Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3415 u Courses taken Four-year colleges look very carefully at the courses students take in high school. They want to make sure that students are taking the recommended college prep courses. u ACT/SAT scores Most four-year colleges require that students take either the ACT or the SAT before they apply. Students usually take these tests in the spring of their junior year. The best way to prepare for the ACT and SAT is to take college prep courses in high school. u Other considerations When deciding whether to accept a student, colleges look at more than a student’s academic record. They also consider a student’s activities, awards, talents, and personal qualities. In order to learn more about a student’s character and abilities, colleges may ask for letters of recommendation from the student’s counselor and/or teachers. u High school transcript Much of the information that colleges look for can be found on a student’s high school transcript. All colleges request that students submit a transcript with their application for admission. A transcript is basically a copy of a student’s high school academic record. Although the information included on a transcript varies from school to school, high school transcripts often include the fol- lowing information: u courses, grades, and credits for each semester completed u current GPA and class rank u expected graduation date u test scores The sample transcript on the next page will give you an idea of what a high school transcript might look like.