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SAT/ACT and Study Resources

Pacific Learning Academy

pacificlearningacademy.com
This local company offers one-on-one in-home academic tutoring and high school credit classes. With classes in the familiarity of their home or a local library, our students improve their grades and have fun in Math, Spanish, French, Study Skills, Language Arts, History, Science, SAT/ACT prep and more!

PrepNorthwest

prepnorthwest.com
This Kirkland company has great small group sessions for SAT/ACT prep, as well as private coaching available. Their motto is Get Results. Have Fun.

PSAT Prep

collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/prep.html?ep_ch=CO&ep_mid=8601214&ep_rid=48933161
College Board PSAT tips and practice tests for each section.

Khan Academy

khanacademy.com
Students love this site as a supplemental tool for studying specific areas they need help with for the SAT/ACT. With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 259 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Free SAT Prep

www.ineedapencil.com
This website offers FREE SAT prep for those that are low on resources. Everyone should have access to study materials to help them get into college. Their mission is to help lower-income students perform better on the SAT by having those resources.

ACT

ACTstudent.org
The ACT is the other option for standardized testing. There are great resources for test prep on this site and you can also register to take the ACT. Neither the ACT nor the SAT are better than the other – schools don’t care which one you take. So you are better off picking the one you are best at and studying for it. Each test does focus on different things so it’s always a good idea to do a diagnostic to determine which one you are stronger at.

Tutors

teachigo.com
We have a very wide range of tutors for a vast amount of subjects. Simply provide us with your zip/postcode in our search and we will select the best tutors matching your needs. Browse any tutor’s profile which to get insight into their credentials and teaching style.

Summer Enrichment Programs and GAP Year Opportunities

Center for Interim Programs offers a free 90-minute brainstorming session on how to set up your GAP year interimprograms.com

Find a GAP year fair near you yearoutgroup.org

Overseas GAP year options gooverseas.com

Choose your adventure yearoutgroup.org/gap-year-programs

Work Away

workaway.info

As a traveler or language learner (or in many cases both!), volunteering or working with a family or for a small organization is an ideal way to get to know the real side of a foreign country or to immerse yourself completely in a foreign language. You know that you will have the security of a place to stay with welcoming people.

However, remember it takes a lot of thought for someone to invite you into their home, so be prepared to help as much as you can! It is not a hotel or a youth hostel: it is an exchange – a few hours of help per day in exchange for food and board. Housework, i.e. cooking, washing-up, etc., should be shared.

The possibilities for exchanges are endless. You can use Workaway to enable you to travel around a country for very low cost. Or to practice a language you have spent many years learning, but have never had the opportunity to actually use with native speakers. Utilize Workaway to learn new skills and meet new people!

Walking Tree

walkingtree.org/summer-programs
Our mission is to inspire individuals to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We hope to achieve this goal by providing unforgettable programs filled with challenging and enriching adventures. Walking Tree stands for a more open, curious and compassionate approach to travel. We facilitate meaningful cross-cultural interactions that allow participants to recognize the similarities between people instead of focusing on the differences. Rather than a typical tour, our programs are designed for a proactive, select group of travelers who seek an authentic international experience and the opportunity to effect change in the global community.

Walking Tree travels to Costa Rica, Spain, China, Morocco, Canada, Guatemala, Peru, Nicaragua, the USA, Ecuador and Mexico during spring and summer breaks on programs that last 10-30 days. These programs combine cultural immersion, language practice, community service, wildlife conservation, leadership training, homestays, and adventure and are open to 8-12th graders worldwide. Participants can complete between 30-100 hours of community service during the program.

Super Camp

supercamp.com/academic_life_skills.aspx
SuperCamp is a highly engaging 7-10 day experience where your son or daughter gains inspiration by living on a university campus such as Stanford, Brown or Wake Forest. Students at SuperCamp learn how to learn – reading, writing, thinking, speaking, memory and note-taking – along with communication, leadership and relationship skills.

It is a place where students look at their values and how they’re living their lives. And a hidden gift of SuperCamp is how it helps deepen the positive connection between you and your child.

National Youth Leadership Forum

envisionexperience.com/explore-our-programs?grade=high+school
Are you are looking for ways to discover what you are interested in from STEM, business, medicine, digital media, diplomacy, engineering and more? Get first-hand career experience and gain the skills you’ll need to be successful in college and your future career. We have many programs available to high school students throughout the country.

Microsoft Summer Intern Program

careers.microsoft.com/careers/en/us/high-school-intern-program.aspx
Do you want to work on cutting-edge technology that will make a real difference in people’s lives all over the world? Do you want an inside look into high-tech professions that will inspire you as you make plans for college? Get a head start on building a good resume and GET PAID! This paid internship program is 8-10 weeks in the summer for local Puget Sound high school students. The program provides challenging and achievable projects that will encourage approximately 20 high school juniors and seniors to pursue their interests in the field of technology. Applications due end of February every year for the upcoming summer.

Summer at Cornish’s Art & Design Program

cornish.edu/summer/art_design/
The program offers a rigorous pre-college program and a number of exciting intensive studio experiences for students ages 14 to 18 who want to explore the visual arts in a professional art school setting.

You will hone your skills, learn new techniques from working artists and meet other students passionate about the visual arts. With a variety of program offerings, Summer at Cornish provides the perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong portfolio pieces, and get a real taste of college life.

What is ACE?

acementor.org/affiliates/washington/seattle/about-us/
Since 2001, the ACE Mentor Program of Washington has helped more than 2,500 students learn all about the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Are you fascinated by the art of architecture? Are you interested in how buildings withstand earthquakes? Are you intrigued by sustainable “green” building design? Are you wondering how a building can start out as an idea and become reality? Join the ACE program! Our program is free to students, thanks to donations from local firms, mentors, parents, and other supporters. To date, we have also given $764,000 in scholarships to students who pursued A/E/C fields at the university level. During the ACE Mentor Program, teams visit major construction sites, complete projects, and meet bi-monthly at mentor firm offices. Qualifying high school seniors are awarded scholarships and many students remain in touch with industry professionals for continued mentoring with career choices, college and internship applications and future employment opportunities.

Other Summer Architecture Programs

studyarchitecture.com/blog/architecture-news/2019-architecture-summer-programs

Pathways to Science

pathwaystoscience.org/K12.aspx
Over 100 programs, including summer science and research programs, internships, and other STEM exposure programs. Programs are either tuition-free or provide scholarships.

College Search Engines

Find the Best College

colleges.findthebest.com
Find and compare colleges and universities based on location, tuition, admission, academics, size, and rank. You can utilize the various filters and sorting capabilities of this comparison to find the best college or university for you.

Colleges That Change Lives

www.ctcl.org/news/misperceptions
This is not a search engine, but it is a really great resource. They have school profiles for some of the best colleges out there that people don’t always hear or know about. You should also check out the book, you can see it above in the book resources.

Landmark College

landmark.edu/why-landmark
For more than 26 years, Landmark has been the leader in creating successful learning strategies for students with learning disabilities, ADHD and ASD. Landmark was the first institution of higher education to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today, they are known throughout the world for their innovative educational model, where students become confident, self-empowered and independent learners.

Test-Optional Schools

fairtest.org/university/optional
This list includes colleges and universities that de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.

College Board

collegeboard.org
College Board has a great college “match maker” search engine. They are also the company that issues the SAT, so there are lots of great resources for test prep and you can sign up for the test on their site.

College Prowler

collegeprowler.com
This website is a great place to get facts and statistics about the colleges, as well as student reviews.

College Results

collegeresults.org
This website is an outstanding repository of information regarding graduation rates for colleges and universities nationwide, amongst other data.

College Rankings

unigo.com/Featured/UnigoCollegeRankings.aspx
More than 30,000 current college students weighed in to create Unigo’s college rankings. Come inside to find out which schools made the cut for the 10 Best Sports Schools, the 10 Safest Colleges, the 10 Best Party Schools, the 10 Colleges with the Most Intellectual Student Bodies, and more!

Zinch

zinch.com
Connect directly with 6000 colleges, $2B in college scholarships, study abroad programs, and graduate schools.

Noodle

noodle.com
It’s a free tool created by the founders of The Princeton Review to help students discover the right college while making the process less overwhelming and even fun! We have the resources to not only help you find the right school through our college search, but the information to help get you in. We’ve even partnered with leading publishers (e.g. Princeton Review, College Prowler, US News) to display reviews and rankings on each profile.

Financial Resources

Scholarships

thewashboard.org
The Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC) is a public/private partnership that includes nine organizations committed to increasing access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students.

The Science Ambassador Scholarship

scienceambassadorscholarship.org/#faq
A full-tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Funded by Cards Against Humanity.

Student Loans

studentloannetwork.com
Are you looking for your student loan options? Or researching financial aid? At Student Loan Network, you’ll find everything you need to finance your education with student loans.

FAFSA on the web

fafsa.ed.gov
The official site for completing the FREE application for federal student aid.

Department of Education PIN

pin.ed.gov
To complete the FAFSA online, both the student and one parent should apply for Department of Education PIN numbers. You can apply here!

Other Resources

College Majors

collegemajors101.com
Learn specifics on the major you are interested in as well as industry news and employers within the industry.

Rate My Professor

ratemyprofessors.com
Search to rate your professors and scope out new ones for the upcoming semester. You can explore our comprehensive database for school ratings, reviews and more! This is a great tool to make sure you are taking classes with teachers you are going to like.

Downloadable Guides For Every Step Of The College Process

aimhighwriting.com/downloadable-guides.html
For parents, the guides are a way to initiate discussions with your teens about what they want in a school; assist your student with producing competitive school and scholarship applications; know and meet the deadlines for school, scholarship, and financial aid applications; and help your teen successfully transition from high school to college.

For students, read the guides as a roadmap for choosing the right school for you; preparing competitive school and scholarship applications; funding your education; and becoming a Self-Advocating Student, prepared to contend with and successfully meet the challenges common to the college experience.

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