College Preparation Resources
Hello, my name is Tom Woodford and I am the College Counselor for Hilliard City Schools. I will host many college based meetings throughout the year, all students and parents are welcome to attend. One of the highlights of my job is that I get to meet with students and families to discuss the college process.
Feel free to reach out to me at any time to discuss your child’s college path.
My email is Tom_Woodford@hboe.org.
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requires you to commit to a college or university at the time of application that, if admitted, you will enroll. You should apply under an Early Decision plan only if you know that you can make a well-reasoned, first-choice decision. Upon admission the institution will require a nonrefundable deposit well before May 1. You may apply to other colleges but may have only one Early Decision application pending at any time. Colleges will respond to requests for financial aid at or near the time admission is offered. If admitted, you must enroll unless the financial aid award is inadequate.
permits you to apply to a college or university of your choice and receive a decision early in the senior year, well in advance of the normal spring response dates. Though you will hear early regarding your admission, you are not committed to attend and you may apply to other colleges. If you are applying for financial aid you will follow the aid application deadlines set by the institution. You are not required to make a commitment before May 1, but you are encouraged to do so as soon as a final choice is made.
is a plan in which institutions review most of their applications before notifying the majority of candidates of their admission. In this process, colleges set a deadline for completing applications and will respond to completed applications by a specified date. If you are applying for financial aid you will follow aid application deadlines set by the school. You may apply to other colleges. You will not be required to make a decision regarding enrolling before May 1.
is a term used to describe the application process in which an institution reviews applications as they are received and offers decisions to students soon after they are made. If you are applying for financial aid you will follow aid application deadlines set by the school. You may apply to other colleges and you will not be required to make a decision regarding enrolling before May 1.
is a term used by institutions to describe a process in which they may initially delay offering or deny you admission, but rather extends to you the possibility of admission in the future. Colleges offer admission to wait list candidates if insufficient numbers of regularly admitted candidates accept their offers of admission.
ACT or SAT
How are they different?
The ACT is considered a more “curriculum based” test since it tests a student’s academic
preparedness for college in the areas of English, Math, Reading, and Science by calling on
information students have learned in their high school coursework.
The SAT is traditionally thought of as a test that measures a student’s critical thinking skills, testing
a student’s ability to analyze and solve problems in Math, Reading, and Writing.
- 3 hr. 50 min. examination
- Passage-based questions from literature
- Tested on higher level math, including trig.
- Math = 50% of score
- One non calculator section
- No penalty for guessing
- No Science
- Grammar – approximately 30 tested rules
- Scored between 400-1600
- No penalty for wrong answers
- Optional Writing section
- 3 hr. examination
- Heavy in grammar and reading
- Tested on Alg., Geom., & Trig.
- Math = 25% of score
- School curriculum based
- No penalty for guessing
- Science reasoning section
- English grammar section
- Math formulas not provided
- No penalty for wrong answers
- Optional Writing section
TEST PREP INFORMATION
- Kaplan: www.kaptest.com or 800-KAP-TEST
- The ACT Review: www.actreview.com or 614-834-8886
- Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com or 800-2REVIEW
- Tutoring Club: www.tutoringclub.com or 614-664-9474 (Hilliard)
- College Smiths: www.CollegeSmiths.com
- BWS Educational Consulting: www.bwseducationconsulting.com
- Contact Brian Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-353-4725.
- Next Level Prep: https://nlpohio.com
- Contact Dave Dobos at email@example.com or 614-580-7380.
- Tutor Doctor of Dublin Ohio: www.tutordoctor.com/dublin-oh or 614-363-3363
- Offering at-home subject and ACT/SAT tutoring
What is a contact?
A contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college’s campus.
What is a contact period?
During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.
What is an evaluation period?
During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.
What is a quiet period?
During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus. A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.
What is a dead period?
During a dead period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.
What is the difference between an official visit and an unofficial visit?
Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.
During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event.
The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.
What is a National Letter of Intent?
A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete when the student-athlete agrees to attend a Division I or II college or university for one academic year. Participating institutions agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.
The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports.
Signing an National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.
A student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at their new school before being eligible to compete.
What are recruiting calendars?
Recruiting calendars help promote the well-being prospective student-athletes and coaches and ensure competitive equity by defining certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport.