22 12th Grade Advising Your Senior The senior year is when students see the rewards of their hard work and planning. But with everything that’s going on, this can be a stress- ful year for both students and parents. Help your senior set priorities, clarify goals, and submit applications on time. Continue to monitor academic progress Students sometimes think that senior grades aren’t im- portant. This is not true. Colleges often ask to see first semester senior grades, and at the end of the year, high schools forward final transcripts (with senior grades) to the colleges their students plan to attend. Help set up a calendar for the year Encourage your child to use this calendar to record test dates, college visita- tion days, application deadlines, etc. Have your child sign up for the first ACT or SAT, if necessary Review your child’s previous scores and help him/her decide whether or not to take a fall ACT and/or SAT. Students need to register for October test dates in early September. Colleges view test scores differently. Some colleges are looking for very high test scores; others use test scores more for placement than admissions. If your child is interested in a competitive college or program, or if he/she is trying to get a scholarship, having high test scores can be very important. For advice on whether your child should retake the ACT and/or SAT, talk to your child’s counselor or call the college admissions office. Help your child turn his/her “Activities Record” into a resume A one-page resume listing your child’s education goals, GPA, class rank, activi- ties, academic achievements, and unique experiences can be very helpful to anyone writing a recommendation. This resume can also be given to college admissions officers when making a college visit.