January 27, 2016: College Placement Tests

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:49 PM by Kristin Hannon
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
January 27, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Snow Leopards,

One of the parts of the college admissions process that I’m sure you haven’t enjoyed is all the tests-- SAT, ACT, Smarter Balanced, AP, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice if all that testing was finished now that you’ve applied? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many of you will face another round of college testing this spring.

This week’s focus is college placement tests.

Colleges use placement tests in subjects like math and English to make sure they place you in the right level of classes when you start. Placement tests are used by community colleges, CSUs, UCs, and even some private schools, but each system has its own set of tests. It’s important to give your best effort on any college placement tests you take, because you could end up wasting extra time and money in remedial college classes if you don’t do well on them.

The most important tests to be aware of right now are the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics exam (ELM) used by the CSU system. Not every incoming student needs to take these tests; some of you are exempt based on scores on your SAT/ ACT or last year’s Smarter Balanced test. However, if you are not exempt, you will need to take the EPT and/or ELM at a CSU campus this spring. If you’re unsure of your status, check your portals and talk to your mentor.

Some CSU campuses require that you take the EPT/ ELM as early as the March 19th test date. Spaces will fill up at our local CSU campuses where the test is offered, so make sure you register soon. You can find information on how to register for the exams here. Your Summit Reads/ Solves teachers will be supporting your test preparation with practice questions and topics to review before the exams.

The UC system also has a placement test called the Analytical Writing Placement Exam. Some of you will also be exempt from this exam based on previous test scores, but you will want to check your communications from the UC system in April to find out if you need to take the AWPE.

No matter what the colleges on your list are, there’s a good chance that college placement tests are in your near future. Be on the lookout for any information you receive from colleges about placement tests and do not ignore the messages. This is another important step in your admissions process.

Respectfully,


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness
khannon@summitps.org

 
Jan 31 recommended deadline to submit the FAFSA or Dream Application 
   

Silicon Valley Community Fund Scholarships Now Open! 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of our scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties. Since 2007, our scholarship programs have awarded more than $11.2 million to help students pursue higher education.

Find a Silicon Valley Community Fund scholarship you can apply for byclicking here

Scholarship Opportunities

JLV College Counseling Scholarships with January 2016 Deadlines
Who can apply: varies by scholarship
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: JLV College Counseling
Deadline: throughout January 2016

Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement
Who can apply: U.S. citizens of any ethnic background with at least a 3.4 unweighted GPA
Amount of the award: up to $2000
Information/Application: APCA Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2016

PG&E Employee Resource Groups Scholarships
Who can apply: varies by specific resource group
Amount of the award: up to $3,000
Information/Application: PG&E Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline: February 1, 2015

Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are interested in studying engineering and meet GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Engineering Scholars Flyer
Deadline: February 3, 2016

Cesar Chavez Scholarship
Who can apply: students demonstrating financial need and community involvement
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Chavez Family Vision
Deadline: February 5, 2016

PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who live in a PG&E service area
Amount of the award: $20,000 per year
Information/Application: PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Deadline: February 9, 2015

The Dream.Us Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are DACA eligible or approved
Amount of the award: up to $25,000
Information/Application: The Dream.US Scholars
Deadline: February 15, 2016

Chen Foundation Scholarship Program
Who can apply: high school seniors who are low income, planning to attend a CSU or CA community college, and have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0
Amount of the award: $2,000 (renewable)
Information/Application: Chen Foundation
Deadline: February 29, 2016

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: $500- $5,000
Information/Application: HSF General College Scholarships
Deadline: March 30, 2016
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