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Mrs. Lajoie works with the juniors and seniors to help them reach their academic, personal and career goals.  To reach Mrs. Lajoie, please email her at



**Students wishing to attend these sessions must sign up in the counseling center.  Students who have not requested to attend will not be admitted. As information sessions are added, seniors will be notified in their English classes.


21st General College Application Workshop – Lunch, Counseling Center

27th Seattle Pacific University – 11:45
28th Whittier College – 11:00

28th Seaton Hall – 1:30


Financial Aid/General College Application Information Night

Thursday, September 29 at 5:30 in room 607




On Wednesday, October 19, the 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT.  They will be receiving test preparation booklets late September.  If you would like your student to have one earlier, please have them see their counselor.  Exams will be completed by noon and all students will be dismissed from school at that time.  There are no make-up tests, so please make every effort to be at school on that day.  Seniors should use this day to visit colleges, as they are not required to be in school on that day.



Any college/university that requires standardized test scores will accept either the SAT or ACT.

content-based test Type of Test content-based test
Reading: 1, 65-min section; Math: 1, 25-min section (no calculator) & 1, 55-min section (w/ calculator); Writing & Langauge: 1, 35-min section; Essay: 1, 50-min section (optional) Test Format English: 1, 45-min section; Math: 1, 60-min section; Reading: 1, 35-min section; Science: 1, 35-min section; Writing: 1, 40-min essay (optional)
reading, relevant words in context, math, grammar & usage, analytical writing (optional) Content Covered grammar & usage, math, reading, science reasoning, and writing (optional)
questions are evidence and context-based in an effort to focus on real-world situations and multi-step problem-solving Test Style straightforward, questions may be long but are usually less difficult to decipher
Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing are each scored on a scale of 200-800. Composite SAT score is the sum of the two section scores and ranged from 400-1600. Scoring English, Math, Reading, and Science scores will each range between 1-36.  Composite ACT score is the average of your scores on the four sections; ranges between 1-36
no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers Penalty for Wrong Answers? no – you do not lose points for incorrect answers
yes – you can choose which set(s) of SAT scores to submit to colleges Score Choice? yes – you can choose which set(s) of ACT scores to submit to colleges
questions increase in difficulty level as you move through that question type in a section (except reading passage questions, which progress chronologically through the passage) Difficulty Levels difficulty level of the questions is random
arithmetic, problem-solving & data analysis, heart of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; formulas provided. Math Levels arithmetic, algebra I and II, functions, geometry, trigonometry; no formulas are provided
with private schools and schools on the east and west coasts; however, every four-year college in the US accepts SAT scores Tends to be more popular? with public schools and schools in the Midwest and south; however, every four-year college in the US accepts ACT scores
seven times per year: January, March or April, May, June, October, November, December Offered when? six times per year: February, April, June, September, October, December (note that some states offer the ACT as part of their state testing requirements; these tests are not administered on the national test dates)
typically about four weeks before the test date Registration deadline? typically about five to six weeks before the test date More Information




Seniors have a few more opportunities to raise their SAT or ACT scores.  Juniors should begin taking the SAT/ACT in the spring.  The last test dates for seniors are:

SAT                                                                                                                        ACT

October 1 – Register by September 1

November 5 – Register by October 7                                                       October 22 – Register by September 16

December 3 – Register by November 3                                                  December 10 – Register by November 4



If you or your student could use additional counseling support, help is just around the corner.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for help!  Mrs. Lajoie has some amazing therapists that she can refer you to!  Some issues that may arise in high school are:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Self-Esteem, Disordered Eating and Body Image
  • Succeeding with Learning Disabilities
  • Family Dynamics
  • Parental Support
  • Reconciling Catholic Faith and Morals with Modern Social Pressures