Starting last school year, for students entering high school in 2015-2016 school year. The State of North Carolina changed the way courses are weighted across the system.
Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weighting for Honors courses shall be one-half (.5) of a quality point.
Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weight for AP/IB courses shall be one (1) quality point.
The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges.
Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
Go to college fairs in your area.
Consider Taking the PSAT/NMSQT®
Sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT, which is given in October. Ask your counselor which date is offered at your school. Get free online PSAT/NMSQT practice.
If you're taking the PSAT/NMSQT check 'yes' for Student Search Service® to hear about colleges and scholarships.
Winter / Prepare for Tests
Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.