19 Encourage involvement Help your child find meaningful activities, both in and out of school. Talk to your child about taking a college practice test TohelpstudentspreparefortheACTandSAT,somehigh schools offer the PSAT 10 or PreACT. Many sophomores also take the PSAT/NMSQT for practice, even though this test is primarily for juniors. Your child’s counselor will have information on which tests are available at your school. Explore and discuss college options Gather information, go to college fairs, and make informal college visits. Encourage your child to start thinking about his/her interests and abilities in terms of possible college majors. Help select appropriate 11th grade courses In the spring, review your child’s four-year high school plan and help select the most appropriate courses for the following year. Consider dual credit courses Many high schools have programs that enable students to take courses for both high school and college credit. For information on dual credit course options, talk to your child’s school counselor. Discuss summer activities Help your child find productive activities for the summer months (e.g., paid work, volunteering, summer classes). Update your child’s “Activities Record” Make sure that all sophomore activities and awards are added to your child’s “ActivitiesRecord.”Alsoencourageyourchildtostartsavingcopiesofanything he/she might want to include with an admissions or scholarship application (artwork, game tapes, writing samples, newspaper clippings, etc.). Add money to your college savings account Having money saved will give your child more options and reduce the need for loans.