High School – Sophmore

Grade 10

  • Say out loud “I am going to college”
  • Prepare for the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) – A student in 10th grade must achieve a passing score in reading, math, and science to receive a high school diploma (the writing portion is administered junior year), visit www.doe.nv.gov/Assessment_HSPE.htm
  • Explore all high school diploma options – For example Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate
  • Continue to meet with a counselor to discuss high school course selections while keeping college admissions requirements in mind
  • Coursework should include geometry or algebra II, English, social studies, chemistry, and a foreign language
  • Research college requirements and application deadlines
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT – A student who scores high and meets other academic performance criteria may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.nationalmerit.org
  • Become familiar with community college requirements and offerings, the ACCUPLACER test may be taken for placement in math, English, or reading, visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer
  • Enroll in Honors courses in high school
  • Enroll in AP (Advanced Placement) courses in high school –A student may ultimately receive college credit with a qualifying AP exam test score
  • Keep updated on the requirements for the Nevada Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship, visit https://nevadatreasurer.gov/MillenniumScholarship.htm
  • As college funds continue to grow, investigate federal, state, and private financial aid options, visit  www.college.gov and studentaid.ed.gov for more information
  • Take the ACT PLAN, a practice test for the ACT
  • Visit local college and university campuses, take visitor tours, and ask others about their college experiences