19 Consider taking a college practice test To help sophomores prepare for the ACT and SAT, some high 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 counselor will have information on which tests are available at your school. Explore and discuss college options Gather information, talk to your parents and your counselor about college options, go to college fairs, check out college websites, and make informal college visits. Also, start thinking about your interests and abilities in terms of possible college majors. Select appropriate 11th grade courses In the spring, review your four-year high school plan with your parents and your counselor. Select the most appropriate courses for your junior 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 counselor. Plan summer activities Choose meaningful activities for the summer months. Get a paid job, volunteer, and/or take summer classes. Update your “Activities Record” Make sure that all of your sophomore activities and awards are added to your “Activities Record.” Also start saving copies of anything you may want to in- cludewithanadmissionsorscholarshipapplication(artwork,writingsamples, game tapes, newspaper clippings, etc.). Add money to your college savings account College can be expensive. Having money saved will give you more options and reduce your need for loans.