject in mind, like art or music, or do you want a more general education? Do you want a range of potential majors and study programs? Are you interested in a career that requires professional certification, and does that school provide the necessary training? Do you want to take advantage of special programs, like study abroad and internships?
What does the school require for admission? What does the school look for in prospective students? And what are your chances of being accepted?
Quality of Education:
How much contact do you want with your professors? How much does it matter to you whether professors or graduate students teach your courses? How involved do you want to be in research and in learning outside of the classroom?
How large or small a school you want? Do you prefer large lectures with hundreds of students or small classes with lots of student participation? Do you want to be on a big campus with many majors, an impressive library, and lots to do? Or would you prefer a small college where you know everyone’s name?
What’s the local community like? How safe are the campus and surrounding neighborhoods?
In addition to these and others you come up with, you might also want to consider:
- Percentage of applicants accepted
- Average test scores of the student
- Job placement services
Housing and resources:
If you plan to live on-campus, make sure you check out the quality of dorm life. Find out if housing is guaranteed for returning students. And don’t forget to check on the meal plan – can the school provide for special diet needs?
Does the school offer intramural and varsity sports? How are the sports facilities.
Attend College Nights and Fairs: College nights are especially helpful if you're unable to visit all the schools that interest you.
These events provide an excellent opportunity to talk to many college representatives and gather information. High school counselors know when and where these events are scheduled.
Often those staffing the booths at college fairs are current students or recent graduates. So, have questions prepared about student life, etc.
To make the most of this event, plan ahead. Here are a few tips:
- Find out which colleges will be represented.
- Decide which colleges interest you.
- Prepare a short list of questions.
- Dress appropriately—make a good impression.
- Take notes before moving to the next table.
- Gather brochures and business cards. Allow time to browse.
College Application & Essay:
The college application essay is a chance to explain yourself, to open your personality, charm, talents, vision and spirit to the admissions committee. It’s a chance to show you can think about things and that you can write clearly about your thoughts. Don’t let the chance disappear. Stand up straight and believe in yourself!
The “YOU” question:
Many colleges ask for an essay that boils down to “tell us about yourself.” The school just wants to know you better and see how you’ll introduce yourself. For example:
- “Please complete a one-page personal statement and submit it with your application.”
- How would you describe yourself as a human being? What quality do you like best in yourself and what do you like least? What quality would you most like to see flourish and which would you like to see wither?”
This direct question offers a chance to reveal your personality, insight and commitment. The danger is that it’s open-ended, so you need to focus. Find just one or two things that will reveal your best qualities, and avoid the urge to spill everything.
- Start narrowing down your college choices and/or career ideas.
- Talk with teachers, your counselor, and admissions officers.
- Give recommendation forms/resumes to your counselor and/or teachers EARLY and explain your plans to them.
- Obtain and review college catalogs, admissions, and financial aid materials.
- Begin to investigate which Financial Aid Applications are required at which Colleges. Some colleges have multiple financial aid forms & deadlines.
- Take the Oct SAT exam. Check the registration deadline dates for the Nov and Dec SATs. Do you need to take the SAT Subject tests?
- Register online at www.collegeboard.com/ and check and read all messages on your account.
- MAKE SURE YOU SEND YOUR SAT SCORES TO THE COLLEGES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WITHIN THE DEADLINE, OR YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $10.50 PER SCORE REPORT.
- Visit as many colleges as possible with your parents/guardians and investigate early decision programs. Pay close attention to admission requirements.
- Review your transcript with your counselor.
- Start gathering applications and thinking about application essays. Be creative and informative. Utilize online applications as required by schools.
- Continue to research colleges and majors online using www.kudernavigator.com and the college websites.
- Continue to visit colleges.
- Research scholarship applications on-line and with Mr. Zervas (Scholarship Coordinator).
- Discuss possible military options with recruiters, if interested.
- If you are applying to an “early decision program,” applications are due this month.
- If necessary, retake the MCAS exam.
- Complete applications. MEET ALL DEADLINES.
- Request that the Guidance Office forward transcripts to schools for which you Applied. Transcript requests must be made in writing using a form available in guidance.
- Arrange for any necessary interviews.
- Obtain and prepare specific college financial aid forms, if necessary.
- The January SAT is the LAST CHANCE to take the SAT for many colleges.
- Complete scholarship applications.
- Be sure that all colleges have received complete applications. If you are not sure, follow up with a phone call to the Admissions Office.
- Keep up with your classes and enjoy your activities. Think about career and college choices, but ENJOY your senior year.
- Explore the colleges you have applied to as thoroughly as possible.
- ATTEND FINANCIAL AID NIGHT WITH YOUR PARENTS on 1/25/12 by registering at http://www.fafsaday.com : CLICK REGISTER NOW and sign up for our school's event - Wakefield (Northeast Metro Tech High School)
- Sign up for PIN through at www.pin.ed.gov or when you register for FAFSA DAY.
- Submit federal financial aid form through FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Decision letters arrive – your hard work has paid off! Meet with your counselor to finalize your plans.
- Take advantage of visitation programs. Ask questions so that you can make informed decisions. Reply to colleges. Make acceptance deposit as required.
- Follow up on financial aid packages if you are uncertain or unsatisfied.
- Keep your counselor informed of your acceptances, decisions and scholarship awards.
SAT test information and online registration is available at collegeboard.org.
A limited number of fee waivers are available for students who receive free or reduced lunch. These waivers are distributed on a first come basis.
All students are encouraged sophomore year to create a www.collegeboard.org account in the Career Center and to start utilizing the college research and free study materials on that site. The majority of our students already have an existing account which should streamline the process of registering for the tests. Parents should check with their students prior to opening a duplicate account. Test results are posted on-line and students can compare their scores to admissions requirements for individual schools.
Juniors Class of 2017
It is recommended that college-bound Juniors planning on going to four-year colleges take the SATs this Spring. The cost is $54.50 to take the test (SAT with Essay).
The SATs are offered on Saturday, May 7th and Saturday, June 4th (senior graduation at NE is the night before this test date).
Please make sure before you register online that you check your calendar and pick the correct testing day. The June testing date is the day after our graduation and may be a graduation date in some of your towns. [Should you register for the SATs and have to change the date or location you will be charged a $28.00 fee by the testing board which you can only pay online by debit or credit card.]
Logon to collegeboard.org with your Northeast Username and Password
Answer all questions, at least those with a red *
Say “No” to having a Fee Waiver even if you are eligible just to get to the photo page and upload your picture – you are not going to pay by debit/credit if on fee waiver – we just need to get this far - see ******
Continue and chose a test date and location
Upload your picture
Pay by Debit or Credit Card ******* or If you are on FREE or REDUCED LUNCH – stop there – save your work and see Ms. Mills IMMEDIATELY for a WAIVER- DO NOT PAY IF YOU ARE ON FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH
PRINT OUT YOUR TICKET and check what you must bring for testing day – including 2 official IDs and a graphing or scientific calculator. It is your responsibility to read the 2nd page of your admission ticket and bring the necessary items.
FREE ONLINE STUDY PROGRAM AND SAMPLE EXAMS: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice Go to Khan Academy free exams.
The PSATs are given at Northeast to our juniors during October of each year on a date chosen by the College Board.
The test fee is payable in cash. A limited number of fee waiver vouchers are available on a first come first serve basis for students who receive free or reduced lunch.
REGISTRATION BEGINS MID-SEPTEMBER IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE.
Space is limited.
Results are mailed to Northeast in December. Counselors meet with students to distribute testing results, explain test scores, and discuss options for SAT study plans.
What To Do and When To Do It – Junior School Year
- TAKE PSATs: Offered in October at Northeast Metro Tech (Northeast school code: 222171)
- MCAS: The next administration of the MCAS exam begins in November. MCAS enrichment classes are required for all students who have not passed the English, Math and Science sections of the MCAS Exam. Students are also encouraged to access “homeroom.com” from their home computers for additional MCAS practice.
- Keep up your grades
- Take the SAT Prep tests on www.collegeboard.com
TAKE SATs: SAT I scores are required for consideration at all public four-year colleges (State Colleges and all University of Massachusetts institutions), as well as most private four-year colleges. While two-year, community colleges and junior colleges usually do not require SAT scores, All STUDENTS considering applying to colleges are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take a Spring and Fall SAT exam. Registration materials and practice exams are available in guidance or your student may register on-line at www.collegeboard.com (Northeast school code: 222171).
- ACTs/Subject Tests: Some four-year colleges require students to take the ACT and/or the SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT I exam. Students should review each school’s requirements carefully. If this exam is required, students may access register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org
Junior and Senior Year
Log on to the sites Northeast provides for our students to do college and career planning:
www.kudernavigator.com (your student has an account already set up which will save all their career/college searches and research).
Identify colleges you might want to learn more about.
Some (not all) questions to consider:
- Do you meet the requirements for state schools? Do you want to go full time, part-time?
- Do you have an idea what you would like to study – It’s OK IF YOU DON’T YET!
- Do you want to live at home? Can you afford to live at school and if so, how far away do you want to go?
- Make an appointment with your counselor to help you figure this out!
Check college websites and download / request the following:
- Admissions and course catalogs, application, schedule for guided tours, financial aid information
- LOOK THROUGH THESE MATERIALS, TALK WITH YOUR FAMILIES, TALK WITH YOUR COUNSELOR
- MARK A CALENDAR WITH ALL APPLICATION & FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES.
- Start narrowing down your college choices and/or career ideas.
- Talk with teachers, your counselor, and admissions officers.
- Start gathering applications and thinking about application essays. Be creative and informative.
- Arrange for any necessary interviews.