College Checklist: 10th Graders in High School

Stay on the right track toward college during your sophomore year.

Are you a tenth-grader? You can stay on track towards your college preparation with this checklist.

Here’s your to-do list for your sophomore year of high school.

10th Grade Checklist To Do

  • Meet with your school counselor or mentor to discuss colleges and their requirements.
  • Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or the PLAN exam.
  • Plan to use your summer wisely: work, volunteer, or take a summer course (away or at a local college).
  • Go to career information events to get a more detailed look at career options.
  • Research majors that might be a good fit for your interests and goals based on your results from the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search tool.

To Explore


To Do:

  • Find out whether your child’s school has college nights or financial aid nights. Plan to attend those events with your child.
  • Help your child develop independence by encouraging him or her to take responsibility for balancing homework with any other activities or a part-time job.
  • Learn about the standardized tests your child will be taking during the 10th through 12th grades.

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