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College Application Timeline for Class 12 Students | 12th Graders: It’s Time For Action

College application process could be complex and be intimidating for students and parents. It may seem that there are a million of things to think about. The actual journey of profile building and college application starts as early as Class 9 (or Class 10). The Class 11-12 period is probably the busiest time. The following college application timeline will help you to get organized and stay on track with the college application process.

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College Application Timeline for Class 12 Students

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  • The Blue Tasks are comparatively more flexible. You need to be very careful with the Green Tasks!
  • Profile Building needs to be strated from Class 10/11. Class 12 is mainly for working on application!
  • The SAT (or ACT) can be taken in Class 12. But, it’s better to appear for SAT/ACT in Class 11. Besides, for top colleges, you also need to appear for SAT Subject Tests. So, plan accordingly.

SAT & ACT Test Dates in India for 2018

The next dates for SAT in India are March 10 (registration deadline – Feb 9) and May 5 (registration deadline – Mar 21). Next SAT Subject Test is on May 5, 2018. Register here.

The upcoming dates for ACT exam in India are April 14 (registration deadline is March 9), and June 9 (registration deadline May 4). You can register for ACT exam here.

If you need help with SAT/ACT prep, you could sign up for the self-paced online program on SAT/ACT Prep.

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It is possible to undertake summer programs or multiple extracurricular activities in Class 12. But,  given the tight timeline and multiple steps, it’s wise to focus on the application process itself in 12th. Too much of activities along with studies might lead to too much stress for you.

College Application Timeline for US College Admissions

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About Author Tanmoy Ray

I have got a Bioscience background with 5 years of research experience in the fields of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cancer Biology, Biomarkers, and Drug Discovery. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India). Currently, I am working with Stoodnt Inc. as a Career Adviser & Admission Counselor. I can be reached at!

Author: Tanmoy Ray

I am a Career Adviser & MS Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage online marketing at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).


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