Prepare – Testing & HS Résumé

The good news about college preparation – everyone is going through it, not just you. Advanced preparation is encouraged to ensure a smooth application process and to reduce unnecessary stress. We want you to feel confident that you have put your best foot forward. This page contains great information for testing and registration deadlines, college prep classes and serves as an overall pre-college resource to make sure you end high school on a high note.

Arizona Career Information System (AZCIS)

Go to https://azcis.intocareers.org and create a personal account so you can college and career exploration as well as create a resume. For now use the following:
username: azsarts
password: 4azcis02

Creating an account

  • Once logged in (see above), Go to Create My Education Career Action Plan (ECAP)
  • go to “New Users” and click on Create My Education Career Action Plan 
  • create an account and make sure to write down your password in case you forget

Creating a Resume

  • Click on the “Employment” tab towards the top
  • Go to “Resume Creator”
  • Choose the type of category you will need. Is it employment, volunteer work, awards, etc.?
  • Fill in the fields and click “save information”

WHEN YOU ARE DONE FILLING IN YOUR INFORMATION, PRINT YOUR RESUME BY CLICKING ON “CREATE RESUME.” 

  • Go to “format and create resume”
  • Select “Build your own,” “include dates in resume,” and “do not include references or statement.
  • It is optional to create an objective or summary
  • Select what you want on your resume
  • no need to save options at this point
  • for the “Output Format”, select RTF(MSWord, OpenOffice)
  • now click “Create Resume”
  • you should get a pop- up to then save and print

GIVE A COPY OF YOUR RESUME TO COLLEGE COUNSELOR AND YOUR TEACHERS WHO ARE WRITING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU.

Testing

Testing Dates and Registration Deadlines

Please see the following links to access registration dates:
SAT Test Dates and Registration
SAT – Services for those with Disabilities
ACT Test Dates
ACT Account Set Up for Registration
ACT Services for those with disabilities

Additional fees apply if you register late or make changes to your test type, center or date after registering.

The NEW SAT

The Class of 2017 will experience a NEW SAT. When they take the PSAT in October , they will be taking the new PSAT that lines up with the NEW SAT starting in March.

To get started, please take a look at the following Powerpoint to get an overview of the changes and the timeline for our students.

The NEW SAT
Special Resources for the Class of 2017

All SAT and ACT test scores will be reported ONLY through the testing centers.  When registering for the SAT and/or the ACT you will have a place to type in the names of the colleges/universities where you want your test scores to be sent.  As soon as test scores are available, scores will automatically be sent to those institutions that you indicated.

If you did not indicate which college(s) to send your scores to then you can request them later for a fee.  Some colleges will then receive them electronically and some through the mail.  Give yourself at least two weeks for a college that is receiving scores through the mail, from the test center.

If you do not know what colleges to put down on the test form, at least send your scores to your state school(s) of choice.

Test Preparation

There are a few ways to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT depending on your level of need and your budget.  From practicing on the internet for free to meeting in a small group setting, there is something for everyone.  Whatever you decide, do some form of preparation.  Here are some links for you to learn about your options.

SAT Practice Website
ACT Practice Website

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep Has videos to follow and has a full SAT test. FREE

Prep Factory  – Practice tests and test taking strategies. You can also identify more specifically the skill that you should focus on. The link is for ASA students only. FREE

Linda Edgar Tutoring is a local run business by an ASA Alumni parent and has been quite popular and effective for preparation for either the SAT or ACT.  It is  a small group atmosphere. $$

The SAT Compass offers a comprehensive prep course that covers the math, critical reading, and writing sections of the SAT. It is taught by David Kenton (ASA’s own Algebra and Geometry teacher) and Rina Kenton (an English teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience). Multiple courses are offered in the Spring and Fall. $$

Princeton Review has both online and local test centers. $$$

How to Colleges Use my Scores?

What is a Super Score – When colleges compile your highest scores in each test section, regardless of test dates, into one “super score.”

List of Colleges and How they use the SAT – How do they use my scores?

List of Colleges and How They Use the ACT – How do they use my scores?

Prep for the PSAT – Resources

College Board

Go to Khan Academy and take a practice NEW SAT, which will assess the same skills as the PSAT. There you can watch a video to understand how to take the test and understand strategies. FREE

The NEW PSAT

What’s the New PSAT All About?

Practice

NEW PSAT Prep Books 

How to understand your new PSAT scores.   In January, PSAT scores will come out. Students will receive a copy of their scores in one of their classes and a teacher will go over how to understand them. Click on the link if you want to read a little more about scores.

Potential Scholarships from PSAT scores

National Merit Scholarship

National Hispanic Scholar

Colleges Offering Full or Partial Tuition scholarships for National Merit Finalists.

 College Match Maker list