• Admissions Readiness

    Admissions Readiness - seeks to ensure that all Fort Bend ISD students are prepared to enter the postsecondary training or career of their choice. To support all students to succeed in college entrance exams, we administer the PSAT to all high school sophomores and juniors and provide other test prep opportunities. Each high school in FBISD has a College and Career Resource Center, staffed by an advisor to assist all students in their college and career discovery and application process to connect them to their future dreams. 

    Students:

    • Maintain a high grade point average and class rank.
    • Take the PSAT seriously and use My College QuickStart to help prepare for the SAT and ACT.
    • See your College & Career Resource Advisor to register for the SAT or ACT and for test prep opportunities.
    • Get to know the College & Career Resource Advisor at your high school's College & Career Resource Center. Help is available.

     

    College Search and Helpful Websites

    Big Future   https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

     

    Accredited Online Universities http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/

    A comprehensive resource that provides a database of accredited online colleges and universities, along with many other resources such as searching for specific online degree programs from schools throughout the nation and those found within the State of Texas.

     

     

    Helpful Websites

    Texas College Match Up   http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/CollegeMatchUp/

    Campus Tours   http://www.campustours.com/

    TG AIE (Adventures in Education)   http://www.aie.org/

     

    Four Easy Steps to Apply to College 

     

    1. Complete and submit the college application including essays and mark all schools applied to in Naviance.  The topics for both ApplyTexas and The Common App are similar and rely on your ability to coherently describe how you would handle a specific situation or how you can articulate your strengths and weaknesses.  ApplyTexas is for state colleges and some private institutions.  The Common Application is used for many in and out of state private colleges.  Some small private colleges still use their own online applications.  Check with the individual college's website if they are not on ApplyTexas or The Common Application! 
    2. Pay the application fee or submit a fee waiver (see your transition counselor for qualification).  There is usually a way to do this in the online application.  Most community colleges, such as HCC, do not charge an application fee.
    3. Send SAT or ACT official scores to the colleges in which you are applying.  Always send ALL SCORES, even if you plan to take a test again in the future.  Send them what you have now.  If you haven't taken one of the exams yet, the college you are applying to cannot consider your application until you have at least one set of scores from one of the tests.  An exception to this are community colleges which use your TAKS scores for admission/placement.
    4. Order a transcript through Naviance to be sent to the college.  Some private and all out-of-state colleges must be submitted by USPS by you.  One exception is The Common Application where your guidance counselor can upload it into your application.  Another is a private university using SendEDU.

     


    Stay on track with this Admission Checklist

    SAT or ACT?

    Almost all colleges accept either exam.  Juniors should take the SAT in January or March and the ACT with Writing in February or April  Then, retake the one you do best on in May or June to see if you can increase your score.  The exams are different and you may do better on one than the other.  This gives you three sets of scores before summer.  The ACT isn't offered again until September and the SAT isn’t offered again until October of your senior year.  Many colleges begin their application process on July 1st and some deadlines, especially for scholarships, are as early as October 1st.  Plan your SAT test dates and ACT test dates by using the online testing calendars. Registration for the SAT and ACT is easy.
     
    In addition to the SAT and ACT test, you can also take an SAT Subject Test. Subject Tests are an hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

     
    If you wait until your senior year to take these exams, you may be missing out on a LOT of opportunities.

     

    Fee Waivers (if you qualify), are available in your guidance counselors’ office.

     

    Texas Success Initiative

    The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires students to be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to enrolling at a Texas public college or university. To be exempted from taking the TSI exam, students will need to meet one of the following exemptions:

    • Student is exempt on the basis of SAT scores (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of 480 on the Verbal section and 530 on Math.
    • Student is exempt on the basis of the ACT (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of 23 composite, with 19 English and 19 Math.

    If you do not meet the minimums on the SAT or ACT, you will need to take the TSI Assessment Test for any Texas public college (2 or 4-year).  All FBISD high school campuses will offer this for free to you in the spring of your senior year.  Check with your CCR Advisor or Counselor for more information.  

     

    Test Preparation

     

    FBISD does not officially endorse any test prep other than Khan Academy (free) through College Board.  Some companies listed below charge fees and are provided for information resources only.

     

    Study Dorm - SAT Test prep located across from Dulles HS   http://www.mystudydorm.com/ 

     

    Purple Math - Math practice and explanations to answers   http://www.purplemath.com/

     

    Princeton Review - Offers a variety of PSAT/SAT/ACT prep options including one on one tutoring, small classroom instruction, crash course, and more. Program cost ranges from $599 - 6600.   http://www.princetonreview.com/

    Kaplan - Offers PSAT/SAT/ACT prep courses online and at various locations. Their course cost range from $199- $1000.  http://www.kaptest.com/index.jhtml

    Free Rice - Practice for the SAT and donate rice to the World Food Programme at the same time.   http://freerice.com/#/sat/1521396

     

    Number2 - Free online SAT and ACT prep  https://www.number2.com/

    Grockit - SAT practice that's fun.  https://grockit.com/login?redirect=%2Fsat

    ACT practice and additional resources  http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/

    Collegeboard SAT - SAT Practice Questions, Question of the Day, and additional resources  http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice

     

     

    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)  

    Founded more than one hundred years ago as a way to protect student-athletes, the NCAA continues to implement that principle with increased emphasis on both athletics and academic excellence.  The NCAA is made up of three membership classifications that are known as Divisions I, II and III. Each division creates its own rules governing personnel, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, benefits, financial aid, and playing and practice seasons – consistent with the overall governing principles of the Association. Every program must affiliate its core program with one of the three divisions. 

    National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

     

    In the NAIA, a dedication to leadership development is balanced with sports accomplishment. A trailblazer in providing equal opportunity for all student-athletes. An expectation of ethical behavior, fairness in competition, access to athletic scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership development. At the core of all of this — character.  NAIA is typically used with smaller, independent colleges/universities.