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Calculating Your GPA

AVID students are constantly asked to calculate their GPA since it is so important as a college entrance requirement.  Use this site if you are in middle school and this site if you are in high school to check your GPA and be sure to do it at least once a week.

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Want to Learn More About Scholarships?

A scholarship is a monetary award for a student to use for their college education. Scholarships are awarded based upon a number of different criteria decided by the person, group, or organization giving the award. Scholarship money is not paid back, it is a gift.

There are a number of different types of scholarships awarded to students from countless organizations. The gifted amount can be very small, just a few dollars, to very large, the entire tuition is paid.

There are many places to look for scholarship money but beware of scams. Never pay money to receive a list of scholarships and always be careful with your personal information. Big Future offers a site to find scholarship money, click here to check it out.

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Getting Ready to Take the SAT

Khan Academy has one mission–To provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

The newest way Khan Academy is trying to help others is with a free SAT prep.

The SAT is a test that 11th and 12th graders take.  The results of that test are used by colleges to gauge how well a student will do in college.  Some colleges require a certain score on the SAT to be accepted to that school.

8th-grade AVID students are incredibly lucky, they get to take a practice version, called the PSAT, this April.  Khan Academy has teamed up with the company that gives the practice version of the SAT to help students practice for the real test.

By creating a partnership with the College Board, Khan Academy can get access to students’ PSAT test scores to help create a learning program exclusively for the student and it is all free.  If students take advantage of lessons it is possible to raise SAT scores.  Those raised SAT scores may help students get into college.

Kahn Academy hopes that this program will make getting into college more fair for everyone.  Click here to start your SAT practice lessons.

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More and more kids are taking the ACT.  What is the ACT?  It is a test used by many colleges as a type of college entrance exam.  It is similar to the SAT, however, the difference is the SAT is mostly Math and English, whereas the ACT includes questions from Math, English, Science and Social Studies.  I was once told that AVID students typically do better on the ACT than the SAT.  In the last few years, students have been able to take both tests and choose which test results to give prospective colleges based on the scores they recieve.  All 8th graders at Sussman Middle School will be able to take a practice exam this November.  Downey United School District believes that the more students practice, tbe better their results will be.

Want to learn more?  Check out this article that I found a few months ago about students taking the ACT.