College Planning

Senior Meeting Powerpoint–September 8, 2017

College Entrance Tests

ACT (American College Test)
The ACT test is recommended by many Midwestern colleges and universities. UNO, UNL and UNK Regents scholarships are awarded based upon ACT scores (SAT scores can also be used). Students can register online at www.actstudent.org. Included with the registration process is a student profile in which the student answers many questions. These answers are reported to the college and include items such as size of class, class rank, and grades in certain subjects.

ACT will send score reports to any college the student desires. The first four colleges are included as part of the basic fee. Additional colleges require an additional fee. ACT includes helpful information about each college in the report sent to the student. This information includes how the student’s scores compare to the typical student attending that college, and a prediction of the number of chances in ten the student has to be successful at that college. This is useful information; and for that reason, it is to the student’s advantage to have scores sent to at least three colleges. It is the student’s responsibility to request ACT to send official scores to colleges to which they are applying.

SAT Reasoning Test
The SAT Reasoning test is required by many East and West Coast colleges as well as by many selective colleges. Students must register in advance with the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Students can register online at www.sat.org/register. The SAT Reasoning test is comprised of a verbal and a math section. In addition there is a mandatory writing section on the SAT.

ACT and SAT Test Dates
ACT Test Dates
SAT Test Dates

East High School Code:  281303
East High Test Center Code:  180100

COMPASS Test
The COMPASS test is Southeast Community College’s computer adaptive placement test.  It measures skills in Reading, English, and Mathematics.  The COMPASS test helps determine your placement in Southeast Community College courses.  There is very little pressure as there is no time limit. The computer selects questions for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. It is recommended that students take the COMPASS as soon as you decide to attend SCC.

PSAT Test
(Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
The PSAT test is a pre-SAT I and is available to interested juniors and high achieving sophomores in October. Students must register for this test in the Counseling Center and pay a fee. The PSAT also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for juniors.

Test Prep Courses
ACT Online Prep Test: http://www.actstudent.org/onlineprep/
SAT Online Prep Test: http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice
BAYLOR Test Prep or call 475-PREP
SYLVAN Learning Center – SAT/ACT Test Prep classes…contact Wes Miller at 423-8833 or email at wesmiller@nebraskasylvan.com
LPS PSAT/ACT/SAT Test Prep Workshops contact Linda Geisert if you have any questions at lgeisert@lps.org or call 441-5639. Applications can be downloaded here.
Kaplan Test Prep…contact Stephan Reyes, Program Manager, Kaplan Test Prep, located at 1821 K Street (Lincoln School of Commerce), Lincoln, NE 402-475-7010.
www.Number2.com – Number2.com’s online test preparation courses are totally free! By creating an account you can access a customized course that includes user-friendly tutorials, practice sessions that dynamically adapt to each student’s ability level a vocabulary builder and more.
www.march2success.com – The Army hosts a free online test site and contains well known Peterson’s prep and timed practice tests for ACT/SAT.

Admission Requirements for College
The admission illustration is meant as a general guideline to assist parents and students in planning their high school courses.  It is important to review the admissions information listed in the college catalogs or via computer to determine the specific academic requirements of each institution or department.  College’s admissions officers make every effort to recognize individual differences in student’s academic preparation before making final admissions decisions.

UNL College Admission Requirements
(This example is not intended to market UNL.  It is an illustration to inform seniors about classes required for college.  Requirements are subject to change.)

Category Units Requirements
English 4 All units must include intensive reading and writing experience. Innovative interdisciplinary courses and courses in speech and journalism may be substituted if they include substantial amounts of reading and writing.
Mathematics 4 Must include Algebra I, II, and Geometry, and one additional unit that builds on a knowledge of algebra.
Social Studies 3 At least one unit of american and/or world history and one additional unit of history, american government, and/or geography and a third unit drawn from any social science discipline.
Natural Sciences 3 At least two units selected from biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences. One of the units must include laboratory instruction.
Foreign Language 2 Students who are unable to take two years of foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission. Such students will be required to take two semester of foreign language at the University of Nebraska. These students are still required to complete 16 units of academic courses for admission.

Performance Requirements
In addition to meeting the above core course requirements, students applying for admission to the University should:

  • be ranked in the upper one-half of their high school class or
  • have received an ACT composite score of 20 or higher or
  • have received an SAT total score of 950 or higher

Admission Requirements Courtesy of the LPS Post-High School Planning Guide

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Common Application
The Common Application is a non-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application -online and in print- that students may submit to any of their nearly 300 members. If you are applying to a number of selective colleges, this application can save you valuable time.  For more information on participating colleges and universities and the Common Application go online to www.commonapp.org

Midwest Student Exchange Program
Over 100 colleges in Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota participate in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).  Students from these states pay lower non-resident tuition while attending out-of-state colleges.  To benefit from the program, students must:

  • reside in a MSEP state
  • enroll in a designated program
  • attend a participating out-of-state college
  • be accepted for the MSEP program through the college

For more information go to http://msep.ehec.org

Transfer Nebraska
Nebraska’s higher education institutions have joined together to offer Transfer Nebraska, a one-stop site that provides you with a list of courses that will transfer from one school to another – helping you to plan your future, save time and money, and stay on the path to a degree and successful career.

Features of Transfer Nebraska

  • Easy, quick-click method of seeing whether your courses will transfer
  • Course descriptions that help you see the similarities and differences between courses
  • Multi-year college catalogs to identify the exact course you took in a specific year
  • Course codes, numbers and credits that help you select the right course to take for optimum transfer