20 If your child’s grades aren’t what they should be, now is the time to bring them up. Colleges like to see improvement. 11th Grade Advising Your Junior The junior year is when students need to seriously begin examining theircollegeoptions.Juniorsshouldtakecollegetests,schedulecollege visits, and start searching for scholarships. Continue to monitor academic progress Since most college applications are completed in the fall of a student’s senior year,astudent’sjunioryeargradesaretypicallythelastgradesonthetranscript that’s submitted with his/her application. Make sure your child understands the importance of junior year grades. Encourage involvement Continue to encourage involvement in meaningful activities. Also encourage your child to look for opportunities to take a leadership role. Have your child register for the PSAT/NMSQT in September All college bound juniors should take the PSAT/NMSQT. Students generally register for this test through their guidance/counseling office. Explore college options Juniors need to be thinking about what they’re looking for in a college. They also need to be learning as much as they can about the colleges they’re considering. Spend time helping your child explore his/her college options. Make sure your child registers for the ACT and/or SAT All college bound students should take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of their junior year. Make college visits The junior year is a great time to visit colleges. See page 13 for college visit tips.