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College Planning,Testing Information,
​Application Tips


SAT Testing​

Remember, ALL JUNIORS in the state of Colorado take the SAT in April.  This test is free and students DO NOT register online.  These test results will be posted on transcripts. (If you receive a higher score on another test date, bring your score report to the Registrar and ask to have the higher score substituted on your transcript.)

Here is an article describing recent changes to the SAT.

Students may also elect to take or re-take the SAT on any of the available dates.  For dates and registration: Click HERE


​Addi​tional Testing Resources​

Lifelonglearning BVSD-sponsored test prep courses ACT testing information & online registration SAT testing information & online registration Princeton Review site Free ACT & SAT Test Prep Test Prep Workshops Preparation for PSAT, SAT & ACT Stanley Kaplan test prep company Online test preparation FREE SAT test prep SAT subject test admissions information Local test prep workshops Practice Tests

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Click HERE and HERE for instructions and tips

ACT Testing

Students may elect to take the ACT.
For test dates and registration:  Click HERE 

​PSA​T/NMSQT Testing​

​This PSAT/NMSQT is an important practice test for the SAT, an entrance exam required or recommended by many U.S. Colleges.  The PSAT/NMSQT is primarily for 11th graders, though 9th and 10th graders are welcome to take it for practice. This test is similar to the PSAT 10, which is state-mandated, free, and is administered to all Sophomores in April. 

For Juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT determines eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Visit: for more information on this program. 

Who should take the PSAT/NMSQT?  Find out more here​.

This year's test is on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.  Click HERE for details.


​​Tips for using the Common Application​

Click HERE for instructions and tips

​How to Request an Official Transcript

Click HERE for instructions and tips

​Web Resources for Planning, Finding, and Choosing a College​​​

CollegeAnswer​​: Provided by SallieMae, leading national commercial provider of student loans and college savings plans, this site offers free tools for preparation and saving, planning, paying, and managing loans, but also includes tools for deciding on your college, and even help with assessing your personality, interests, and skills to help choose a career direction.​

College in Colorado: This free secondary and post-secondary education program is provided by CollegeInvest, the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s trusted resource developed to help Colorado students and families understand college financing and the role that higher education can play in their financial futures. Their on-line financial literacy curriculum is presented in units. Students can conduct college and career searches tailored to their specific interests and goals.

​In Like Me: InLikeMe is centered at the intersection of college planning, selection, admissions testing and financial aid with a focus on helping you find your “right fit” schools and develop a strategy to get admitted.

Naviance:  All students and parents of Boulder Valley have access to this amazing resource.  Students can search for colleges, careers, scholarships and have access to every college website all from one place.  

College Insight: Provides easy-to-use college profiles and powerful research tools that include information about affordability, student debt, and diversity. 

College Portraits​: College Portrait of Undergraduate Education is similar to U-Can (below) but focuses on public colleges and universities and provides charts and concise information in a common format. Institutional profiles include admissions and enrollment stats, student demographics, graduation rates, popular majors, faculty information, class size, tuition and fee trends, costs, financial aid, campus housing, student life, and campus safety.​

Kiplinger’s Best College Values​: Focus is on value and ranks U.S. colleges and universities in three separate lists: public universities, private universities, and liberal arts colleges. Users can query, view and sort the schools on each list by various financial and quality measures. ​​

U-CAN Network: The University and College Accountability Network provides charts and concise information in a common format on more than 700 private institutions including admissions and enrollment stats, demographics, graduation rates, popular majors, faculty information, class size, tuition and fee trends, costs, financial aid, campus housing, student life, and campus safety. 

Unigo​: Offers “insider” reviews, videos and photos by actual students attending the college as well as institution-specific stats and rankings as well as forums that focus on specific topics and colleges. Unigo’s partnership with The Wall Street Journal provides additional content focused on getting accepted, choosing schools and paying for college. 

U.S. News and World Report​​
Beyond its rankings, this site offers a plethora of college data and guidance. In addition to ranking national universities and liberal arts colleges, you’ll find an assortment of interesting lists including: A+ Options for B Students, Learning Communities, Up-and-Coming Colleges, Internships-Co-ops, Study Abroad, Best Undergrad Teaching and Writing Programs. 

College Board​: Search and “College MatchMaker" tools allow you to query a database of more than 3500 schools. The site also contains useful student aid and entrance exam information. Your answers to questions about what you are looking for in a college; major, size, location, extracurricular activities, tuition, generate a list of schools that meet your criteria. There are links and comparison tools to learn more about individual colleges. If you register, the site will save your search and colleges that interest you. ​

College Navigator​: A free consumer information resource provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The site has tools and search options that make it quick and easy to gather and compare data about most U.S. colleges and universities. The College Navigator site also has useful links to Federal government sites for financial aid and career planning. 

​Princeton Review Counselor-O-Matic: Counselor-O-Matic is similar to the College Board’s Matchmaker, but it searches in a different way. Instead of giving you a list of schools that meet exact criteria, it gives you a list of schools that meet the majority of your criteria. The list is divided between good match, reach, and safety schools. To make the most of this site, you should provide your un-weighted GPA and any ACT/SAT scores you have. If you register with this site, it will save your search and related information. Princeton Review offers a variety of SAT/ACT test preparation classes and online resources.​

Campus Explorer​: This is another college search site. It includes 8,000 schools, including 2-year, 4-year and online opportunities.

College Confidential​: This site has gathered all of the best college admissions content on the Web together in one place, including articles and advice on choosing a college, getting into college, paying for college and college life. There are also forums for parents and students regarding questions that come up while navigating the college selection and admissions process, plus a feature (CampusVibe) where students (and parents) share opinions about colleges with videos, photos and visit reports.  ​

Guide to International University Admission


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