College Counseling

The counselors at Bishop England start discussing college planning as early as the 9th grade.  Students are shown how to use Naviance in their search for a good college “fit”.  The junior and senior counselors will meet with students and their families each year to make sure students are meeting application deadlines, making transcript requests, and applying for financial aid.  Some of the ways our counselors go the extra mile is by offering a summer college “boot camp” for rising seniors, hosting a Financial Aid Night, inviting college representatives to our campus to meet with interested students, taking students on college tours, and hosting college fairs and offering a Case Study Night.

Through involvement in the National Association for College Admissions, the Southern Association for College Admissions, the American School Counseling Association, and the National Catholic Association, our counseling department stays informed about the ever changing scene in college admissions.

Naviance

A college and career planning tool to optimize student success which connects academic achievement to post-secondary goals.

How to Navigate Naviance

  1. College Planning: College Search, Application Process, College Major Search/Exploration, Scholarship/Financial Aid Resources.
  2. Applying to College: Sending Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations to College.
  3. Career Planning: Interest Inventory, “Do What You Are” Personality Inventory, Cluster Finder Inventory, Resume Building.
  4. Success Planning: Personalized Goals and Tasks, Journal Entries, Student Planner.

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SAT & ACT Testing

SAT & ACT Prep List

BE’s High School Code for SAT/ACT: 410370

Bishop England does not endorse one particular preparation course.  This is simply information as it comes to us.

Khan Academy Free tutoring for the current and redesigned PSAT/SAT

Kaplan 1-800-527-8378

Chegg SAT

Chegg ACT

Mathnasium Call to set-up a free trial session: 843-352-7125 Expert Math Tutors – We only tutor math. Using the time-tested, proprietary Mathnasium Method™, we’re committed to helping your child catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math. Custom Learning Plans & Personalized Instruction – Your child will receive personalized instruction and a customized learning plan based on their unique needs and goals. The results are measurable progress and confidence in math. Homework Help – Our math experts provide homework help that addresses gaps in knowledge and teaches proper study skills. Homework will be seen as a welcome challenge and an opportunity for further learning.

Math Made Simple – 843-214-0548 My name is Emily Hight and I am the owner of Math Made Simple, a private math tutoring service serving the Charleston, SC area. Additionally I am a certified teacher for grades 7 – 12 in both SC and GA with 10 years of classroom experience as well as starting and operating my tutoring service since 2008. We offer summer tutoring and math enrichment as well as SAT and ACT preparation!

Virtual South Carolina – This the Online Public High School that also offers SAT & ACT Test Prep Courses. You MUST speak to your School Counselor before registering for a course as there is a process and specific information that you will need to create an account.

Applerouth Tutoring Services

College Edge

Club Z Tutoring

Jantzi Test Prep – 100% Money-Back Guarantee

Power Score

Prep Now Tutoring

The Princeton Review

The 32 Most Effective SAT Math Strategies Book

ACT

SAT

ACT E-Book

SAT ACT
Aptitude vs. Achievement SAT is more of an achievement exam than it was in the past.   You can study for the SAT ACT is an achievement exam
Test Length 154 questions 3 hours without the essay SAT allows more time per question than the ACT 215 questions 2 hours, 55 minutes without the essay
ACT Science No separate science section. ACT has a section that includes biology, chemistry, physics and earth science.
Writing Skills Knowledge of grammar rules Knowledge of grammar rules More emphasis on punctuation
Math Algebra 1 and 2 Algebra 1, 2 and some basic trigonometry
Guessing penalty No longer a penalty for guessing Still no penalty for guessing
Essay Differences Optional 50 minutes Optional 40 minutes
Vocabulary More emphasis on vocabulary More emphasis on language skills
Structural Differences Questions get more difficult as you progress. Some math questions require written answers. More constant level of difficulty. Math is all multiple choice.
Scoring Differences Each section is worth 800 points. Average score is around 500 per section. Whole ACT test is out of 36 points. Average score is 21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAFSA Information

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Any student who is wishing to receive federal student aid in the form of grants, loans or work-study must apply for these funds by filling out the FAFSA.  This will be done in the fall of the senior year of high school, and every year thereafter that the student is in college.  The 2018-19 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2017.

Click here for The Official Website

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Click HERE for NCAA Division I New Regulations for 2017

Click HERE for NCAA Division II New Regulations for 2017

Click HERE for the Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

BE Campus Visit Field Trips

October 19, 2017

Counselors are taking interested students on a college tour trip to Winthrop University and Wofford College. Field trip permission forms are now available in the Counseling Office.  DUE NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 26th. The cost is $80 which covers the cost of a charter bus, bus driver, tip and lunch on campus.

College Essay Tips

College Board’s tips for writing a great college essay:

  1. Brainstorm: identify your strengths and personality traits
  2. Gather your ideas and thoughts and create your first draft
  3. Develop three parts: introduction, body and conclusion
  4. Start focusing on how your essay answers the question
  5. Can you be creative and make your essay stand out from the rest
  6. Be honest and write your essay from your own point of view
  7. Get feedback from others who know you
  8. Have others proofread it (teacher, counselor, parent) to make sure there are absolutely no errors in your writing

Get more information on the college essay from the College Board HERE

Campus Tour Questions & Questions for College Reps

Questions About Campus Housing

Can students choose which college dorm they live in?

Is there something I should know about housing that would help me in my choice?

What amenities (air conditioning, refrigerator, bathroom, etc.) do the rooms have?

How many roommates are assigned to a dorm room?

How are roommates chosen?

Do all students live on-campus? Do only freshmen?

What types of security measures are in place at the dorms?

Questions About Classes

How difficult is it to enroll in the courses you need?

What is the distance between the dorms and classroom buildings?

How many students are in each class? What is the faculty-student ratio?

How many hours per week do you spend in class? How many hours do you study?

Questions About Getting Around

Does the college have a campus shuttle service?

Can students bring a car to campus?

If there is no transportation, are there stores for supplies and groceries within walking distance?

Questions About Activities

What types of clubs are offered?

Does the college have intramural sports?

How would you rate the fitness center? The student life center?

What events (speakers, movies, festivals, etc.) does the college host?

What is student life like on the weekends? Weeknights?

Other Questions

How do you like the cafeteria food? How many cafeterias does the college have? Do they all offer the same food?

Do I need my own computer and printer? Does the college give a printing allowance?

Are on-campus jobs available?

Are there medical facilities on campus? How does that work?

Do you feel safe on-campus? Off-campus?

Is the community welcoming of students?

Are there any new programs of study scheduled for the next few years?

What do you like best about this college? Worst?

 

 

Resume Tips

A resume can set you apart from other applicants. Here are some tips on how to put together a good resume.

  1. Provide your name, address, email and phone number so you can be easily contacted.
  2. Include the proper sections such as education, employment, activities, volunteer service, and references.
  3. Proofread, proofread, and proofread again. Then once you have done that, ask somebody else to proofread it. Employers will spot those spelling and grammar mistakes when they are weeding out the poorly done resumes.
  4. Include only what you have done in high school, unless it is an activity that you started when you were younger and still doing today (examples might include altar serving, boy scouts, etc.). Longevity looks good!
  5. Don’t forget about accomplishments and awards! It shows the potential employer that you are a hard worker, committed to doing well.
  6. Sign into your Naviance account and start building your resume today. You can update it as you go along.