Your Pre-College Inventory is here to help you determine your strengths and interests as they pertain to a potential college major and ultimately a career. The RichardStep Strengths and Weaknesses Aptitude Test (RSWAT) is a tool to help you get a better look at who you really are and how much you could grow. Other links give insight to high school jobs that lead to careers based on your interests and personality.

How to Find the Right College for You

Use these guides to:

  • Learn about some key college search categories.
  • Answer questions to discover what's important to you.
  • Get advice from college students and educators.

4 Ways College Counselors Can Increase Access for Underrepresented Students


KhanAcademy offers free online practice tests for SAT reading, writing, and math exams. This interactive site also explains reasoning behind the correct answers to help students prepare for their tests.

The ACT online test prep guide, with practice questions and optional writing test samples

Navigating the Common Application

The Common Application is accepted by nearly 700 colleges, and for many students is a convenient way to navigate the application process. This site also provides tips on how to fill out the application.

An unprecedented coalition of diverse public and private colleges and universities has come together to improve the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition has developed a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college. The initial iteration of the platform is now available for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school

Tips for Writing a College Essay

Don’t let grades and test scores tell your whole story – the essay gives you a chance to let your personality shine through the paperwork. Admissions counselors cite the essay as the most important part of the application because it allows them to imagine how you would “fit in” on campus.

Starting Gate's Essay Writing Tips

How to “Demonstrate Interest” in College (or why Facebook posts matter)

From your first visit through the entire application process, Admissions officers keep track of your interactions with them. From Facebook likes to thank-you notes it all goes in your file for consideration.

Financial Aid Questions Answered

Yes the forms are overwhelming but help is available. Instructions for completing your financial aid profile are found at these sites. For the first time this year, the financial aid window will open on October 1, and you and your parents will not have to file your 2016 taxes before submitting your application.

6 Ways Colleges and Universities Award Financial Aid

FAFSA Resources for You and Your Students

For Shippers (International Students)

Talking About TOEFL

Free Sample TOEFL reading, listening, speaking, structure, and vocabulary tests are available at these sites.

International students are not eligible for U.S. federal and state scholarships, but that doesn’t mean they have to go it alone. Both these sites focus on funding only for international students attending college in the United States.

Campus visits are often cost-prohibitive for international students, so essays become even more important. Examples of essays written by accepted international students are found here.

This handy pocket guide is a trusted source to help in the application process

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