Ready : Timeline
There are many key milestones in your students’ careers. As an educator, you likely know about many of them, but may not be sure exactly when they happen or what your students need to be prepared. Here are some of the most important milestones for students in middle school and high school. It will be important for you to encourage your students to head to Ready Set Grad to learn more about important deadlines and put together their own postsecondary plan.
- Low-income students should apply for the College Bound Scholarship by June 30 of their 8thgrade year. They can sign up as early as 7thgrade.
- Students in 4th-8thgrade take the Measures of Student Progress at school or the Washington Alternate Assessment System.
- Take challenging classes, such as Honors, AP, IB, Running Start, or Tech Prep classes, if possible to give them a leg-up; often these classes give college credit, saving time and money.
- Students will need to take the PSAT and/or ACT Plan in 10th or 11th grade and the SAT in 11th or 12th grade, along with any SAT subject tests, if required by the schools to which students are applying.
- Students may opt to take the ACT instead of the SAT. The practice ACT is the ACT Explore.
- Students going to a two-year college usually take the Accuplacer, ASSET, orCOMPASS exams. They should check with the community college they want to attend for their specific requirement.
- Students joining the military must take the ASVAB exam. The military often provides this at the school free of charge.
- Apply for scholarships.
- In 11th grade, complete the FAFSA Forecaster to learn the requirements of the FAFSA and get an estimate of the family’s contribution.
- To apply for financial aid, the most important step is applying for the FAFSA or WASFA. Students in 12th grade should do this as soon as possible after October 1 their senior year and leave ample time to fill out its complex pages.