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College Awareness FAQs for Educators

Q1: What are the prerequisites for college-preparatory classes, and how can I ensure that students are placed in those classes?

Q2: When should students begin scheduling college information appointments with counselors?

Q3: What are the differences between high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements?

Q4: What are the California college admission requirements known as the "A-G requirements"?

Q5: What are all the standardized college entrance exams? When are they administered? When should students take them?

Q6: When are College Information Days hosted at local colleges? How do I design a college tour?

Q7: How do I find out about California Academic Preparation Programs (CAPP) offered at my school and at local colleges and universities?

Q8: Is it better to apply to college online or on paper?




Q1: What are the prerequisites for college-preparatory classes, and how can I ensure that students are placed in those classes?

There is no way around one simple fact — college-bound students must be enrolled in college-preparatory classes. Make sure your students are on the right academic track with these quick tips.
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Q2: When should students begin scheduling college information appointments with counselors?

Although college research is traditionally reserved for high school students, it is never too early to begin exploring college opportunities. For suggestions on how to advise middle school families, take a look at the following tips...
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Q3: What are the differences between high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements?

Attention advisors of future college graduates: Many believe that high school graduation requirements are identical to college entrance requirements. The truth is...that is not always the case. Don't be fooled. Preview this chart outlining requirement differences.
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Q4: What are the California college admission requirements known as the "A-G requirements"?

To help you advise your students properly, it is important to know EXACTLY what sequence of high school classes your students must take to be eligible for admissions into the California college system. Reviewing and understanding the A-G Requirements will help you advise your students properly.
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Q5: What are all the standardized college entrance exams? When are they administered? When should students take them?

You may be saying to yourself, "Preparation for college entrance exams in middle school? Isn't that a bit early?" Actually, it isn't too early. The sooner students are prepared for standardized tests, the better. Get the details now.
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Q6: When are College Information Days hosted at local colleges? How do I design a college tour?

As the saying goes, "seeing is believing," and this statement rings true for college-bound students as well. Research shows that one of the most effective ways to motivate students about college opportunities is to take them on a college tour. To help you design the perfect college tour check out this planning guide.
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Q7: How do I find out about California Academic Preparation Programs (CAPP) offered at my school and at local colleges and universities?

The California State University system, the largest public university system in the world, offers many academic preparation programs to the local middle schools and high schools in their respective service areas. Take a look at one such program, the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP).
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Q8: Is it better to apply to college online or on paper?

Technological advances impact our lives every day. Routine activities that we once managed by hand can now be completed with greater speed and efficiency with the aid of a computer. Using the Internet to conduct college research and complete online admissions applications is quickly gaining in popularity. Stay ahead of the curve, and learn more about the options available for completing college applications in the new millennium.
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