College Preparation and Planning at HHS

College Preparation and Planning at HHS
College Planning WorkshopThe Hoboken Public School District continued its on-going commitment to post-secondary education planning on Wednesday, October 19th. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), was administered to all Hoboken High School students in grades nine through 11, while 12th graders were immersed in various workshops designed to help ease the burden of applying to college.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test administered by the College Board. It is a two-hour-and-45-minute test that evaluates skills in reading, writing, and math. By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, students are not only preparing themselves for the SAT and ACT, but also potentially qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other awards. According to Kaplan Test Prep, $180 million in scholarships have been awarded to date to students who achieve high scores.

The Hoboken Public School District administered these tests at no cost to students, during the school day, ensuring that each participant received an equal chance for success.

Meanwhile, Hoboken High School Seniors spent the day engaged in workshops designed to provide assistance with the college search, applications, financial aid, and scholarships. Principal Robin Piccapietra expressed her gratitude to the Hoboken High School teachers and guidance counselors that dedicated their time to leading these workshops.

The workshop series began with an exploration of the Common Application. Students were given information about the “Common App,” and the benefits of using it to apply to colleges and universities. Next, students learned how to utilize different programs like Naviance and the College Board to begin the search for the right post-secondary institution. The third session discussed the cost of college, including initiatives like the Educational Opportunity Fund and various available scholarship opportunities. The day concluded with an essay writing session, typically the most heavily dreaded part of completing any college application. Students were provided time to begin or continue writing their college essays under the guidance of HHS English teachers.

Because standardized tests are the measure for college readiness, preparing students for the SAT and ACT is paramount to their success. However, the college application process goes beyond test-taking. The Hoboken Public School District remains committed to its students by providing holistic preparation and invaluable support every step of the way.
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