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Junior Year

Although college applications are a few months away, students should be actively looking to improve upon their academic and personal resume, researching and applying to unique summer programs (Governor's Scholars, major-specific programs, etc.), and beginning to develop their prospective college and field of study choices. Ultimate Test Prep can help students prepare in all aspects of their junior year college planning.  Below, you will find our recommended schedule for how to approach your junior year. 

Governor Scholar's Programs


  • Create a professional resume to highlight key attributes.
  • Develop powerful essays that exemplify the student's skills.
  • Evaluate extracurricular activities to include on applications.
  • Create detailed schedules to ensure all application deadlines are met. 
  • Provide guidance and feedback on the wording of each application.

College List


  • Locate schools that fit the student and family's academic and financial needs.
  • Compare potential schools using our proprietary database. 
  • Create an individualized college list with deadlines, hyperlinks, and the latest data.
  • Advise on college trips and visits.

Register here for junior year college planning assistance

We are able to help with as many or as few aspects of your senior year needs as you wish. Let us know which parts of your college planning journey we can help with.

Junior Year Schedule

August) Explore GSP, GSA, and GSE programs. Determine opportunities as an upper-class student. Investigate Kentucky colleges. Learn about possible majors. Understand college finances, tuition, and scholarships.


September) Take a practice PSAT or ACT. Analyze test results for areas of improvement. Focus on English grammar. Review crucial math formulas. Take either the September or October ACT.


November) Create a professional résumé. Improve your GSP, GSA, or GSE application. Devise essay ideas, and refine your essay Understand the power of recommendation letters. Focus on meeting deadlines. Plan a college visit.


January) Complete applications to other summer programs. Plan classes for your senior year. Explore out-of-state colleges. Narrow down your major. Schedule a college trip. Evaluate volunteer and leadership opportunities. Create a separator.


March) 150 days left until college applications! Understand universities’ acceptance criteria. Narrow your college choices: size, location, academic level, and campus opportunities. Create a college list with 10 possible institutions. Communicate with admission officers. Compare majors at each school. Gain knowledge of finances and scholarships.


May) Get ready for the June ACT. Analyze a Practice ACT for areas of improvement. Take an ACT class during the spring. Strengthen science and essay-writing skills. Review English grammar. Memorize essential math Formulas. Boost reading skills.