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ETS knows that supporting your student's current success, as well as preparing for a future in postsecondary education can be overwhelming. Below are some internet resources that can help you get started. Your family's ETS Advisor is always available to provide further assistance, support, and resources as well.
To reach your ETS Advisor visit Our Staff for the address and phone numbers.
The First Step is Success in High School
Getting the most out of your high school experience can be the best way to ensure success in college. Your ETS Advisor can help your student maximize their time in high school through tutoring opportunities, academic improvement sessions and learning style assessments which help determine the way they most effectively learn. Explore these links for additional information.
Helpful Websites for Families Preparing for College
ETS Educational Advisors will help you and your student navigate the road to college through each grade by addressing age and grade specific issues. For information you can use at home, check out some of these informational sites.
College Preparatory Course List
Colleges have multiple criteria they take into consideration when they evaluate an admission application. One factor looked at closely is the academic course load the student took in high school. Below is a basic list of College Preparatory Courses. (Be sure to check with your ETS Advisor to investigate a specific college's application requirements.)
- 4 years of English (including Composition and Literature)
- 3 years of Math (2 years of Algebra & 1 year of Geometry)
- 3 years of Social Studies (including 1 year each of U.S. History and Geography)
- 3 years of Science (including 1 year each of a Biological and Physical science)
- 3 years of Specified Electives (2 years of a single world language and 1 year of either world culture or the arts)
- The ACT College Entrance Exam also needed for 4 year colleges
- ACCUPLACER® Placement Exam is required for 2 year colleges
What Does Your Student Want to be When They Grow Up?
Picking a career is a challenge for many young people. Exploring possible career opportunities in conjunction with defining specific interest and abilities can help your student begin to narrow down their answer to the big question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Your family's ETS Advisor can provide useful evaluation tools to help in this process. Below are two websites that can help your student begin exploring their options.
- Minnesota Careers
- I Seek
- Learn about your local labor market. Discover careers that fit with your teen's interests, skills and values. Explore career options together.
- Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)
- You must have a user name and password to use, see your Educational Advisor for details.
How Can We Afford College?
Many families face the challenge of paying for college. Your ETS Advisor can help you figure out what options are available to you and your student, and how to maneuver through the application process. Here are some quick links to introduce you to the world of college Financial Aid. Contact your ETS Advisor to get more information and assistance.
- For Juniors and Parents, click here
- FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Fin Aid - The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
- College View
For scholarship information and links, visit our Scholarship Information page.