Review your academic record and strengthen any weaknesses or problem areas.
Ensure that you are on track for high school graduation and college entrance requirements. Remember that different colleges have different requirements, so you will need to check with specific schools as you become interested in them.
Commit to do your best work and take the most challenging courses possible.
Take the PSAT in October (it's required for several national scholarships and is especially important for National Merit Scholarships).
Continue to investigate colleges and careers.
Visit colleges and attend college fairs.
Research which colleges require ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject Tests.
Register for the SAT. Find out if any SAT II: Subject Tests are required by colleges you are considering.
Register for and take the ACT, if desired.
Identify and ask teachers to write a letter of recommendation for your college applications and scholarships.
Take the Advanced Placement exam for any AP course you have completed. If you score well, you may receive college credits.
Check your transcript at the end of the year to make sure it is correct.
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center if you plan on playing a Division I or II sport in college. Send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of junior year.
Research ways to save and pay for college.
Explore summer opportunities such as jobs, internships, job shadowing, volunteer work, and summer programs.