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I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience.
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My Son’s #JourneyToCollege

Look at my baby! He’s 15 and getting ready to start his sophomore year of high school. Last year he was an honor student and really doing so well. While he has some challenges coming up (more about those in a later post), college is still a priority! He really buckled down last year when he hit high school and started focusing on his own #JourneyToCollege. He is quite interested in photography and graphics and really is very gifted! He hopes to make a career out of those passions and I truly believe he can do anything! 

Tenth grade opens a whole bunch of doors that I really didn’t know about! I had no idea that the #JourneyToCollege really kicks into high gear in the tenth grade. The free 2014 KapMap College Planner really opened my eyes to what we need to accomplish this year in order to ensure that he’s on the right track for his #JourneyToCollege! Kaplan is really helping us to keep tabs on the things that must be done as well as to not feel so overwhelmed – plus they are helping my son feel prepared! 

KapMap is Your Essential College Planning Resource

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KapMap is a month-by-month breakdown of everything you need to know about getting into college, all in one place:

  • When to apply
  • Why test prep matters
  • How to apply for financial aid
  • What to consider when choosing a college

Sophomore Year #JourneyToCollege Steps

Thanks to KapMap I learned that my son has to register for PSAT’s next month and take them in October. Eek! He needs to get ready! He visited two college campuses last year but this year he needs to start visiting a few more. Than, in February he’ll have to start preparing for the SAT/ACT tests and take those in May. 

Oh, and in case you thought you already had everything planned out for the SAT’s … The SAT will change in 2016. Get familiar with the changes at SAT Change Resource Center .

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Talk to me: Have you reached the college prep stage yet? What are your tips and challenges? 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

51 thoughts on “My Son’s #JourneyToCollege Starts Now! See How the Kaplan Test Prep Program is Helping!”
  1. I had no idea that Kaplan had a program like this! My brother graduates this upcoming school year, so I’ll pass this along to him to check out.

  2. I have three step kids in their teens and they are all working towards getting into college as well. I have a 7 year old who is just starting first grade in sept. I’m excited for all of them this year.

  3. This is so great. I’ve never heard of it before and although my oldest is only 9, it’s never too early to start planning and preparing for higher education. Thanks for sharing your son’s journey.

  4. It’s so important to have kids with their sights on college from early on. There is a lot of preparation that needs to take place academically for them to get there and they need to be prepared.

  5. I wish I had known about this a couple years ago. My son will be going to college next year and it is so confusing what we need to do when. The schools do not seem to help with guidance like they used to, wonder if Kaplan ever thought to get their services to the schools to be passed out to parents/students.

    1. I agree! It seems like colleges nowadays just kind of push you into the system and don’t really help you out anymore. It can be hard work and I think this program would work well!

  6. I’m 32 and I just graduated from University. I guess as I am older, the preparation for college was a bit easier for me…I didn’t get caught up in campus life or anything like that…I attended classes and went home afterward. At times, I do wish I went when I was younger so that I could have really experienced the ‘college life’, but the important thing is that I eventually went and got the degree! Your son sounds like he is on the right track…and you sound like you are ready and willing to give him all the support that he needs.

  7. Our oldests are a junior and a sophmore this year too so I can totally understand where you are coming from. Great review on this program I will have to check it out soon here in Austin!

  8. Added to my mental list of things to remember when my kids get older. Good to know about all the great resources out there to help prepare for their education!

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