Welcome TO College Counseling News
In this post:
- Ms. Parliman's Departure and New Counselor
- PSAT 10 Registration Now Open - Deadline: March 2
- AP Exam Registration Now Open - Deadline: March 16
- Reminder: Test Prep Course - Deadline: This Friday
- Opportunity to Try Revolution Prep for Free
- Expectations for Premières
Ms. Parliman's Departure and New Counselor
It is with mixed feelings that I have resigned from my position as University Counselor. My husband and I have decided to relocate to California, where I have accepted a new counseling role. My last day will be this Friday, February 17. I have enjoyed my time at Rochambeau and the relationships I've built with many of you.
I am leaving you in the very capable hands of the new counselor, Ashley Cole. Her first day is this Wednesday, February 15. During my last few days here, I will be working with Ashley and getting her “up to speed” on everything she needs to know. I had the pleasure of working with Ashley in the admissions office at American University, where she spent ten years.
At AU, Ashley managed one of the largest recruitment territories (New York City boroughs and suburbs) and also recruited in Canada. She managed and supported initiatives including: managing and training application readers; revamping multicultural, diversity, and first-generation recruitment strategies; and building relationships with hundreds of universities, high schools, and community based organizations. Prior to working AU, she worked for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as Admissions Counselor.
Ashley is currently writing her dissertation to earn her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston. She has a BS in Criminal Justice and MS in Law and Public Policy. She has presented at conferences in both the US and Europe. She is currently the chair of the Youth Leadership Member Interest Group within the International Leadership Association and serves on the planning committee for its annual conference in Brussels this fall.
Here is a personal “hello” from Ashley: “I'm thrilled to be joining the Rochambeau community and am looking forward to meeting all of the wonderful families and students who will be visiting me as I transition into the University Counselor position. I understand the issues facing higher education, and the ins and outs of the college admissions process. I promise to serve as a strong advocate on your behalf to support, inspire, and guide your intellectual, social, and emotional growth as you find the best college or university for you. Please stop by to introduce yourselves; my door will always be open to you. I am so honored to be joining Rochambeau!”
Ashley’s email is email@example.com. After the February break please feel free to get in touch with her. I know you’ll love working with Ashley, as I did.
PSAT 10 Registration Now Open - Deadline: March 2
The PSAT 10 will be offered at the school on Thursday, March 9th, 2017, starting at 8:30am sharp and ending about 12:00-12:30pm.
What is the PSAT 10?
The PSAT 10 is a practice exam for the College Board’s SAT, specifically offered to secondes (or 10th grade, in the US system). The PSAT measures verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities important to success in university. You will receive a score report and information on how you can improve your scores. The PSAT helps predict performance on the SAT, but it is not used in US university admission. PSAT scores will be sent only to the student and to Rochambeau.
Why should I take it?
Nearly all US universities, and some international universities, require the SAT or ACT for admission. This test is practice for taking the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2017. It also helps prepare you to eventually take the SAT later in première. The more familiar you are with the test format, and the more practice you have, the better prepared you’ll be for the SAT.
What does the test look like?
The actual testing time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus 10 minutes for breaks and up to an hour to distribute materials and fill out personal information in test booklets. There are sections on the test for math, reading, writing, and language.
How can I prepare?
- Review practice tools available online:
- Consider taking a free practice test at PrepMatters in Bethesda
- Review the PSAT 10 Student Guide (pick up a copy when you submit your registration form)
How do I register?
Submit the registration form and a check by March 2.
AP Exam Registration Now Open - Deadline: March 16
Advanced Placement exams are given at the school in the first two weeks of May.
Why should I take it?
Obtaining high scores on AP tests can sometimes allow students to receive university credit (in US universities), and can sometimes give students a boost in the admissions process in the US and UK. Advanced Placement exams are constructed to demonstrate a student’s abilities and knowledge in a subject. They are difficult, comprehensive tests, somewhat similar to Baccalauréat final exams. A good score can showcase your knowledge in an area.
Who should take it?
Students usually take these tests in seconde or première. We recommend that anyone planning to apply to US universities consider taking the AP French Language and Culture exam. For those who speak, read, and write another language fluently, also consider taking the AP test in that language. There are AP language exams in German, Italian, Spanish, etc. Be aware that the AP English exams involve significant amounts of reading and composition and are at a higher level than the other language exams.
What does the test look like? How should I prepare?
- List of exams and the schedule
- Descriptions of the tests and sample questions
- Find out which colleges and universities award AP credit or use APs in admission
- Information on the AP French Language and Culture test
- Review the AP Bulletin (pick up a copy when you submit your registration form)
Use these resources to learn about the AP exams before submitting a registration form. For non-language subjects, be sure you are confident about the exam content before registering for a test.
Change from last year: In the past, students taking foreign language exams had to bring their own tape recorder to record answers on the speaking section of the test. This year, students will record their answers on school-issued computers.
How do I register?
Submit the registration form and a check by March 16.
Reminder: Test Prep Course - Deadline: This Friday
Introduction to Standardized Test Mathematics, Vocabulary, and Grammar
Who: Students in troisième and seconde
What: Four-week course introducing students to American-style standardized tests, taught by an instructor from PrepMatters
Where: In the lycée on the Forest Road campus
Dates: Mondays, March 6 to March 27
Time: 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
- Teaches test-taking skills appropriate to the PSAT, SAT, and ACT
- Emphasizes English and math vocabulary, formulae and problem types, P/SAT vocabulary, and standardized test grammar
- Test-taking strategies include math methods, strategies for multiple choice and short passages, and time management
Submit the registration form if interested. We must have 15 registered students in order for PrepMatters to hold the course.
Opportunity to Try Revolution Prep for Free
As shown above, this school year we have continued to partner with PrepMatters to hold optional test prep courses at Rochambeau. Every year, we receive many parent inquiries on the subject of private tutoring and SAT/ACT preparation. We also receive several requests from tutoring and test preparation companies that are eager to promote their services. While we tend to shy away from recommendations, another tutoring company is offering a great resource to our families that we wanted to advertise.
Revolution Prep is offering every Rochambeau student four hours of tutoring in any subject or test prep, no purchase necessary. Tutoring hours may be used anytime. Please see the attached flyer for more information, and let us know about your experience. To redeem: by February 28, 2017, families must contact our Revolution Prep Academic Advisor liaison: Giulia Rinaldis Hollister, 717-689-4918.
By the end of the school year, you should:
- Research and begin to narrow down a list of universities you will apply to. Visit as many campuses as possible and ask lots of questions. See the Resources section of the College Counseling page for ideas on how to find universities that match your interests
- Plan and register for SAT/ACT, SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL/IELTS, and any other tests you may need for admission
- Ask two teachers to write recommendation letters for you (for US or UK applications)
- Contact Ms. Cole for an initial meeting to discuss your college plans and goals, or a follow-up meeting if you have further questions after meeting with Ms. Parliman this winter
Students are expected to have an intentional, thought-through list of colleges and universities to turn in by the end of September of terminale. It takes time for us to compile all your documents, so we expect families to adhere to the Rochambeau University Counseling deadlines.
Best wishes for the rest of the school year and beyond! It’s been a pleasure to work with you.
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