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Monthly updates from the PHS Counseling Department

 

PSAT's - The 2020 PSAT/NMSQT exam will be administered in person for all 10th and 11th grade students at Penncrest High School on Wednesday, October 14th, from 7:30 am until approximately 12:15 pm.  No registration or payment is necessary. Transportation will be provided for all test-takers. Ninth and twelfth grade students will access their classes asynchronously and should not report to school on Wednesday, October 14th.  For more detailed information about testing day and resources including information about free PSAT practice and the Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT 2020, click HERE.   

 

Senior Class Meetings & College Application Process - On Thursday, September 10th, counselors met with their respective seniors via a Zoom meeting.  The college application process was discussed with particular attention given to accessing college applications, understanding application deadlines, using Naviance, requesting transcripts, requesting recommendations, reporting SAT/ACT scores and information about test optional schools.  Seniors must reach out to their counselors by email or phone with questions.  All required forms must be submitted by email to your school counselor.  Be sure to view the attached slide presentation for more information and review all of the material on this webpage under, "College Application Prep".  Very detailed directions and forms are located here.  Students should read through all related material provided to gather information needed to navigate through this application process as smoothly as possible.  Click HERE for the senior meeting and college application slide presentation.   

 

Common Application - View this youtube video on selecting your choice in deadline date options for each college listed on your Common Application (i.e. regular decision, early action, early decision) and other information about submitting your common application prior to the colleges' deadlines: Common Application Tips.  Also, view How To Match Your Common Application and Naviance Accounts

 

College Representative Visits - Click HERE for tips on meeting with college representatives who will visit Penncrest High school this fall.   

 

Application Bootcamp for Seniors - Let's get moving on these college applications seniors! This is an exciting time in your life and a moment that probably quickly sneaked up on you.  Please keep in mind that your school counselors are here to help you.  In order to assist you with your college applications and other items related to the college application process, counselors have developed this PowerPoint presentation.  Please read through each slide as you navigate through this process during the summer and fall.  At the start of the school year, counselors will provide seniors with additional information about the role of their Naviance account during this process.  Also, view "College Application Prep" on the guidance website for additional information and instructions.   Please plan to meet with your individual counselor for additional assistance when we return to school.  

 

Junior Class Meetings - Counselors met with the junior class via Zoom on September 21, 2020. If you were unable to attend your counselor's junior class meeting, view the Junior Class Meeting slides for useful information to guide you through this school year including preparing for the college admissions process and SAT/ACT preparation and planning.

 

Sophomore Class Meetings - Counselors met with the sophomore class via Zoom meetings on September 15, 2020.  If you were unable to attend your counselor's sophomore class meeting, view the Sophomore Class Meeting slides for useful information to guide your through this school year.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your individual school counselor.  Our contact information is on our welcome page.  

 

AP Exams 2021 -  AP exams will be offered on May 3-14th, 2021.  Registration is taking place now.  View the following links for registration information:  Registration Directions and My School Bucks Registration Instructions.  The registration and payment deadline is October 23, 2020.  For questions about AP Exams Registration, contact Mrs. Douglass-Garrett at hdouglass@rtmsd.org. 

 

College Planning and the COVID-19 Crisis - To assist students, particularly juniors, in navigating the college admissions process including college searches, testing,test preparation, college "visitations" through virtual tours or college Q&A sessions, as well as coping with the stress of our current situation, the counseling department has developed this PowerPoint presentation.  Click  here to view.  In addition to viewing this slide show presentation, students should contact their school counselor to schedule their junior interview if not completed as of yet.  

 

Kaplan SAT Prep at Penncrest High School - In light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments, Penncrest High School and Kaplan want to ensure that you feel confident and have the tools necessary to be successful on test day - whenever that may be. Penncrest High School was scheduled to have an SAT Prep class, starting on 4/25. That class will still happen, but in a Zoom classroom where there is no danger of exposure to the virus. Zoom classes enable our instructors to mimic the in-person sessions that we are unable to run at this time. With Zoom instruction, you will have the ability to answer questions using voice or chat and you can be on camera to allow for personal connection.

To register visit: kaptest.com/class/SMKM20015P or call 1.800.KAP.TEST (1.800.527.8378).

 

AP Exam Dates -  AP exams will be offered on May 3-14th.  Registration is taking place now.  View the following links for registration information:  Registration Directions and My School Bucks Registration Instructions.  The registration and payment deadline is October 23, 2020.  For questions about AP Exams Registration, contact Mrs. Douglass-Garrett at hdouglass@rtmsd.org. 

Naviance Login Changes -  Due to new privacy laws, Naviance changed the log-in requirements for students. This change did not affect parent accounts.  Click HERE to view the new Naviance login precedures. If you have any questions or difficulties accessing your Naviance account, please email your counselor or schedule an appointment. 

 

Attention JuniorsRevolution Prep offers free webinars with information about understanding the college admissions process, college athletics, and much more. To register for one or more webinars, please access the flier for registration information HERE or see your school counselor for a flier. 

 

SAT and ACT Test Preparation - Revolution Prep offers SAT and ACT Test Preparation for spring testing.  Click the link for more detailed information about dates, times, cost, and how to register:  SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

PSAT Score Reports -  All sophomores and juniors who took the 2019 PSAT in October now have access to their scores online and with the paper score report, along with the student’s test booklet returned to them prior to winter break. To access scores online after December 10th, please follow the link below: 

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/getting-scores

This link has a helpful video to walk you through the steps to retrieve your scores. **Important: When setting up your College Board Account, do NOT use your school email address. Please use your personal email address to complete your registration. For more information about your scores, and to set up your SAT prep program through the Khan Academy, please use the link below:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/student-score-reports

Questions? Please see your school counselor. 

 

Common Application - View this youtube video on selecting your choice in deadline date options for each college listed on your Common Application (i.e. regular decision, early action, early decision) and other information about submitting your common application prior to the colleges' deadlines: Common Application Tips

 

College Fairs - Meet college admissions representatives at local college fairs. Click here for information about local fairs: College Fairs