The Road to College

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Testing & Education Reference Center Use this to read online study guides and take practice test.  High school exams include  GED, AP, ASVAB, HSPT & CAHSEE.  College and graduate school exams include CLEP, ACT, PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT & TOEFL.  Use can also find college and university information, distance education programs and undergraduate scholarships.  If you are connecting from outside the library, you will need your Sonoma County Library card number.

FAFSA Online The first step in applying for most financial aid.

I Can Afford From the California community colleges.  Apply here for scholarships and other financial aid. Free scholarship information service

College Admissions From  Comprehensive set of links on every possible topic relevant to college admissions.

College Source Online "Over 12,800 College Catalogs in complete cover-to-cover original page format including 2-year, 4-year, graduate, and professional schools."

SAT Preparation Quiz yourself and review vocabulary.

Grockit Grockit combines adaptive technology, social gaming, social networking to help you prepare for admission tests.

KnowHow2Go Info to help you get thinking about college, starting as early as middle school, up to senior year.

Braintrack  An authoritative directory for university, college, and career search.

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Reference Books are for library use only.  Those books will have an "R" before the call number.

More Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA 001.625 More & Online:

What Color is Your Parachute?  for Teens by Carol Christen Y 331.702 Christen

Study Smart, Study Less by Anne Crossman 371.3028 Crossman

Painless Study Techniques by Michael Greenberg 371.3028 Greenberg

College Essays that Made a Difference 378.161 College

Get It Together for College Y 378.161 Get

In!  College Admissions and Beyond by Lillian Luterman 378.161 Luterman

Essays That Will Get You into College by Chris Dowhan  378.1616 Dowhan

Guide to College Majors:  Everything you need to know to choose the right major 378.241 Guide

10 Best College Majors for your Personality by Lauren Shatkin 378.241 Shatkin

50 Best College Majors for a Secure Future by Laurence Shatkin  378.241 Shatkin

Don't Miss Out:  the Ambitious Student's Guide to Financial Aid by Anna Leider 378.3 Leider 

Debt-Free U by Zac Bissonnette  378.38 Bissonnette

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012:  Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes by Gen Tanabe 378.3 Tanabe

The Complete's Idiot's Guide to Paying for College by Ken Clark 378.3809 Clark

Cool Colleges for the hyper-intelligent, self-directed, late blooming, and just plan different by Donald Asher 378.73 Asher

Barron's Profiles of American Colleges 2011 R 378.73 Barron's & 378.73 Barron's

The Best 376 Colleges by Robert Franek  378.73 Best

Fiske Guide to Colleges by Edward Fiske 378.73 Fiske

The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2011:  [students on campus tell you what you really want to know]  R 378.73 Insider's & 378.73 Insider's

The Kids' College Almanac:  A First Look at College by Barbara Greenfeld  378.73 Greenfeld

America's Best Value Colleges by Eric Owens 378.73 Owens

The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited:  how to win scholarships, attract colleges and excel as an athlete by Stewart Brown 796.0711 Brown

If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact your reference librarian.


Another tip for the Common Essay:

When applying for a college, many people focus on the diversity of their extracurriculars, and this is fine when your major requires diversity. However, it is better to focus on what you do to establish yourself in the work you will persue professionaly. This makes you an asset to their college.

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