SPECIAL SEARCH ENGINES WITH SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
SAT and ACT Test Preparation
ACT, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides educational services to students and their parents, to high schools and colleges, and to professional associations and government agencies. They are best known for their college admissions testing program.
The College Board
The College Board offers substantive information, test-taking tips, and sage advice about both the SAT-I and SATII,
and others tests as well.
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
ETS Net is a gateway to information about college and graduate school admissions and placement tests, with links to AP, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT, The Praxis Series, and TOEFL sites, as well as other educational resources. ETS Net provides sample test questions, test preparation, and test registration. It also contains information on ETS research initiatives, teacher certification, college planning, financial aid, and links to college and university sites.
Take an online SAT, check results Appendixes I 131 and analyses of previous SATs, learn test-taking tricks, and much, much more. A career inventory is linked http://cgi.review.com/birkman/birkman.cfm to the Princeton Review for students who are thinking in that direction.
PSAT and SAT Prep, sponsored by Stanford Testing Systems, Inc. When users follow the instructions for taking a prep test, Stanford Testing Systems software will diagnose weak areas and provide specific questions to strengthen scores.
College Planning Internet Sites
College Board Online
The College Board is a national membership association of schools and colleges whose aim is to facilitate student transition to higher education. They offer information tailored to students, parents, and teachers. Users can register for and practice for SATs. Financial aid information is available.
College Board’s new ExPAN is an information and search site where you can use a variety of criteria to find the right college.
College Choice Website
This is a comprehensive college-planning web site hosted by the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. The information is categorized in an easy-to-use format, which makes it an ideal place to start.
A source of information about highly selective colleges and universities. This organization charges each college $1,500 when a student uses the online application, so the colleges listed are those that can afford to and want to pay a service fee.
College and University Home Pages
This site is a link to more than 3,000 college and university home pages.
The Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado
An informative publication, “Preparing Your Child for College,” is available through the Internet from the electronic arm of the Government Document Distribution Center in Pueblo, Colorado.
Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)
TIP’s college planning pages include a wonderful FAQ titled “Dear Admissions Guru” that answers many common
questions and a useful college search engine.
URL: http://www.jayi.com/ or http://www.jayi.com/ACG/ques.html
A commercial site that offers SAT practice tests on announced dates. They also offer simple and advanced searching for colleges that match the user’s criteria, and, for a fee, other services such as a searchable scholarship database.
Kaplan Education Center
This site, sponsored by Kaplan Test Preparation, provides a great deal of information about starting the college process. PSAT, SAT, and ACT information and sample test questions are available, plus timely information on the college admissions process.
Lycos is an index that lists college home pages by geographic location.
Petersons is one of the most comprehensive college planning sites. They have a search engine that allows the user to type in criteria and search for colleges that match. Financial aid information is included in their extensive offerings.
Offers a search engine that lets you type criteria and then looks for schools that match. They also have a listing of “best” schools.
The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TGSLC)
TGSLC makes a great deal of information available to help prospective college students prepare for college. Its information includes career planning and college selection information. The Internet site is titled “Adventures in Education.”
US News – (school rankings by category)
Yahoo’s College Select
(information on colleges and the college-planning process)
One of the large directories of information, Yahoo has an information page on Education and additional pages with information about preparing for college and paying for college. It also provides information about College Honors Programs. .
College Guides and Aid
A commercial site that offers some free services, some services for a fee, and an online college-planning bookstore with book reviews.
This commercial site offers an extensive searchable database of sources for financial aid, including work-study, scholarships, fellowships, internships, grants, and loans. Their services are advertised as free.
The Financial Aid Information Page
This site is sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and has links to a wide selection of financial aid sources.
The Illinois Student Aid Commission (ISAC)
ISAC also provides information about preparing and paying for college.
The Student Loan Marketing Association (Sallie Mae)
Sallie Mae is a provider of financial services and operational support for higher education, Use the address below to access information offered by Sallie Mae on planning for college.
U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education
Offers a student’s guide and other useful information.
US News Online
Other Useful and Interesting College-Planning Sites
Distance Education Clearinghouse
A Comprehensive List of Distance Learning Sites
A guide to virtual tours at colleges and universities around the nation.
Chuck Eby’s Counseling Resources
The owner of this site provides a long list of links to college planning sites categorized into Preparation, College Search and Information, College Information, and Special (e.g., historically black colleges and Business Trade & Technical Vocational Schools). Users will also find sources for study skills, financial aid information, career information, and resources for counselors and parents. The information has been kept up to date and is easy to use.
This service helps students select a range of appropriate schools: some that are “long shots,” some that match the student’s credentials, and some that are likely to be “safety schools.”
Link Magazine’s Digital Campus offers plenty of articles, links, and services relevant to U.S. college students.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals
Download the common application.
RemindORama-a virtual nag! Register with this service and they will send you e-mail messages reminding you of critical college-planning dates.
WWW Search Engines and Directories
World Wide Web search engines are used to search the Internet for information. They vary from one another; be sure to
read the suggestions for searching that are available at each site.