Seniors: Next Steps

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • When do I have to decide which college I will attend?

    The National Candidate's Reply Date is May 1, just over four weeks from today! Most colleges require students to submit a deposit by midnight on that date. While many schools allow students to complete the Intent to Enroll form and pay the deposit online, a few require students to mail the form and the deposit, in which case May 1 is the postmark date. As always, we would encourage you to not wait until the very last minute.
  • Do I have to let schools know that I will not be attending?

    You are not obligated to do so, but we encourage students to let schools know that they do not plan to enroll. Most schools want to know what school you plan to attend. Colleges like to have this information for institutional research purposes.
  • How many schools should I visit?

    Students should visit as many schools as they can before making a final decision. Don't assume that your "first choice" school from the fall will be your "first choice" school now.  Things change, so keep an open mind! Some students attend visit days for admitted students, while others prefer to visit on quieter days when fewer guests are on campus. Just make sure you have completed a Planned College Absence Form for each trip you plan to take.
  • Can I deposit at more than one school?

    No. You may only deposit at one school by May 1. In fact, 部分学校将取消向两所学校缴纳学费的学生的录取资格,因为他们只能在一所学校入学. The only exception to this policy is for students who place a deposit at one school by May 1 and then are admitted from the waitlist at another school after May 1. 在这种情况下,学生应该在得知第二所学校确认收到押金后,立即撤回他们在第一所学校的“入学意向”. So they might have two deposits in at two different schools for a short period of time. Enrollment deposits are usually non refundable.
  • What about the wait list?

    A student's first priority must be where he or she is going to place a deposit for the May 1deadline. Once that is done, 学生们应该认真考虑一下自己是否想上一所在候补名单上有一席之地的学校. Remember that in order to be accepted from the waitlist, students must let the college know that they want to be placed on the waitlist. Students should only place their names on the waitlist at the colleges they would want to attend. Students should not remain on a waitlist just to see if they can be admitted.
  • When will I find out if a school is going to its wait list?

    Few schools make any decisions before May 1, 大多数人会在候选人的回复日期后至少等待一周,看看他们是否需要进入候补名单. 现在对于一所学校来说,要知道它是否会进入候补名单还为时过早,但许多学校在常规决定期间会录取学生,因此他们将有空间从候补名单中录取学生.
  • Are waitlists ranked?

    No. If a school determines that it needs to go to the wait list, the first priority will be to fulfill whatever institutional goals it has established. For example, some schools might want more geographic diversity, while others might want more students who plan to major in a particular discipline. After they determine their institutional needs, schools look to admit those students who fit the criteria they are looking for. Schools might give students only 48 hours to determine whether or not they will accept a place in the class. That is why it is a good idea to do serious research on the schools that place you on the waitlist. Students should check in with the College Counseling Office to discuss their waitlist options.
  • How can I increase my chances of being accepted from the waitlist?

    Many schools use level of interest as a factor in determining which students they will take off the waitlist, if indeed they go to the waitlist. So if you know that you would attend a given school if accepted off the waitlist, email the regional admissions representative and let him or her know that if admitted, you would enroll. But you have to mean it!
  • Will you send snapshot grades to the colleges where I am on the waitlist?

    We do not send snapshot grades to colleges, 但是,如果学生觉得这些成绩增加了新的信息,或者学校要求他们提供额外的信息,他们可以把这些更新后的成绩寄给学校.
  • Can I appeal my decision if I have been denied admission?

    只有少数几所学校允许学生对录取决定提出上诉,这些信息会在学校的网站上公布. Here, for example, is from the University of Wisconsin:

    Every application denied has already been through an extensive review. For an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information, 以及在最初的申请中没有涉及到的减轻罪责的细节. Essentially, 上诉必须提供信息,清楚地表明学生比之前的证据更强大.

    Appeal letters must be written and submitted by the applicant within 30 days of the deny decision to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Email is an acceptable format for submission. Be sure to clearly outline the reasons for appealing and present new and compelling information. Do not simply repeat information that was presented at the time of application. At the time of appealing, the letter should accompany any other appropriate documentation as needed.
  • Can I defer my admission to the following year?

    Many schools allow for deferrals but not all do. If you cannot find that information on the school’s website, just contact the admission office at that school.
  • Was this year a particularly difficult year for college admission?

    Yes. As schools begin to post their application numbers and acceptance rates, we are seeing record numbers of applications and record low acceptance rates. 去年可能会被录取的学生今年发现自己被列入候补名单或被拒绝录取. Everyone is feeling the pinch.  

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Testing Info

Important Information

  • St. Luke's CEEB Code: 070 460 (this code number is necessary for SAT and ACT registration)
  • Registration: Online at or
  • Proper identification is required on day of test (driver's license, current passport, or official school identification form)
  • The SAT is offered in January, March, May, June, October, November and December
  • The ACT is offered in February, April, June, September, October and December
  • St. Luke's is a test site for the PSAT (October), PLAN (November), SAT (June), ACT (September and April) and AP (May)


PSAT = Preliminary SAT (SAT warm-up; not sent to colleges)

= National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (junior year PSAT)

SAT = Tests critical reading, mathematics and writing

Subject Tests = Subject specific tests in math, English, science, foreign language, and history/social studies

PLAN = Preliminary ACT (ACT warm-up, not sent to colleges)

= Tests reading, usage/grammar, science reasoning, mathematics with an optional essay

AP = Advanced Placement test (subject specific test administered in May at end of AP course)

Normal Testing Sequence

9th Grade: Subject Tests in Spring for some students (students should speak with their teachers)

10th Grade: PSAT & PLAN in the Fall; Subject Tests in the Spring for some students (students should speak with their teachers)

11th Grade: PSAT in the Fall; SAT I, Subject Tests, ACT and AP tests in the Spring

12th Grade: SAT, Subject Tests, ACT in the Fall; AP tests in the Spring

Extended Time Testing

  • To qualify for extended time testing, 学生必须有正式诊断的学习障碍,并在考试前几个月向考试机构提交所有必要的书面材料;
  • “延长时间”测试者获得50%或100%的额外时间(取决于学习障碍的性质);
  • 我校为符合条件的学生提供春季两次、秋季两次全国考试日的延长时间考试;
  • For further details, contact the Educational Support Services office.

Testing FAQs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.


    Students are preparing for the ACT and SAT every day. They just don't know it. What they do in class is good preparation for both the SAT and the ACT. In fact, 在没有做任何专业准备的情况下,在那些标准化的大学入学考试中取得很好的成绩是可能的. But most students feel more confident if they prepare for the tests. Before deciding when they should prepare for the tests, students have to decide when they want to take the SAT or ACT. That decision is made on an individual basis with the student, the family and the college counselor. Once students have established a testing plan, they can then begin to think about how they learn best. 一些学生选择购买备考材料并自己完成备考材料,而另一些学生则请家教或参加备考课程. Not all methods work well for all students so students need to take into consideration their learning style, their evening and weekend activities and their goals before embarking on any kind of test preparation.

    • information (vocabulary, math operations, reading comprehension, etc.),
    • special tactics (pacing, guessing, looking at answers before questions, etc.),
    • emotions & attitude (anxiety, concentration, motivation, etc.),
    • familiarity with test-type questions (analogies, sentence completions, quantitative comp, etc.)

    • self-prep with books works well for self-initiating students who like to work at their own pace;
    • 使用软件和在线课程进行自我准备最适合那些既主动又喜欢技术互动的学生;
    • individual tutoring works well when (a) very specific weaknesses need to be addressed intensively, or (b) long-term preparation is preferred, or (c) flexibility in time and place is required, or (d) large classes are a distraction;
    • commercial class works well when one-on-one work (with tutor) seems tedious, or when student learns best in the dynamic of class discussion.
  • QUESTIONS FOR THE SAT or ACT EXPERT? ("Interview" the coach before signing up)

    • What is the length of a typical prep course?
    • What are your qualifications for preparing students for the ACT or SAT?
    • Are average score gains (as advertised by commercial companies) the average for all enrollees, or just for those who have made gains?
    • How much homework (in hours) between sessions is required for optimal results?
    • Should the instructor be expected to predict a given student's score?
    • Should parents expect on-going feedback from teachers or tutors during the prep period?
    • What is the ideal ratio between instruction time and drill work during a given prep session?
    • When do you discourage preparation?
    • If the test preparation seems to be going poorly, can the student withdraw from the class or tutorial without losing money?

Applying for Financial Aid & Scholarships

List of 4 items.

  • Step 1: Compile & Explore

    Complete Net Price Calculators
    Net price is the difference between the full cost to attend a specific college, minus any grants and scholarships for which students may be eligible. Net price calculators can be found on the websites of most colleges and universities. 在学生开始申请学院和大学之前,家庭应该比较学校的净成本. Not all schools meet 100% of a student’s demonstrated need. Students receiving financial aid at St. Luke’s School should not expect to pay the same amount for college. 独立中学使用的经济援助计算与大学在确定证明需求时使用的计算不同.

    Compile List of Required Forms and Deadlines
    除了联邦学生援助免费申请(FAFSA)——学生必须提交联邦援助计划——一些大学还要求其他表格,如CSS PROFILE或其他机构申请. To increase chances of receiving the maximum amount of aid, students should contact individual schools to learn what forms are required and the submission deadlines. There is no charge to submit the FAFSA. Sending a PROFILE report to one college or scholarship program costs $25. Additional reports are $16 each. Students who are from low-income families with limited assets will automatically receive fee waivers.

    Explore Scholarships
    Generally, students should research private scholarship opportunities one year prior to enrolling in college; churches, civic groups, employers of family members and community organizations are often good sources. If students seeking money for college have not started investigating private scholarships, the first months of senior year are an opportune time to begin. Students should not pay for help to find money for colleges. Legitimate scholarship searches are available at no charge.
  • Step 2: Gather Paperwork and Complete Financial Aid Applications

    Become Familiar with the FAFSA
    Although students cannot submit the FAFSA before October 1, families should begin familiarizing themselves with the process by viewing information about the FAFSA at

    Begin Gathering Financial Information
    To complete the FAFSA, families will need documents that provide income and asset information. Refer to the FAFSA for a list of documents, including W-2 forms and tax returns that will be necessary.

    Complete the FAFSA
    Families should be familiar with the FAFSA and prepared with the records needed to complete it. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. Also, remember to read all instructions carefully since most mistakes are made by misreading directions.

    Photocopy Submitted Documents and Submit Before Earliest Deadline
    Don't forget to keep a copies of college financial aid documents; families sometimes need these records later in the process. 请务必在各个学院的最早或“优先”截止日期之前提交FAFSA和其他所需表格. 这样可以让学生获得最大限度的资助,并最大限度地降低获得较少或根本没有资助的风险. Once submitted, all colleges listed on the FAFSA will receive a student's information electronically.

    Notify College Financial Aid Offices of Special Circumstances
    While the FAFSA takes a snapshot of a family's finances, there are circumstances the form may not reflect. 家庭应联系个别财政援助办公室,提醒他们任何特殊的经济情况, such as unusual medical expenses or unemployment, which may affect their ability to pay for college.

    Review Student Aid Report (SAR)
    Four to six weeks after completing the FAFSA, students will receive a SAR, which summarizes data on the FAFSA and indicates the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Families should make sure the SAR is correct; if not, they should make changes and return it to the address provided. Colleges will receive any changes electronically.

    Submit Verification Materials
    When students are selected for verification, they must submit federal tax returns and other requested information to confirm data provided on the FAFSA. Promptly submitting verification will prevent a delay in processing a student's financial aid applications.

    Students with financial need who apply early decision or early action in the fall of the 12th grade year should be aware that financial aid deadlines might be the same as admission application deadlines.
  • Step 3: The Decision Process

    Review Financial Aid Award Letters
    学生将收到他们在FAFSA上列出并接受他们入学的大学的经济援助通知. The information on each award letter may vary, but most colleges provide students with the type and amount of aid, funding sources, and conditions of the award. 家庭应该仔细检查每封信,以确保他们了解所有的条款和条件的奖励.

    Talk to Financial Aid Offices

    If families are unclear about any information on the award letter or concerned about the financial aid offer, they should talk to college financial aid officers to discuss the award.

    Decide Which College to Attend

    After reviewing financial aid awards, families should decide which college best meets the student's academic goals and financial needs.

    Accept or Decline Aid Offered
    When students select a college, 他们应该审查学校提供的奖学金,并决定他们将使用哪种类型的经济援助来资助他们的教育. If loans are a part of the financial aid package, families are encouraged to visit to access the student loan repayment calculate. After accepting or declining aid offered, students should promptly return a copy of the award letter to the financial aid office.

    Alert Financial Aid Office to Outside Funding

    Colleges require students to notify them if they receive any outside scholarships, grants or financial aid from private sources.

    Notify Other Colleges of Student's Decision
  • Step 4: Finalize Your Plans

    Make Final Decisions on How to Pay for College
    If there is a gap between the cost of attendance and the financial aid offered, families should research additional payment methods including: 10-month payment plans offered by many colleges; Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS); or private loans offered by financial institutions.

    Shop Around for a Student Loan Lender
    Most financial aid awards include federal Stafford loans. Families should carefully select a lender that offers interest rate reductions, flexible repayment plans and top-notch customer service.

    Complete and Submit Student Loan Applications
    Oftentimes families must complete a separate application to receive education loan funds. On the application they should choose a lender offering the most cost-effective education loan programs.

    Families have completed the year-long journey and achieved financial aid success.

    • Be aware of deadlines throughout the entire financial aid process.
    • Call financial aid offices directly if you have any questions.
    • Create a file with relevant documents to stay organized during the financial aid process.
    • Be cautious of scholarship scams that ask you to pay in order to receive information about scholarships.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving over 35 towns in Connecticut and New York. 我们卓越的学术和多元化的男女同校社区促进学生的智力和道德发展,为他们进入顶尖大学做准备. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.