Ditto to freshman year, but the stakes are gradually getting higher. On the horizon you’ll see standardized tests approaching, college visits, and much, much more.
- Take the PSAT. The PSAT is the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Qualifying test. It’s a test to see how you’re going to test later on the SAT, and colleges will not see your results so don't panic if you score poorly. However, students who perform well are eligible to receive National Merit scholarships.
- Refine your route. Look ahead to classes you might want to take in 11th or 12th grade, and make sure you work in any prerequisites.
- Find a balance. You want to strive for the best possible grades, in a program level that challenges you appropriately; however, overtaxing yourself will lead to an underwhelming performance.
- SAT Subject tests. If you’re in an honors level course, consider taking an SAT Subject Test. If you’re in an AP class, take the AP Exam. Many schools require these exams in their admission processes and exams occur in May/June.
- Are you an athlete or have another talent? Talk with coaches and teachers to gauge your abilities in these areas. If you are talented enough this may potentially play an important role in your college process.
- Attend the Sophomore CC Parent night. The College Counseling office will host a sophomore college counseling night for parents in the spring, be there.
- Make the most of your summer. Find opportunities that complement your academic/extracurricular interests. Take some advice from the Dean of Admission at Harvard—colleges want interesting students, so be interesting! For a list of summer programs LFA students have attended in the past go to Outside Opportunities.