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College Readiness

Take ACT Prep Classes at CEC

ACT Preparation Classes @ ECA/CEC include:

  • Breakdown the Content of the ACT
  • Test-Taking Strategies Explained
  • ACT Questions to Expect
  • ACT Vocabulary of Essential Terms
  • Top ACT Tips to Avoid Misleading Questions
  • Time-saving Techniques for Questions and Passages
  • Study Guides and Practice Tests

Fall 2020 ACT Exam Dates:

Saturday, September 12 
Sunday, September 13 
Saturday, September 19
Saturday, October 10
Saturday, October 17
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25 

ACT Prep Class Dates:

Monday nights from 5:45 to 8:30pm at CEC

Session 1 (Oct. 28 test):   October 2, 9, 16, and 23rd  

Session 2 (Dec. 9 test): November 13, 20, 27 & December 4th

Session 3 (Feb. 10 test): January 15, 22, 29 & February 5th

Session 4 (Apr. 14 test): March 12, 19 & April 2, 9th

Session 5 (June 9 test): May 14, 21, 28 & June 4th

Cost per Student:

$100.00 for a working session that includes

Four 2½ hour ACT prep classes, prep book & all materials

(Students designated as FRLP will receive a 50-75% reduction in course fees-must get verification from your high school counselor)

Seats are limited - please call 247-3658 to reserve your space!

Do the FAFSA before Jan 1st!
  1. Go to:
  2. Click on start FAFSA
  3. Request a Pin
  4. Submit
  5. You will get a SAR (Student Aid Report) within a few weeks if you need to make corrections

Parents and Student will need the following documents to complete the FAFSA:

  • 2018 Federal Income Tax Return
  • W-2 forms
  • Birthdate
  • Social Security Number
  • Any 2018 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  • Current bank statements
  • Alien registration card if you are not a U.S. citizen

College Readiness Checklist

9th Grade:

  • Know graduation requirements
  • Create a 4 year plan for high school
  • Start your child thinking about careers/take an inventory
  • Encourage extra-curricular activities
  • Save for college- 529 plans
  • Stress that study skills and grades are important!

10th Grade:

  • Make sure student is in college prep courses
  • Take a foreign language
  • Take the PLAN
  • Are you interested in attending a US Military Academy? Research requirements
  • Attend College and Career Fairs
  • Participate in a school activity or volunteer effort
  • Tour college campuses when possible

11th  grade: Fall

  • Make lists of abilities, social/cultural preferences and personal qualities
  • Review high school courses and activities. 
  • Explore internship opportunities
  • Take a Dual Enrollment or AP class sometime this year
  • Learn about colleges-check out western states participation in WUE
  • Attend the College Fair in September/October
  • Take the PSAT
  • Make a file of searches, tests and applications

11th grade: Winter

  • Register for the SAT or ACT in the spring
  • Begin a search for financial aid sources- register with
  • Research SAT subject tests
  • Register to take AP exams for current courses
  • Continue looking at colleges
  • Military Academies and Colleges-apply for summer programs

11th grade: Spring

  • Visit local colleges-get a feel and use the score card!
  • Develop a list of 15-20 colleges that interest you
  • Make college visits over spring break
  • Meet with counselor to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Take the ACT or SAT

11th grade: Summer

  • If an athlete, register with NCAA clearinghouse
  • Work, volunteer or participate in a camp or summer program
  • Visit and tour college campuses
  • Create a resume/ complete personal profile form
  • Request application materials from colleges and check deadlines
  • Narrow your list to 5-10

Senior year: Fall

  • Do a credit check and be sure you are in the right classes
  • Meet with your counselor
  • Meet with college reps visiting your school
  • Apply to 3-5 colleges (reach, math, and safety schools)
  • Create a master list or calendar: tests, applications and financial aid due dates, any other deadlines
  • Send test scores to the colleges
  • Take or Retake ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT if necessary
  • Attend College Fair in October
  • Apply to CA schools and early decision by Nov 1st
  • Finalize your college choices
  • Complete school specific scholarship applications
  • Prepare Early Decision, Early Action or other applications ASAP
  • Contact teachers and others for recommendations if you need.  Give them your personal profile/resume!!!  Provide a stamped envelope
  • For essays, write drafts and ask teachers to read them

Senior Year: Winter

  • NO SENIORITIS   Second semester grades count and are looked at
  • Apply for a FAFSA pin at
  • Parents complete taxes
  • Apply for housing
  • Schedule AP exams
  • Keep active in school!
  • Complete FAFSA by March 1st

Senior Year: Spring

  • Receive acceptance letters and financial aid packets
  • Notify college of your decision of admission and/or financial aid
  • Send your deposit to one college only
  • Wait-listed?  Talk to admissions on how to strengthen your application
  • Request final transcript be sent
  • Schedule summer orientations/registrations
  • Set up college internet account

AP Expectations:

The expectation of any AP course is that a student can anticipate 2-3 hours of homework for each AP class every night.  Students get a weighted .025 added into their overall gpa for taking an AP class. 

ACT Test:

Attached also are dates of the ACT this year.  Seniors should take/retake on Sept 9 or Oct 28 and Juniors should plan to test next spring.    Fee Waivers are available for students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. 

ACT Test Prep:

CEC will offer an ACT Test Prep class on Mondays beginning for the October test.   See flyer.  Cost is $100 and includes prep book and other materials.  Space is limited.

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