The Quick Timeline

A short reference guide to make sure you're on the right track


Plan strategy to meet college entrance requirements.


Take PSAT and/or PLAN in preparation for SAT and ACT.


Review course plan with guidance counselor and plan senior schedule.

Start search for financial aid.

Visit colleges of interest.

Take SAT, SAT Subject Test, and/or ACT.


Set up college interviews and visits

Review final college choices with guidance counselor.

File early decision applications.

Take SAT or SAT Subject Test and send results to colleges.

Obtain federal and state financial aid forms.

Send all application materials to colleges.

Review acceptances, and then make decision.


This article was written by Sally Wood

Sally Wood is a freelance writer and editor from Marionville, Missouri. She worked as a high school counselor in the Aurora R-VIII School District in Aurora, Missouri, from 1980–2000.

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