College Counseling Process

SAT, ACT & SAT Subject Matter Tests

The test most frequently required by colleges in the Eastern region of the United States is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Students take this test in the spring of their junior year. 

Another nationally administered test, often required by schools in the West or mid-West, is the American College Test (ACT). Students are urged to consider taking both the ACT and SAT, as most colleges will accept the better score. 

Many colleges and universities also require SAT Subject Matter Tests. Juniors are strongly urged to take at least two achievement tests in June. Sophomores enrolled in Algebra II, AP World History or completing their study of a language should also consider taking the Subject Matter Tests. The SAT Subject Matter Tests taken most frequently by Norfolk Collegiate Students are United States History and Math I. 


College Applications

Unless a college or university explicitly requests that the application packet be mailed by the secondary school, the student will mail the application or submit it online. Upon the student's request made through the Naviance system, Norfolk Collegiate will then submit the transcript and the college counselor's recommendation. 

The college transcript is the student's academic record beginning with the freshman year and includes all courses and grades.


Transcript Requests

  • All requests should be made as far in advance as possible, preferably with at least two weeks' notice, and logged into Naviance.
  • Specific deadlines have been established for busy times in the admission cycle (for example, Nov. 1 and Jan. 1). 

Personal Recommendations

  • Students wishing a personal recommendation from teachers or administrators should make their requests in writing at least two weeks in advance.
  • Students are urged to complete and give to each recommender a Recommendation Request/Information Sheet, available in the college counseling office, as well as a copy of a resume.
  • They should also provide stamped, addressed envelopes, if required. 


Statement of Principles of Good Practice

Norfolk Collegiate is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and supports the NACAC's "Statement of Principles of Good Practice." Therefore, Norfolk Collegiate responds to questions asked about a student's record and personal qualities and also, when requested, will notify colleges of any significant changes in the student's academic status or qualifications, including personal conduct records, between the time of application and graduation.

Such responses may include, but are not limited to, significant drops in grades, honor violations, probation, suspension and dismissal. The Common Application, as well as numerous institutional applications, asks both the applicant and the secondary school questions about the student's conduct record. Students should answer such questions fully and honestly; they are urged to discuss their response and any concerns with the college counselor.