MMSD has a plethora of resources that are invaluable! Check these MMSD webpages about college prep, ways to pay for college, college application, and so much more!

Preparing in High School

Paying for College

College Application

COVID-19 College Planning Resources

Number2.com – This site allows you to view tutorials, answer practice questions, create flashcards, and more in preparation for the ACT or GRE. The course is customized and adapts based on your skill level. It keeps track of what you’ve studied and how well you’re doing. There is even immediate feedback for every incorrect answer on a practice test. You can learn from your mistakes and push forward towards a better score.
Number2.com has features from a vocabulary builder to a study plan email system. Every aspect of the site is designed to help students prepare to the best of their abilities.

ACT.org – ACT takers can learn about test tips, read descriptions of the subjects tested, view sample questions, and browse through a downloadable booklet that contains a practice test, scoring key, test info, and more.

SAT.org – For students taking the SAT, the official site offers study guides, study plans, practice tests, information on what you’ll be tested on, and a breakdown of the SAT. Additionally, the SAT site provides a bunch of tips, tricks, strategies, and suggestions on how to study for, and take the entrance exam.

Kaplan Test Prep – Kaplan offers students a free online SAT or ACT practice test with a score review. By registering for one of the online test dates, students can gain a valuable look into what their chosen test will feel like. Kaplan also has several informational sessions where students and parents alike can ask all of their questions about the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and even college applications.

Prepfactory.com – This site offers a revolutionary and unique take on test prep. By implementing experience points (XP) and a level-up system, PrepFactory engages with students and makes the studying process not only rewarding but fun. Students can earn XP by watching videos, taking practice tests, and answering questions correctly. PrepFactory focuses on two things: quality and convenience. They select the best instructors and are dedicated to ensuring the student has an easy and worthwhile experience using their site.

Personal Statement Resources

Supplemental Essay Resources – Supplemental essays are additional pieces of writing required by many highly-selective universities (like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UW-Madison, and many other colleges), and they can be just as revealing and important as your personal statement.

TOPS College Success’s High school presentations

TOPS Coordinators and Senior Support Staff: to request the following presentations for your classroom and site, please fill out this form. Please indicate which presentation you are requesting in the notes section.

A workshop designed to serve as an introduction to the TOPS College Success Team and model. In this presentation students will be introduced to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and the importance of filing early and correctly. During this workshop, your students will learn about how the TOPS College Success team can help to support their college-going aspirations from receiving their award letter to graduation.

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How to Fill out the FAFSA (YouTube Video)

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next (YouTube Video)

4506-T IRS Form

Senior Year, What Needs to be Done? 

A workshop designed to serve as an introduction to the essay writing process. Most scholarships may require an essay, which sometimes discourages students from completing the application. This presentation walks-through and lays-out how to effectively identify scholarships and how to compose a compelling essay.

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TOPS College Success Coaches will discuss the differences between “reach”, “match”, and “safety” schools. Students will create their own academic profiles, and look at example profiles of students like them. This presentation is designed to help students learn how to select colleges that will fit their unique characteristics and profiles. Students will also explore the FAFSA Forecaster to think about funding their college education.

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TOPS College Success Coaches will discuss the differences between “reach”, “match”, and “safety” schools. Students will create their own academic profiles, and look at example profiles of students like them. This presentation is designed to help students learn how to select colleges that will fit their unique characteristics and profiles. Students will also explore the FAFSA Forecaster to think about funding their college education.

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Checklist for incoming college freshmen. Covers what must be done to prepare for college throughout the spring and summer before starting classes. Students will be provided with a to-do list, along with details on how best to get these tasks done, and a simple budget tracker. This presentation has also been used at spring parent night workshops.

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TOPS College Success Coaches will teach students to decode financial aid jargon and apply it to their own personal situations. Students will look at sample award letters (and can bring theirs along as well). We will discuss the realities of college funding, and learn about options for accessing other aid to cover the gap in tuition. Students will also learn about how they can lose financial aid, and other considerations to keep in mind.

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