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Junior Planning


  • Take the PSAT at South Albany High School. We have the test available to students in the fall. Make sure you are listening to the announcements. There is a small fee associated but fee waivers are available for students depending on financial information.
  • Start Your College Search: Make a list or your abilities, preferences and personal qualities. List things you may want to study in college.
  • Start Thinking About Financial Aid Talk to your counselor about college plans and discuss options. You may want to use the FAFSA4caster to help estimate financial aid eligibility and financial aid costs.


  • Plan your testing schedule! Depending on the schools you are applying to, you may need to take the SAT or the ACT. Find out which test you need to take by going to the admissions page of your intended college’s website. Plan your testing schedule for the following year carefully so you will be prepared and you will have taken the test and received the results before you apply for college admission.
  • You can look at test dates and sign up for the tests by clicking on the following links: SAT or ACT


  • Get Ready For the SAT: You can take a free full length test and get a score and skills report by going to the Official SAT Test Preparation Center. You can also sign up for daily questions through this site.
  • Make a list of college that you are interested in or want to visit. You can find the Oregon school by clicking on the College page of this website.
  • Plan Ahead for Your Senior Year: Begin looking at when college applications are due and plan your summer activities by looking at volunteer opportunities in the area. If you need assistance you can visit the SAHS Career Center.


  • Begin to visit colleges that you are serious about attending and schedule interviews with admissions counselors. Here are some things that you may wish to do will on your campus visit; take a tour, sit in on a class that interests you, read the student newspaper, stay in the dorm, talk to coaches if you wish to play sports, eat in the cafeteria, talk with students about what they like/dislike and what they do on the weekends, browse the bookstore and drive around the area surrounding the campus.
  • Request applications from college for which you intend to apply. Check application dates.