Checklist for sophomores

September

Make a point to meet your Academic Counselor and continue to visit throughout the year.
Make sure you take or plan to take the appropriate course to get into college.
Learn more about the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
Explore various careers by library research, internet research, talking to others, and checking on dates for CAREER DAYS and COLLEGE DAYS.
Talk to your counselor about careers and educational opportunities.
Keep up good grades. If you start to have trouble with classes, talk to your counselor and arrange tutoring assistance.
Get involved with clubs and extracurricular activities but maintain good grades.
Familiarize yourself with preliminary admissions tests (PSAT/NMSQT and PLAN).
Familiarize yourself with requirements for the 10th grade on the AZCIS and ECAP.

October

Register for the preliminary admissions tests; Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and the Preliminary American College Testing (PLAN)
The PLAN test is recommended to be taken in your sophomore year.
Take a preparatory class for these tests.
Study for these tests.

November

Use the AZCIS Interest Inventory or other career and guides to explore more occupations. (Career Cluster Inventory, IDEAS, Interest Profiler)
If you’re interested in the military or military academy, check procedural requirements.
Register to preliminary admissions tests: PSAT/NMSQT, and PLAN assessment.

December

Take PSAT/NMSQT and/or PLAN assessment tests.
Study for finals!

January

Discuss PSAT/NMSQT and/or PLAN test results with your counselor.
Start checking into summer enrichment-programs. (Nizhoni Academy, Upward Bound, Four Corners Math/Science) Know deadline dates!
Meet with your counselor periodically to discuss your grades, academic progress and educational goals.

May

Talk to people in occupations that interest you.
Attend CAREER FAIRS!
Sign up for COLLEGE DAY presentations.
Start exploring your college choices.
Remember: It’s not to early to start planning your college career.
Sign up for summer school.

June

Attend summer school if needed.
Attend summer enrichment programs.
Volunteer.