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National Center for Education Statistics

Preparing to attend a postsecondary institution often involves many steps. In addition to academic preparation, high school students who plan to pursue postsecondary education must apply for admission to a college. For those who want to attend a 4-year institution, most also need to take a college entrance examination and obtain financial aid information. This set of Issue Tables, one of a series examining students' preparation for college, draws on data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:02) to examine the extent to which the senior class of 2003-04 took or planned to take these steps toward postsecondary enrollment. The following provides a summary of this set of Issue Tables. Table 1 shows the percentage of seniors who took or planned to take the College Board Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT), or college entrance examinations such as the College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT). Tables 2 and 3 explore high school seniors' preparation in more detail. Tables 4 and 5 examine high school seniors' college application activities. Table 6 restricts the sample to 2004 high school seniors who applied to college as of 2006 and examines the selectivity of the postsecondary institutions to which they applied. Estimates in all tables are shown for all specified students in the high school senior class of 2004 and by a wide range of student, family, and high school characteristics. A glossary is included. (Contains 6 tables and 2 footnotes.)

Descriptors: High Schools, College Entrance Examinations, High School Seniors, College Attendance, College Preparation, Student Financial Aid, Tables (Data), College Applicants, Statistical Data, Family Income, Student Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics, Expectation

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Autor: Chen, Xianglei; Wu, Joanna; Tasoff, Shayna


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