9th Grade u Get off to a good start academically. Look for ways to develop your interests and talents. 10th Grade u Work hard to keep your grades up. u Be involved in your school and community. 11th Grade u Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. u Begin to seriously research your college options. u Start thinking of your interests and abilities in terms of possible college majors. u Talk to your counselor about your college plans. u Take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring. u Make college visits. 12th Grade u Retake the ACT and/or SAT, if necessary. u Fill out applications. Be aware of deadlines. u Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans, possible majors, financial aid, etc. u If you are applying for financial aid, be sure to submit a FAFSA. fafsa.ed.gov College Timeline