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The college application process is just that, a process. For a student to go through this process well and to obtain the greatest benefit from it, the process must begin in the Senior 1 year. (Students in the United States will often have started this well before high school.) This timeline will be updated from time to time.
The following timeline is in chronological order. It begins with the Senior 1 year and works forward to the Senior 3 year. All students and their families should go through this carefully from beginning to end, to ensure they have completed each step. Senior 3 students for the Class of 2016 should focus on the section on the Senior 3 year.
Technology Note: Due to the demands placed on the internet and servers the day applications are due, we strongly suggest that students submit their applications before the due date. Deadlines missed due to technological problems are deadlines missed. Colleges and universities have no obligation to extend deadlines.
Note on Standardized Tests: We recommend that a student have an official (not a practice) SAT/ACT score no later than the winter of the Senior 2 year. This score will guide the student in his or her scheduling of future tests. An SAT score of 2000 or above provides greater options, as does an ACT score above 26. Of course, the higher score the better. We strongly suggest that a student NOT take a standardized test more than 3 times, with the exception of the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL score ideally should be above 100, with each section above 23.
Note on Early Action and Early Decision. For Early Action or Early Decision (ED) applications, a student must take the SAT/ACT no later than October of his or her Senior 3 year. For Regular Decision (RD) applications, the deadline is the December before the applications are due. In any case, it is the responsibility of the student to know the testing deadlines for all the schools to which he or she is applying. This is found on the individual schools’ admission office websites.
Note on Email. Students in all years should be in the habit of checking their school email accounts daily.
Senior 1 Students
Develop and practice strong study and classroom habits, which include consistent speaking and interacting with others in the classroom, as well as asking questions, all in English. Develop English skills as quickly and intensively as possible. Do a lot of outside reading in English. This does not have to be academic reading, but reading that increases vocabulary and overall understanding of and familiarity with the English language. Begin to ask yourself self-assessment questions: What sort of person am I? What do I think is important? What are my strengths and weaknesses? What motivates me? What are my values? What am I interested in and why? How do I think? Keep a journal on Naviance of your thoughts. Students should ask themselves their own questions. Some of this will be done through the Naviance Curriculum and Personal Development Plan advisory program. Naviance, under Family Connection provides several self-assessments under the “About Me” link.
Begin to attend meetings with college representatives.
Note: Senior 1 students are not advised to work on standardized test preparation.
Senior 2 Students
Summer before Senior 2 Year:
Academic programs, internships, community service, independent/guided research. Begin studying for standardized tests.
Fall of Senior 2 Year:
Begin regular and intensive standardized-test preparation: SAT, ACT and TOEFL.
Have an official score for your standardized tests before the Spring Festival. While students may take exam-prep courses offered by private companies, PKUS has invested in the PrepMe function on Naviance. This online service, available to all students for free who have a Naviance account, is designed let a student know his or her exam strengths and weaknesses, and to provide a custom study plan based on diagnostic tests.
Continue to ask self-assessment questions throughout this year, but more intensively and in greater depth. What sort of person am I? What do I think is important? What motivates me? What are my values? How do I think? What am I interested in and why? What are my strengths and weaknesses? Continue to add these to your Naviance journal pages. Students should ask and answer their own questions too.
Be sure to begin attending meetings with college admissions representatives.
January – Spring of Senior 2 Year:
Standardized tests, if necessary or advised.
Ask teachers whether they can and will write letters of recommendation for you.
Learn how to research colleges and universities.
Correspond with students you know who are already studying abroad and find out from them their impressions and advice.
Begin to do in-depth college research. Students should be able to present a near-final list of schools to counselors before the end of the Senior 2 academic year. Get on the mailing lists from any schools you may be interested in. Demonstrating early interest in a school is a good thing to do.
Senior 3 Students
Summer before Senior 3 Year:
Summer before Senior 3 year to Early October of Senior 3 Year. Begin to collect, organize and write any essays for individual colleges and universities.
Be sure that your Naviance pages have the following information: a portrait photo less than 500kb in size; Parent Information, including current email and complete home/postal address and phone number; a resume for activities beginning your Junior 3 year.
Continue to research colleges and universities. Research programs, faculty (what they teach, research interests, courses taught), student research opportunities, internship opportunities, graduate-school placement and so forth. It is very important to read student blogs on admissions websites. This way you get to know the personality or character of a school and its students. You learn what kind of student goes to a school and how he or she got there. Having this information can help you decide whether a school may be a good “fit.”
The Common Application becomes “Live” in early August. If a student chooses to register at that time, he or she must use the school email address. Once you create an account, stop. You may find the Common Application essay prompts under the “Writing” link on the main menu.
SAT, SAT II, TOEFL, ACT are available if necessary.
Make good use of your summer: Academic programs, internships, community service, independent/guided research.
Fall – December of Senior 3 Year:
Early September of Senior 3 Year. Be sure to give your college recommendations to the College Counseling Office. On the Common Application you will want to rank your recommendation letters: first, second, third. If you can only send one, which one? If only two, which two? Register for the Common Application. Present to your counselor a well researched list of colleges and universities for discussion. Correspond with students already studying abroad and find out from them their impressions and advice. By this time you should already have completed a draft of your Common Application essay if the topics are available.
October of Senior 3 Year. SAT, SAT II, TOEFL (Check College Board and ETS calendars for dates.) While students may take exam-prep courses offered by private companies, PKUS has invested in the PrepMe function on Naviance. This online service, available to all students for free who have a Naviance account, is designed let a student know his or her exam strengths and weaknesses, and to provide a custom study plan based on diagnostic tests. AP exams are optional. Students are admitted to top colleges and universities without having taken any AP exams. If a student is motivated to take one or more AP exam, this is good, but the AP exam should not be a top priority. Some schools have October ED/EA/Priority deadlines. Submit final ED/EA list of schools to college counselor. Finalize all ED/EA application essays for the Common Application and individual schools. Any essays for these schools should be near completion.
November 1 of Senior 3 Year. ED/EA (Early Decision/Early Action) applications are due.
December of Senior 3 Year. Last month to take SAT/ACT for RD deadlines.
January – Late Spring of Senior 3 Year:
RD (Regular Decision) applications are due. Keep in mind if this overlaps with the Spring Festival, the school is closed. There will be no one available to help with last-minute details.
Students must ensure that the requirements for any and all conditional acceptances are fulfilled, often these may be language / TOEFL requirements.
Students and their families must ensure that financial matters are under control and that the process to apply for a student visa has started soon after they receive their I-20.
Upon being accepted into schools, students should stay in steady contact with admissions offices and, when necessary, financial aid offices to get answers to any ongoing questions or concerns they may have.
Students must replace their school address on their Naviance account with a personal or college/university account.
1月 至 高三的晚春
高三的10月上旬至中旬 完成所有早申请（EA/ED）的申请文书终稿，包括Common Appilcation 上的，以及学校分别要求的。
高三的10月份 SAT，SATII，TOEFL（查询College Board 和ETS的考试日历）。学生可能会参加一些私营公司提供的考试准备课程，北大附中已经在Naviance上面投资了PrepMe功能。学生只要有Naviance账户，就可以使用这项在线服务功能了。通过PrepMe，学生可以了解自己在这些考试方面的强项和弱项，在诊断测试的基础上制定有针对性地学习方案。AP 考试是可选项目。没有参加过任何AP考试的学生也会被顶尖的文理学院和大学录取。如果学生想参加一门或者两门AP考试，那很好。但是，不应该把AP考试当成一个最重要的因素。
高三的9月初 确认把你申请大学的推荐信交给附中的大学申请办公室。在Common Application 上，把几封推荐信排好序：第一封，第二封，第三封。如果只能递交一封，是那一封？如果是两封的话，是哪两封？
高三的9月初 在Common Application 完成注册。向你的升学辅导员提交一个经过认真考虑的大学名单，进行讨论。联络那些已经在国外上学的同学，听取他们对学校的印象和建议。到此时为止，如果Common Application 已经公布了文书题目，你应该已完成了Common Application文书的初稿。
高三前的暑假 至 高三的10月初 开始收集素材，构思并且撰写不同大学要求的申请文书。
8月初，Common Application 就可以使用了。如果你在此时注册，务必使用学校的邮箱。一旦你创建了一个账户，停下来。你会发现Common Application 文书要求在主菜单的“写作”链接下面。
如有需要，参加SAT，SATII， TOEFL，ACT 考试。
开始问自己一些自我评估的问题：我是怎样的一个人？我认为什么是重要的？我有哪些强项和弱项？什么东西激励我？我认为什么是有价值的？我对什么事情感兴趣？为什么？我是如何思考的？把你的想法记录在Naviance上面。学生还应该问一些自己想的问题。通过Naviance的课程及个人发展计划的建议项目，能够完成一部分内容。在家庭联系项（Family Connection）下，Naviance 通过“关于我（About Me）”的链接，提供几种自我评估。