University counselling for new Year 11 students
In the midst of adjusting to IB classes, integrating into a new school community, meeting new friends and engaging in a wide range of co-curricular activities, it’s not surprising that post-secondary applications may slip further down the list of priorities.
However, strong applications require good planning. Therefore, we encourage your son to arrange an appointment with his university counsellor before the end of the first term.
If your son is considering applications to American colleges, we recommend that he begins to explore standardized testing options this summer. Ideally, he should try a diagnostic test for both ACT and SAT to assess the better fit for his learning profile, as selective colleges will accept scores from either. Most students will take their first SAT or ACT in the winter term of Year 11.
Free practice tests can be found here.
Once your son has determined which test he prefers, you might consider ordering a test prep book or enrolling him in a course (online courses are also available) to provide as much practice as possible before arriving at UCC.
We ask that you and your son complete the Parent Questionnaire 2017 and student questionnaire 2017 and submit them to the university counselling office when you arrive on campus. The information you provide allows us to support your son more effectively in the post-secondary application process.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact university counselling director Katherine Ridout or call 416-488- 1125, ext. 2264.