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Welcome to the Comfort High School Counseling page!  My name is DeAnna Brummett and I am the high school counselor for CHS.  Please subscribe to my district webpage to receive the most recent and updated information regarding scholarships, testing, & other opportunities. Click here to go to my district webpage. http://chs.comfortisd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=503155&type=u&pREC_ID=773550
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Do you have questions about student loans and how they work.  Click on one of the links below to get many of your questions answered:
 
New College Prep course offered at CHS this year for Juniors and Seniors.  The class will work on college applications and essays in the fall and will work on scholarships in the spring.  See Mrs. Brummett if  interested.
 
PSAT
 
CHS will administer the PSAT to 10th and 11th graders on October 11, 2017 and the 8th and 9th grade students on October 12, 2017.  Please sign up for the test with the counselor.
 
 
 
PSAT PREP
 
Join Kaplan this Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, for free, live PSAT prep lessons! PSAT Prepathon runs 1–5 PM ET. Reserve your spot at kaptest.com/psatpreplive.
FAFSA NIGHT AT COMFORT HIGH SCHOOL
Comfort High School will hold a FAFSA workshop on Wednesday October 4 beginning at 2:00 pm and running through 6:30 pm.  It is a come and go workshop with approximately 30-45 minutes needed to complete all of the application.  No need to sign up just come as you can.  Please bring social security numbers and birthdates for parents and student applying for financial aid.  Contact me if you have questions.  830-995-6430 ext 212

The ACT vs. SAT: Which Exam Should You Take?By Kristina Carroll, CollegeWeekLive

Standardized testing is an important part of college admissions, and it is often dreaded by many high school students. From choosing which test to take, to trying to get to your target score, mastering the SAT and ACT exams is no easy task. Should you take the ACT, SAT, or both? Before answering that, it’s important to know the main differences between each exam.

 



Scoring: 
The SAT and ACT are scored on completely different scales, so comparing scores across both exams is nearly impossible. An SAT score can range anywhere from 400 to 1600, while the highest score you can get on the ACT is a 36.

Contents:  
Both tests have similarities in terms of what they’re testing. For example, there are Reading, Math, and optional writing essays on both exams. One major difference between the two is that the ACT contains a science portion, while the SAT does not.

Testing Differences:  There are some general differences between the exams that might help you decide right away which one is right for you. One big difference is that the SAT does not allow calculators on all math problems, while the ACT exam does. For those that need the comfort of having a calculator to help them focus and remain confident throughout the exam, the ACT might be a better option. However, another important difference to be aware of is that the ACT is much more fast paced, and time management is crucial. The SAT allows a little more time per section, so this might be a better option for those who tend to use all of the allotted time on standardized tests.

Which Test Should You Take?
Many students think the best way to figure out which exam they’ll do the best on is by taking each exam once, and then making their decision once they receive their scores. However, this is not the best option for several reasons. First, it takes up a lot of time that could be used to prepare for exams—given that there are a limited amount of testing dates each year. The second biggest issue concerning this theory is that the material covered is so different between both exams, that trying to learn everything will most likely confuse you and cause you to score lower on both tests. Many test experts recommend taking full-length practice tests at home in order to get a feel for the exams, without wasting the time of registering for a real exam, paying two exam fees, and then waiting for score reports to come out. By taking practice exams, you’ll be able to determine what parts of each exam you excelled in and what parts you struggled in instantly, and from there you can focus on maximizing your score on one exam.

 

New study shows majors that are most valuable for your students (and the ones that are least valuable)

If your students want to pick a major that pays big, they should consider the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. According to a blog written on Yahoo Finance that summarized a new study by The Cashlorette, people who majored in STEM subjects earned the most and had the best employment opportunities. All of the top ten most valuable degrees were granted to STEM majors, and and four out of the top five most valuable majors were in the engineering field.

The study found that petroleum engineering is the most valuable college major, with graduates earning a median income of $134,840, more than double the average of $62,217. The field also has an unemployment rate of just 2.38%, making the prospect of finding a job more likely than other majors.

Pharmaceutical sciences and administration ranked second on the list. Pharmacists have a median income of $116,642.

Geological/geophysical engineering, the study of extracting the Earth’s natural resources, came in third. People employed in this field have a median salary of $94,060 per year. Mining engineering and Naval architecture rounded out the top five most valuable majors.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is clinical psychology, which came in as the least valuable college major. In addition, clinical psychologists have a high unemployment rate of around 8% and make a median salary of $43,092, about 31% less than the average.

Popular majors such as business, history, liberal arts, and English were lower down on the list. Careers in the arts and humanities landed in the bottom five. The least lucrative majors: Studio and fine art, human services and community building, and composition and rhetoric, or the study of speaking and writing—all in the bottom five.

Before your students choose their major, they should do their research and consider their future earning potential and employment opportunities.

Is a gap year right for you?
Join our free, live online discussion, “The Truth About Gap Years,” on October 19, at 8 PM ET (5 PM PT), featuring Danielle Purtell, a current medical student who took a gap year, and Charlie Taibi, CEO of Gap Year Global. Sign up at http://bit.ly/kaplanparents.