November is the time for high school juniors to begin the admissions process. One thing that often proves useful is sitting for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The MBTI will give you and your student a wonderful insight into how their personality type can help identify careers that will play to their strengths. Another benefit of the MBTI is that students can begin to focus on majors that will help prepare them for their career.

This exercise can prove invaluable in finding the right college fit, too. Colleges have a personality, of sorts, just like people. By finding a compatible match the student can learn in an environment where they will get the most out of their education, not just go through the motions.

Other activities include preparing for standardized tests. Even though you won’t know the results of the PSAT until December, it can take as long as a year to build up a needed vocabulary. One small thing your student can do is to take the initiative and sign up for The Official SAT Question of the Day™ and have math and verbal questions sent to their email. You can be cc’d as well and you know what? It’s kind of fun. This can be a way to stay connected with your student through the process. Of course, it won’t help unless your student checks their email, which too many don’t these days. It’s too bad the questions can’t be sent by text!

Just so you are aware, the SAT, which is more of a reasoning test that many students haven’t been adequately prepared to take, isn’t the be all and end all of standardized tests. There is the ACT, which is more of an achievement test and results are accepted at all colleges and universities. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for answers.

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