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Fiske Countdown to College
41 To-Do Lists and a Plan for Every Year of High School
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Unique, simple approach to the complicated college prep process, from the leading authority in college admissions.Getting ready for college is a complicated and confusing process — how do you know when...
Unique, simple approach to the complicated college prep process, from the leading authority in college admissions.Getting ready for college is a complicated and confusing process — how do you know when...
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  • Unique, simple approach to the complicated college prep process, from the leading authority in college admissions.

    Getting ready for college is a complicated and confusing process — how do you know when to take the SAT? When do you start applying to schools? What classes should you be taking to help prepare you for college-level work? Is there anything you should do before high school?

    Fiske Countdown to College is a comprehensive collection of simple, easy-to-use checklists that spell out your road map for each year of high school and make preparation for college a breeze. There are 28 "to-do" lists for parents and students, ten "don't" lists, three "top 10" lists, and two glossaries, divided by year, that walk you through high school to college. Quotes from students, parents, and counselors offer advice and support from people who've been through all of this before.

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  • Edward B. Fiske is the founder and editor of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. A former Education Editor of the New York Times, Fiske is known around the world for his award-winning writing on topics ranging from trends in American higher education to school reform in Southeast Asia, New Zealand and South Africa.
    The guide was established in 1982 when, covering higher education for the Times, Fiske sensed the need for a publication that would help students and parents navigate the increasingly complex college admissions scene. The guide, an annual publication, immediately became a standard part of college admissions literature and it is now the country's best-selling college guide.
    Fiske has teamed up with his wife, Helen F. Ladd, a professor at Duke University, on several major international research projects regarding the development of education in various countries. Together, they are co-editors of the Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy, the official handbook of the American Education Finance Association. Fiske's journalistic travels have taken him to more than 60 countries on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNESCO and the Asia Society.
    Born in Philadelphia, Fiske graduated from Wesleyan University summa cum laude, and received master's degrees in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and in political science from Columbia University. He is a regular contributor to the International Herald-Tribune. In addition to the New York Times, his articles and book reviews have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, and other national publications.
    A resident of Durham, North Carolina, Fiske serves on a number of boards of non-profit organizations working for access to college and international understanding. He is also a founding member of the board of the Central Park School for Children, a charter school in Durham.

Table of Contents-

  • Freshman Year
    List #1: Getting a Good Start
    List #2: Learn about Honors, AP, and IB Courses
    List #3: High School Begins
    List #4: What to Do with an Underachiever

    Sophomore Year
    List #5: College Looms Closer
    List #6: Registering for the SAT and ACT
    List #7: Get Informed about the SAT Subject Tests
    List #8: The Truth about Test Prep
    List #9: The National Merit Program
    List #10: The SAT and the ACT: What's the Difference?
    List #11: Explore Careers
    List #12: Know the Top Five Myths of College Admission

    College Admission Pledge for Students
    College Admission Pledge for Parents

    Junior Year
    List #13: Academics
    List #14: ACT, SAT, and PSAT, Junior Year
    List #15: The College Search, Junior Year, for Students
    List #16: Find Out the Tuition and Fees
    List #17: The College Search DON'T List, for Students
    List #18: The College Search, Junior Year, for Parents
    List #19: Know the Facts about College Recruitment
    List #20: The College Search DON'T List, for Parents
    List #21: Making the Most of College Tours
    List #22: College Tour DON'T List
    List #23: The Summer after Junior Year

    Junior Year
    List #24: ACT, SAT, and PSAT, Senior Year
    List #25: Getting Letters of Recommendation
    List #26: Early Decision and Early Action
    List #27: The College Search, Senior Year, for Students
    List #28: The Application DON'T List
    List #29: The College Search, Senior Year, for Parents
    List #30: Get to Know the Admission Counselors
    List #31: Get Informed about the Performing Arts

    Application Process
    List #32: The Scholarship Search
    List #33: Surviving the College Essay
    List #34: College Essay DON'T List
    List #35: The Financial Aid Process
    List #36: Winter of Senior Year
    List #37: After the Acceptances, for Students
    List #38: Handling the Waitlist
    List #39: After the Acceptances, for Parents
    List #40: The Summer before College
    List #41: Letting Go

    Epilogue
    Acknowledgments
    College Counselors Advisory Group
    Notes

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