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Countdown to College - Sophomore Year

Continue to take challenging classes while in high school. In addition to your GPA, colleges look at the type of classes listed on your transcript.



Prepare yourself for Standardized Testing:

PSAT - The PSAT is also offered in October.  It is a preliminary SAT test and also serves as the qualifying test for National Merit Scholars if you take it your junior year.  You can sign up to take it in the main office.
EOIs - End of Instruction tests are administered in seven courses.  Students must pass four of seven EOIs to meet graduation requirements.   

ACT - If you are interested in enrolling in concurrent classes your junior year, you MUST have a certain ACT score (colleges will look at your composite score as well as subject area scores for the classes you are interested in taking).  Take the February test in order to get your scores in time to enroll for fall classes.



Keep track of any honors, awards, and volunteer activities throughout your high school career (including summer activities).  Compile a running list so that when you are filling out college applications and scholarship applications you will have that information easily assessable and won't leave anything important out!


As you begin the second semester of your sophomore year, look ahead to your next year of high school.  If you are interested in attending Gordon Cooper as a junior, listen to announcements regarding their application process.  If you plan to take concurrent classes, you need to take the ACT early enough to have your scores back by the time colleges are pre-enrolling for the fall semester.
Extracurricular Activities
Try joining any of the various clubs SHS has to offer: Art Club, Key Club, Chess Club, Writers' Block, Robotics, Genesians, FFA...the possibilities are endless! A
etics is a great way to stay in shape, learn proper time management, gain new friendships, and relieve your mind from school day stress. If you love sports, continue playing the sport(s) you played last year, or consider trying out for other sports. Select activities that you truly enjoy and consider running for a leadership position in your favorite activities. 
Always try to maintain a balance between your schoolwork and your extracurricular activities. You will stress yourself out if you are too involved!