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College Prep Vocabulary
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a standardized college admissions exam that test students in English, math, reading, and science, with an optional writing section. Administered several times a year, and traditionally taken for the first time in the spring of a student's junior year.
a college or university employee responsible for making decisions about which student applications will be admitted to their school.
a degree awarded after approximately two years of full-time study. It is usually equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Associate degrees are awarded by community colleges and some four-year colleges.
an undergraduate degree that takes approximately four years of full-time study to complete. Required for some professional and for licensure in certain fields, as well as for admission to advanced degree programs, including law and medicine.
an occupation that usually requires special training
a document that shows an individual has met specific requirements that qualify them to perform a task or job.
a two-year post secondary institution that offers academic programs suited to its particular community. Offers associate degree programs and courses for transfer to a four-year college or university, as well as non-academic courses for personal growth and enrichment.
a certificate that signifies that a student has met the requirements to complete a program of study.
the most advanced post secondary degree; requires 3 to 7 years of study and research in addition to a bachelor's degree and, often a master's degree as well. Often referred to as "terminal" degrees; if a person has a doctoral degree, he or she is considered and expert in the field.
any club, team, event, or organized activity that a student participates in outside of their academic coursework.
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is an online form that determines eligibility for financial assistance. Students who do not complete the FAFSA are not eligible for any federal aid, including grants, loans, and work study.
financial assistance for students interested in pursuing post-secondary education.
a post-secondary institution where students can take coursework toward a bachelor's and/or master's degree.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
a number that represents the average of all the course grades a student receives in high school.
a financial aid award that does not have to be repaid; often is need-based.
formal permission by the government or another authorized entity to do something. A test is usually required.
a financial aid award, administered by the federal government or a private company, which must be repaid. Interest is charged during the repayment period. Some loans accrue interest while borrowers are still enrolled in school.
the focus of a student's academic studies; usually in a particular academic subject or professional field.
a degree awarded to students who continue their education 1 to 3 years beyond their bachelor's degree. Master's degree are more specialized and usually require completion of some research. Student in these programs typically focus on a specific topic in detail.
the Preliminary SAT is a standardized exam that tests a student's abilities in math, critical reading, and writing. When taken in the fall of a student's junior year, serves as the qualifying exam for he National Merit Scholar Scholarship Program. A good predictor of how students will score on the SAT Reasoning Test.
a standardized college admissions exam that tests students' abilities in math, critical reading, and writing; administered several times each year. Traditionally taken for the first time in the spring of a student's junior year.
a financial aid award that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are usually merit-based.
the official permanent record of a student's academic career; contains a listing of the courses taken during high school, course grades, and standardized test scores.
a school that teaches specific skills for a particular job or profession. They are not focused on general education.
a need-based federal program that is administered on campus. Eligible students are provided jobs on campus or at a local organization.
A "CREDIT HOUR" is the unit of measuring educational CREDIT, usually based on the number of
classroom hours per week throughout a term.
Students are awarded credit for classes on the basis of the Carnegie unit. Most college and university courses are 3 Semester Credit Hours.
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