Junior JumpStart

Oyster River High School~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fall 2015

PSAT Exam for Juniors!

PSAT Exam at ORHS on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Juniors should absolutely take the PSAT even if you took the exam as a sophomore! On average, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score 136 points higher on the SAT than those who do not! The cost of the exam is $15.00 and payment is by check only made out to ORHS. Registration Ends Monday, October 12, 2015. Students should bring #2 pencils and a calculator.

Please Note: The PSAT is only offered on Wednesday, 10/14/15. The exam will be administered as part of the regular school day. This is a change from previous years when the exam was offered on a Saturday.

PSAT Score Return

Ø PSAT score reports will be distributed to students before December break. For information about interpreting PSAT results, visit http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/parent-tutorial-for-understanding-psat-nmsqt-results-english.pdf

Ø Scores fall within the range of 20 to 80 points for each section; 49 is an average score. When you receive your score report, you should look at your percentile ranking, which compares you to all juniors who took the same test you did.

Ø PSAT scores can give you a rough idea of the SAT scores you might expect to receive. You can use PSAT scores to look at your strengths and areas of weakness, or where there is room for improvement.

Ø What can you do if your PSAT test scores aren’t what you expected? The score report provides each correct and incorrect answer, question by question. You will also receive your original test booklet back, so you can review the test to see exactly where errors may have occurred. And if that’s not enough, your score report provides suggested skills you should improve upon that are unique to your scores.

For more information, visit the "Standardized Testing" page on the ORHS Counseling website.

Get Involved!

Extracurricular activities are not only fun, but are important when applying to college!

Don’t forget about the world beyond the classroom. Colleges like to see students who can balance outside activities as well as maintain good grades.

· Admissions committees want to see how a student can contribute to a college community. Perform community service, obtain an internship, or get a part-time job.

· Extracurricular activities show that you’re a well-rounded individual and you know how to manage your time efficiently. Research summer programs available in your community. Additionally, many colleges offer arts camps and college prep courses during the summer for high school juniors. These programs are a good way to develop and/or find your talents and get your foot in the door with colleges.

· Quality vs. Quantity. College admissions officers want to see a student participating in a few select activities, making meaningful contributions to those activities, rather than the student joining many clubs, and having minimal involvement.

· Activities that are not school sponsored count too! If you are active in your church youth group, are a member of a community organization, or complete volunteer service outside of the school community, be sure to let schools know.

2015-2016 Clubs/Activities/Athletics

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What Should I be Doing Now?

Ø Create a list of activities in which you participate

Ø Meet with your school counselor with any questions

Ø Use PSAT results to prepare for the SAT in the Spring

Ø Begin to think about what you want from your college experience

Ø Use Naviance and other resources to learn more about colleges that interest you

Ø Attend college fairs

Ø Visit schools

Ø Explore careers

Ø Explore other options such as the military

Ø Attend College Visits at ORHS

Keeping Your Options Open

During Junior year, it is a good idea to explore your range of possibilities. It is important not to narrow your focus or specialize too soon. Whether you are heading for college or for work, discuss with your school counselor what your many choices are. Below are a few examples of ways to keep your options open:

· During your college search, look at large, medium and small schools; two-year and four-year colleges; public and private institutions; coed, single sex, etc.; colleges nearby or far away from home.

· If your interest is the military, investigate all branches, ROTC and the military academies. If you are planning to enter the job market, consider your willingness to relocate, and look for positions with growth opportunities and good employee benefits (health insurance, training/educational programs, etc.).

· If you plan to take a year off before going to college, explore with your school counselor how you can use your time productively—Gap Year opportunities include volunteer service, an apprenticeship, travel or work to name a few.

Post-Secondary Planning: Getting to Know Yourself

Career and personal self-assessment tests can help identify your aptitude and character for career opportunities. This information can be helpful when trying to decide on a college major and/or a career interest.

By understanding your personality type, you can select career opportunities that will provide the most job satisfaction. Below are a few online quizzes to help identify your personality type and careers that are a good fit based on your personality.

~ Start with defining your personality type:
Take this online quiz to get a non-test based review of your personality type and careers that may be of interest
An online character assessment is available here:

~ About Self-Assessment Tests:
You can learn more information about personal assessments and how they can measure your personality traits for jobs and other life-events below.
Summary of personality assessment tests that are useful when researching careers:
The Myers & Briggs self assessment test:
The Keirsey Temperament assessment:


~From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Occupational outlook by category; provides insight on the training needed, work environment, earnings, expected job prospects and more for potential careers. It's a valuable resource to help evaluate your potential career choices.


~Projections on what's HOT and what's NOT. Includes employment statistics and the fastest growing careers:


Ø ~ Individual State Labor Statistics:
occupational projections by state and region which helps determine where you may need to locate for the best growth

Career Exploration Naviance Career Tab

The “Career” tab in Naviance has many resources to help you find a career you are interested in. Take the Interest Profiler and find careers that match your strengths, research Career Clusters to see the many careers matching your personality, or use the keyword search to research a potential career you want to learn more about. See your counselor for more help!