Your junior year is a great time to explore the possibilities ahead of you - whether those possibilities include college, travel, or a career. Now is the time to ask questions about your future, use California Colleges, shadow a job, research and visit colleges .Your junior year is the last complete year that colleges may review, so it's important to maintain good grades. Keep in close touch with your counselor about your grades and course selection. Visit the counseling website and your class page frequently for updated information


August - September

  • Use California Colleges to research the admissions qualifications and acceptance history, including GPA and test scores, for the college(s) of your choice. Review your academic record, determine any areas in which you may need to improve, and get suggestions on how to strengthen your candidacy for the schools you are considering.
  • Maintain or improve your grades. Colleges look closely at your 11th grade year, including grades and courses taken.
  • Review the schedules for the SAT and SAT Subject Test, ACT with Writing, and AP exams, and create a tentative testing timeline for yourself. Determine if you should take these exams and how they could benefit you. If so, register early and prepare for the exams you decide to take. SAT and ACT are not required for community college. The earliest you should take the SAT or ACT with Writing is January or February. See your counselor if you have questions about when the best time for you take these exams is.
  • Register for the PSAT exam offered in October. The 11th grade PSAT score counts toward the National Achievement Program (and it is good practice for the SAT). By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, you may qualify to enter the competitions for prestigious scholarships and participate in recognition programs.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities that you truly enjoy. This is important not only because discovering your passions is a significant part of life, but also because college admission representatives seek candidates that have direction or an identified passion, and use their time in a valuable manner.

October - November

  • Attend local college programs or college nights, attend college visits in the RBV College & Career Center. Notices are posted through Remind and the Counseling Website.
  • Attend the Junior Counseling Presentation/California Colleges Lesson. This presentation will give you tips on how to best prepare for college application process in 12th grade, and discuss other post- high school options.
  • Consider going on campus tours at colleges of interest. You and your parent(s) may want to visit the colleges and universities during breaks and summer vacation, so that you do not miss school, however you may get a better feel for the college's student climate if you visit the campus while students are in session.

December - January

  • Scores from the October administration of the PSAT will be returned. Review your results in order to identify your strengths and to determine the areas that you may need to improve. Depending on the results, you may want to consider further preparation before taking the SAT. CollegeBoard offers free test preparation on their website.
  • Note each college application deadline and which tests are required. Make sure you take required tests early enough for colleges to receive official test scores. Take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring to allow you time to review your results and re-take the exams in the fall of 12th grade, if necessary.
  • Update your résumé, game plan and take the career and personality tests in California Colleges.
  • Use the Scholarships link on the Counseling website to look for scholarship opportunities.
  • If appropriate, take the SAT. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.

February - March

  • Use the college search tools under the colleges tab in California Colleges. This is a great way to search for colleges that fit the criteria you are looking for (location, size, cost, majors offered, admissions rates, etc...)
  • If you haven't already, favorite (using the little heart button) schools your interested in so you can refer back to them in California Colleges.
  • This will help you keep track of colleges and universities of interest and reduce stress in the 12th grade college application process.
  • Look for and plan to attend local college nights and college fairs in the community.
  • If appropriate, take the SAT and/or ACT with Writing. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.

April - May

  • Take the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams if you have taken any AP or IB classes.
  • Consider taking a summer course at a local community college or at a college or university that offers a program that genuinely interests you. This may require some research. Summer course catalogs can be found online on the individual community colleges websites.
  • If appropriate, take the SAT and/or ACT with Writing. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.


  • If appropriate, take the SAT and/or ACT with Writing. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.
  • Continue to look for scholarship opportunities

Summer before Senior Year

  • If you are able, go on campus tours at colleges and universities of interest.
  • Based on your test results, determine if it is necessary for you to re-take SAT or ACT in 12th grade.
  • Start rough drafts of personal essay and short answer portions of college applications, and update your résumé of extracurricular activities and accomplishments.
  • If you able, seek employment or possibly an internship.