• Class of 2025

  • 11th Grade ECAP Goals

    Students will understand the purpose and value of the SAT and ACT by:

    • Registering and taking the online PSAT in the fall
    • Taking the online ACT with writing in the spring (at Chaparral during the school day - no registration required)
    • Taking the SAT (optional but highly encouraged; must register through CollegeBoard.org

    Students will explore post-high school options and plans by:


    Counselors met with all 11th graders on September 12th, 2023. We also held a Coffee with the Counselors presentation on September 15th, 2023 for parents. Linked is the PowerPoint presentation we discussed. Key points include:

    • How to accurately read transcripts
    • Retaking classes and “R” tags
    • Summer school for grade improvement
    • PSAT, SAT and ACT exams
    • Scholarships for college
    • College visits on campus
    • Registering for the NCAA, if applicable
    • Summer programs

    AP Course Recommendations Based on Past Test Scores:

    If you’ve taken the PSAT, you can look at your online score report to see information about which AP courses CollegeBoard thinks you’ll likely do well in. Click Here for more information. 


    NCAA:

    Any student who wishes to participate in college athletics must register with the NCAA. Students who plan to play in either Division I or II must register, while those who plan to play in Division III do not.

    NCAA requires specific courses to be taken at specific times during high school. To see what is required of each of the three divisions, Click Here.


    College Testing:

    PSAT

    Click Here for PSAT score access from last year:

    • See all your scores and if you are on track for college readiness
    • View detailed explanations of skills required to be college ready
    • Send your scores to Khan Academy® for personalized practice recommendations.
    • Search for colleges that suit your needs
    • Access your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score - used for participation in programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    • Start on your scholarship and college financial aid plan
    • Take a personality test to find majors and careers fit for you
    • Get feedback on your readiness for AP courses

    Juniors had an opportunity to register to take the PSAT again this year for the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. If you registered and would like to prepare, here are a couple of online resources (Chaparral is no longer provided with hard copies of a practice test booklet from the College Board): 

    https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/digital/digital-practice-preparation/practice-tests/bluebook

    https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat/full-length-sat-1/paper-sat-tests/a/full-length-psat-nmsqt

    ACT/SAT  

    Many colleges and universities will require that students take either the SAT or ACT. We suggest that students try both, beginning around winter or spring of their junior year, as some students score better on one versus the other. SUSD pays and registers all 11th grade students to take the ACT in the fall semester. Students can also register to take an additional ACT or SAT in the spring of junior year/summer going into Senior year. (NOTE: Registration for these tests is not done through Chaparral.)  

    Which test should I take? SAT vs ACT  

    Consider taking a FREE practice length test for the ACT or SAT to determine which test is for you.   

    Princeton Review is a valuable website to use when assessing the difference between the SAT & ACT tests. Similar tests are available through Scottsdale Education Center, Kaplan, Revolution Prep or Vogel Prep.   

    ACT - Get more information and register at http://www.act.org/. You will also send your scores to colleges through this website.

    Here are some ACT "Question of the Day" sources: 

    The "Question of the Day" could be from any exam section. Studying one question per day can add up over time!

    Students can also visit ACT's website for sample test questions. If you look over to the right, you can change the subject area. 

    SAT - Get more information and register at https://www.collegeboard.org/. You can sign up for the SAT on this website. You will also send your scores to colleges through this website.

    Click Here for free SAT prep resources.