In this video, a college planning expert discusses,“5 ways to plan for college when your child is a junior in high school.” After viewing the video, take the quiz which examines why beginning the college planning conversation as a high school junior is far too late in the process. The quiz will also assist in determining if the advice provided in the video sufficiently prepares you to understand how competitive it is to gain admission to top colleges.

Take the quiz as a group. Have a discussion about each question. Agree on the best, or most likely answer as a group. DO NOT GOOGLE OR USE WEBSITES TO DETERMINE YOUR ANSWERS. Take your best guess as a group. 

After taking the quiz, have a group discussion.

Use the following 5 questions to guide your group discussion:

  1. Were the 5 college planning strategies provided, sufficient? Explain your answer.
  2. Is prepping for both the SAT and ACT good advice? Explain your answer
  3. Is it a productive use of your money visiting college campuses, BEFORE, you have researched the colleges and formulated your questions for admission and financial aid officers? Explain your answer.
  4. If private scholarships make up less than 4% of the financial aid received to pay for college, where should you be devoting the majority of your attention (e.g., developing your gifts and talents, college planning, identifying institutional scholarships, etc.)?
  5. What is your opinion of the advice that the college planning consultant is offering, and is this more or less advice than you are likely to receive from your high school counselor?