Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Encourage your child to follow this basic college timeline. For additional information and advice, talk to your child’s counselor. 9th Grade  Work hard to get good grades. Your freshman grades will be on your transcript—and used to figure your GPA.  Get involved in school and community activities. 10th Grade  Take college prep courses.  Consider taking a college practice test if one is offered at your school.  Develop your skills and talents. 11th Grade  Research your college options.  Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.  Take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring.  Meet with your counselor to discuss college plans.  Make college visits in the spring and summer. 12th Grade  Take the ACT and/or SAT in the fall, if necessary.  Complete college applications.  If you need help paying for college, complete a FAFSA.  In the spring, compare offers and make a decision. Timeline