Study: High School Students Unprepared for College
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 25, 2012 @ 7:24PM
Created on September 25, 2012 @ 6:18PM
this is the time of year many high school seniors start taking the SAT's and ACT's or even apply to their dream college.
But, a new study found many of those students aren't ready to make the transition to higher education.
So, what can you do to make sure your kids are ready for the next step?
Local college admission counselors said the best thing students can do is become organized and learn time management while still in high school. That will create good habits that you can use all through college.
The new study found that kids aren't getting the right college prep classes in high school.
The lack of challenging subjects has caused a large drop in standardized test scores.
In fact, the College Board, which owns the SAT tests, found more than 50% of students that took that test got scores that wouldn't translate into a "B" minus or higher in college.
ACT officials also found that at least 60% of students are at risk of not succeeding in a four year program.
However, there are some things kids can do on an individual basis to make sure they're ready.
On a high school level, students should take classes that challenge them, like AP or advanced courses.
Those classes are the most like college classes and will get kids ready for the course work they will face once there.
"A lot of times just getting used to reading, whether it's something they just enjoy reading, just getting used to every night reading 40-50 pages of something really, really helps in that transitions. Another thing that can really help is planning. Making calendars and schedules we find as students get into college they have a lot more free time than they have in high school, but it's just a matter of how they manage that free time," said John Waltz, director of admissions at WVWC.
Students said they also talked with friend that already were in college to see what it would be like.
"I talked to a lot of people that had gone to college before. Whether that was vocational or tech college or a full 4 year bachelor's, and that's the best way to do it, I think, because they can tell you what programs actually are, because I'm the first one in my family to go to college right out of high school," said Destiny Smith, a senior at WVWC.
Another good tip is to talk to counselors at schools you apply to. That way they can outline that colleges' expectations so you can see if it's the right fit for you.
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