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College Planning
Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
The Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN) helps students at all levels reach their educational goals. Free services are available in schools, online and at the ICAN College Planning Centers.

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
This helpful website is a resource for MS students, HS students, parents and educators about Plan, Apply, Pay, and Succeed at preparing for and attending college! Check this resource out for lots of ideas, information and FREE assistance!

Free Application for Financial Aid
This is a free application for student aid service from the Federal Government. Once you fill this form out once, you need only update necessary financial information each year and double check all is correct! Sign the form electroncially and it immediately is sent to all colleges that your student is wanting to attend!!!

Go See Campus

Go See campus is a completely free resource for planning campus visits and making the most of the college search.  The Go See Campus College Trip Planner helps students find the right schools and plan their campus visits. Details on tours, information sessions, and other admissions activities are all in one place, along with maps, directions and travel accomodations.

The "Advice" section guides parents and students through campus visits and finding the right school, while the interactive "Community" answers their college questions. At Go See Campus, students will discover college reviews, campus visits reports and more!

Paralegal/Law Programs

Federal Student Aid

Iowa Department of Education Finanical Aid Resources.

ED Pubs

The Department of Education has unveiled a new publication that helps explain its program for turning low-performing schools into examples of educational excellence.

Iowa Department of Education

College Preparation Checklist.

FASFA information and forms.

Career Planning Checklist

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Practice Tests




The LSAT is exceedingly important for your admissions chances and it is the most important admissions factor at most law schools. It is administered by the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) four times each year and you can take it at a nearby location.

If you took the SAT to get into college, then you know the routine. The test is a similar experience, but the LSAT is much harder.

The Bad News: Taking the LSAT is a marathon. The tests are a total of 175 minutes long (four 35-minute sections plus an "experimental") and the writing sample is 35 minutes long. Add to that some administrative work and a break and the whole LSAT test day "experience" will take you about 4 to 5 hours. You will have to take practice tests in blocks of several hours to simulate the test day experience.

The Good News: The LSAT doesn't tend to change much from year to year. It has been essentially the same test for ten years. This means that if you take enough practice tests and learn the right strategies, you can effectively prepare for the test.

The Praxis Series™ assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.

AYES, NATEF, and SkillsUSA have partnered to offer a single National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment (NA3SA) program. These tests, developed by ASE, are designed to evaluate students who are near the end of their studies in the areas of Automobile Service and Collision Repair & Refinishing, and M/H Truck.

NCLEX - Registered Nurse
This site will give you information regarding the National certification assessment for being a Registered Nurse.

ACT The American College Testing Assessment (ACT) is designed to test your skill levels in English, math, reading, and science reasoning. On the test, you will have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete a variety of multiple choice questions divided into four sections: one for each tested subject area. The English, reading, and science sections each include several reading passages with anywhere from 5 to 15 questions per passage. The math section includes 60 questions: each with 5 possible answer choices.

You will actually receive 12 separate scores on the ACT: 1 composite, 4 subject scores, and 7 subscores. However the composite, or scaled, score is the most important. It ranges from 1-36. Nearly half of all test takers fall in the 17-23 range.

SAT The SAT is the most widely taken college entrance examination. It is designed to test your skill level in math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The test is divided into seven sections: 3 math, 3 verbal, and 1 experimental section. The math and verbal sections each have their own distinct question types, including quantitative comparisons, sentence completions, grid-ins, and more. The experimental section, used by the test developer to try out new questions, is not scored and can be either math or verbal. You will not know which section is experimental.

The SAT is scored on scale of 200-800 for both the math and verbal sections. The College Board sets the average for all test takers at 500 for each. A perfect score on the SAT is 1600. However, in recent years, fewer than 20% of all test takers achieve a math score of 600 or better. Fewer than 10% score higher than 600 on the verbal section.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.

The COMPASS test at Southwestern Community College is comprised of a series of three short placement tests developed by American College Testing (ACT).  The tests - which cover the areas of Writing, Reading, and Mathematics - are designed to help you identify your present strengths and needs so you can build a solid plan for success while you are a student at Southwestern.  COMPASS tests are computerized and untimed.  Use of a calculator is permitted on the math portion of the test.

Parent Resources
Love and Logic

 This program is known as Parenting with Love and Logic , a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., and based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising kids.

Many parents want their kids to be well prepared for life, and they know this means kids will make mistakes and must be held accountable for those mistakes. But these parents often fail to hold the kids accountable for poor decisions because they are afraid the kids will see their parents as being mean. The result is they often excuse bad behavior, finding it easier to hold others, including themselves, accountable for their children's irresponsibility.

Jim Fay teaches us that we should "lock in our empathy, love, and understanding" prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be. The parenting course Becoming a Love and Logic Parent teaches parents how to hold their kids accountable in this special way. This Love and Logic method causes the child to see their parent as the "good guy" and the child's poor decision as the "bad guy." When done on a regular basis, kids develop an internal voice that says, "I wonder how much pain I'm going to cause for myself with my next decision?" Kids who develop this internal voice become more capable of standing up to peer pressure.

What more could a parent want? Isn't that a great gift to give your child? Parent child relationships are enhanced, family life becomes less strained, and we have time to enjoy our kids instead of either feeling used by them or being transformed from parent to policeman.

Tips for Helping Kids and Teens with Homework
Certain key practices will make life easier for everyone in the family when it comes to study time and study organization. However, some of them may require an adjustment for other members of the family.

Stop Bullying Now

Stop Bullying Now!

Welcome to the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign. You can learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you’ll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!

Positive Parenting ositive Parenting is dedicated to providing resources and information to help make parenting more rewarding, effective and fun!

The Parenting Tips and Articles section includes a variety of helpful tools contributed by authors, teachers, and parent educators. Enjoy our current selection!