Your ACT composite score, together with your high school grades, indicates how prepared
you are for college. In addition, the scores from the various sections of the ACT
will help your college place you in the right classes, matching your skills with
course requirements. The ACT is accepted or preferred by more colleges and universities—including
all of the Ivy League colleges—than any other entrance exam. For more information
on the ACT go to http://www.actstudent.org
I need tips for the Writing section.
- Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test booklet.
- Do some planning before writing the essay; you will be instructed to do your prewriting
in your Writing Test booklet. You can refer to these notes as you write the essay
on the lined pages in your answer folder.
- Do not skip lines and do not write in the margins. Write your essay legibly, in
- Carefully consider the prompt and make sure you understand it—reread it if
you aren't sure.
- Decide how you want to answer the question in the prompt.
- Then jot down your ideas on the topic: this might simply be a list of ideas, reasons,
and examples that you will use to explain your point of view on the issue.
- Write down what you think others might say in opposition to your point of view and
think about how you would refute their arguments.
- Think of how best to organize the ideas in your essay.
- At the beginning of your essay, make sure readers will see that you understand the
- Explain your point of view in a clear and logical way.
- If possible, discuss the issue in a broader context or evaluate the implications
or complications of the issue.
- Address what others might say to refute your point of view and present a counterargument.
- Use specific examples.
- Vary the structure of your sentences, and use varied and precise word choices.
- Make logical relationships clear by using transitional words and phrases.
- Do not wander off the topic.
- End with a strong conclusion that summarizes or reinforces your position.
- If there is time, do a final check of the essay when it is finished.
- Correct any mistakes in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling.
- If you find any words that are hard to read, recopy them so your readers can read
- Make any corrections and revisions neatly, between the lines (but not in the margins).
**For more information go to http://www.actstudent.org.**
The SAT is a widely-used admission test. Many colleges accept either the SAT or
ACT, but some require one or the other. The SAT measures students' verbal reasoning,
critical reading, and math problem-solving skills. It tells colleges how well students
use the skills and knowledge they've learned so far, both in and out of school.
For more information on the SAT go to
I need tips for the Essay section on the SAT.
- There are no short cuts to success on the SAT essay.
You will not receive high scores on your essay just because it is long, or has five
paragraphs, or uses literary examples. The high school and college teachers who
score the SAT reward essays that insightfully develop a point of view with appropriate
reasons and examples and use language skillfully. So what can you do to write a
successful SAT essay?
- Read the entire assignment. It's all there to help you.
Every essay assignment contains a short paragraph about the issue. Imagine that
you are talking to the author of the paragraph about the issue. Would you argue
with him or her, or agree? What other ideas or examples would you bring up? Answering
these questions will help you develop your own point of view.
- Don't oversimplify. Developing your point of view doesn't
mean coming up with as many examples as you can.
- Rushing to give multiple relevant examples can lead you to oversimplify a complex
topic. An essay with one or two thoughtful, well-developed reasons or examples is
more likely to get a high score than an essay with three short, simplistic examples.
- There's nothing wrong with "I." You are asked
to develop your point of view on the issue, not give a straight report of the facts.
This is your opinion, so feel free to use "I," and give examples that
are meaningful to you, even ones from your personal life or experiences. Of course
you need to support your ideas appropriately, and show that you can use language
well, but remember: the essay is an opportunity for you to say what you think about
an issue relevant to your life.
**For more information go to http://www.collegeboard.com.**
What is the Eligibility Center?
The NCAA Eligibility Center formerly known as the NCAA Clearing House is where a
student wishing to play a Division I or II sport at any university must register.
The NCAA Initial Eligibility Center handles all student eligibility issues and the
website also contains all of the information and forms that you need to look at.
Among the topics that the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center deals with are of course
eligibility, recruiting processes and allowances, amateur/professional issues, other
rules and compliance issues and much more. By having everything together under one
umbrella, the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center makes it easier for parents and students
to understand what is expected and needed of them, and to get help when needed.
What can affect my eligibility?
Many different things can affect prospective student-athletes eligibility. Additionally,
there are many other rules that need to be remembered in order to receive and maintain
that eligibility, active participation and amateur status. The NCAA Initial Eligibility
Center - NCAA clearing house - contains information pertaining to the subjects of:
- Gambling and betting on sports: Sports betting is strictly prohibited and guarded
against in college athletics.
- The NCAA's drug testing program: The NCAA has a mandatory and scheduled drug testing
program. Information includes what drugs are banned and what the drug testing program
- Academic requirements: All student athletes are by definition, students first. There
are academic requirements in terms of what you need to complete in high school as
well as what you need to accomplish in college while playing your sport.
- Agents/Amateurism: The information pertaining to your amateur status, how obtaining
an agent can change that or take that away and what you need to be wary of with
shady individuals providing incentives and money.
- Additionally, information, forms and rules for specific cases where individuals
participating in college sports are also participating in competitions outside of
the NCAA which involve sponsorship and/or prize money.
- Recruiting processes: What is to be expected and what is and is not allowed with
the recruiting process. There are many coaches, assistant coaches or boosters of
athletic programs that try to bend the rules and could end up costing you your eligibility.
- Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct: These are on the field and in the community guidelines
for how a student athlete needs to carry his or herself and treat others. Additionally,
there are awards for those that stand out in this area, as there are academic awards
**These are just a few rules**
**For more information go to http://www.eligibilitycenter.org.**
I need requirements for NCAA.
-NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses as of August
1, 2008. This rule applies to any student first entering any Division I college
or university on or after August 1, 2008.
-NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses. Division
II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013.
-Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average.
-Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
-The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only
the critical reading and math sections. The writing
section of the SAT is not used.
16 Core-Course Rule
16 Core Courses:
-4 years of English.
-3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
-2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab
if offered by high school).
-1 year of additional English, mathematics or
-2 years of social science.
-4 years of additional courses (from any area
above, foreign language or nondoctrinal
14 Core-Course Rule
14 Core Courses:
-3 years of English.
-2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
-2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab
if offered by high school).
-2 years of additional English, mathematics or
-2 years of social science.
-3 years of additional courses (from any area
above, foreign language or nondoctrinal
-The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of
the four sections on the ACT: English, mathematics,
reading and science.
-Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average.
-Be sure to look at your high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses
on the Eligibility Center's Web site to make certain that courses being taken have
been approved as core courses. The Web site is http://www.eligibilitycenter.org
-Division I grade-point-average requirements can be
found on http://www.ncaa.org
-The Division II grade-point-average requirement is
a minimum of 2.000.
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning August 1, 2013, students planning to attend an NCAA Division
II institution will be
required to complete 16 core courses.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
-Division II has no sliding scale. The minimum core
grade-point average is 2.000. The minimum SAT score is 820 (verbal and math sections
only) and the minimum ACT sum score is 68.
-14 core courses are currently required for Division II.
However, beginning 2013, students will be required to complete 16 core courses.
-16 core courses are required for Division I.
-The SAT combined score is based on the verbal and math sections only. The writing
section will not be used.
-SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the Eligibility
Center from the testing agency. Scores on transcripts will not be used.
-Students enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II institution
for the first time need to also complete the amateurism questionnaire through the
Eligibility Center Web site. Students need to request final amateurism certification
prior to enrollment.
**For more information go http://www.ncaa.org.
Click on “Academics and Athletes” then “Eligibility and Recruiting.”
Or visit the Eligibility Center Web site at http://www.eligibilitycenter.org.**
I need requirements for NAIA.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
serves as the governing body of nearly 300 colleges, universities, athletic conferences,
and organizations. Today, NAIA has around 50,000 student athletes participating.
Currently within the NAIA, there are 23 conferences within 14 Regions and 23 championships
in 13 sports.
1. An entering freshman student must be a graduate of an accredited high school
or be accepted as a regular student in good standing as defined by the enrolling
2. An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry level requirements:
a. A minimum score of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 860 on the SAT (for tests taken
on or after April 1, 1995).
NOTE: In order to meet the requirement of Article
V, Section C, item 2, paragraph a above, an entering freshman taking the SAT as
of March 1, 2005 must achieve a score of 860 or higher on the Critical
Reading and Math sections.
b. An overall high school grade point average of 2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale.
c. Graduate in the upper half of the student's high school graduating class.
To meet the NAIA freshman requirements a home-schooled student must receive the
certificate (or equivalent) granted by the appropriate state agency verifying that
the student successfully completed the home schooling requirements of that state.
“Equivalent” can be interpreted in several ways but the key is that
in some way the appropriate state has verified in an official capacity that the
student has fulfilled the proper home school requirements. The student must also
achieve a minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT as mandated under item
In rare instances, a student may have been home schooled in a state that has no
home school requirements or a state agency that can verify that the home school
requirements have been successfully completed. In that instance the institution
will need to seek an exception to the standard rule for the student under the process
detailed at Article V, Section L of the NAIA Bylaws. In prior requests, a student
who has scored well on the ACT or SAT has had an outstanding chance of receiving
An incoming international freshman student must meet the same requirements required
of a domestic freshman student. If high school GPA and class ranking cannot be determined
then the international student can be determined eligible by meeting the NAIA institution’s
admission criteria for international students and by meeting the following NAIA
1. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT as mandated under item 2(a).
2. Meet the entering freshman requirements as defined for students from each country
in the most current Guide to International Academic Standards for Athletics Eligibility
(GIAS on freshman form) published by the NCAA using AACRAO guidelines.
**For more information go to http://www.naia.org.
I need requirements for NJCAA.
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
serves as the governing body for 510 two year community colleges, junior college
athletic departments, athletic conferences, and organizations. Rules and guidelines
are developed for athletics eligibility and athletics competition for each of the
three NJCAA divisions. NJCAA offers competition in the following 17 sports.
A. A student-athlete must be a graduate of a high school with a duly recognized
academic diploma or a General Education Department test (GED) that has been:
1. Authorized by a State Department of Education or other State recognized education
2. Authorized by a Regional Association as defined by the United States Department
3. Approved by the NJCAA National Office after submission of a request letter, appropriate
transcripts and documentation.
B. Non-high school graduates can establish eligibility for athletic participation
by completing one term of college work passing 12 credits with a 1.75 GPA or higher.
This term must be taken after the student-athlete's high school class has graduated.
C. Non-high school graduates who have earned sufficient credit for high school graduation
status can establish eligibility for athletic participation by completing one term
of college work passing 12 credits with a 1.75 GPA or higher. This term can be completed
before the student-athlete's high school class has graduated.
D. Student-athletes classified under Section 3.B. or 3.C. may be added to the eligibility
roster after completion of the requirements in the respective Section. (May not
be added until the term is over.)
E. Student-athletes who are completing high school and are simultaneously enrolled
in 12 or more credits at a college are eligible for athletic participation with
the completion of the NJCAA High School Waiver Form (Form 3.e). This form must be
signed by the student-athlete's high school Principal and the College President.
This provision is applicable to only those student-athletes whose high school class
has not graduated at the time of college enrollment.
**For more information go to http://www.njcaa.org.**
NCAA Eligibility Center- http://www.eligibilitycenter.org