St. Anselm’s Abbey School

A Catholic, Benedictine School for Boys Grades 6 - 12

College Counseling

Four years of preparation, 100% college placement

Form IV Students

Although students will become most actively involved in the college search and application process at the beginning of their Form V (junior) year, there are many things students and parents do during the Form IV (sophomore) year.



  • At the beginning of the new school year, set up a comfortable home study area that will allow you to focus on studying and doing your homework efficiently.
  • Create a monthly calendar and weekly schedule that includes both school work, extracurricular activities, and other responsibilities outside of the Abbey.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your study strategies. Seek the advice of your parents, teachers, advisor, or a school counselor if you need assistance.
  • Do your best in your classes. The grades you receive will affect your GPA. If you are having difficulty in an academic subject, don’t procrastinate. The problem will become worse as the material becomes more advanced. Talk with your class teacher and advisor. You may want the help of a tutor.
  • Now that you have explored activities which interest you, participate more. Do you have enough knowledge and skills to assume a leadership role?
  • Update your portfolio with letters, awards and certificates, essays, projects, etc.
  • Begin to learn about colleges through Web searches at sites such as
  • Explore careers at and
  • Talk with your coach if you are considering playing sports in a Division I or II college, and familiarize yourself with NCAA procedures and policies at



  • Continue to research financial aid possibilities.
  • Familiarize yourself with the PSAT, SAT and ACT testing programs at and
  • Assist your son as he thinks about possible college choices, participation in intercollegiate athletics, college majors, and careers. To get started, refer to the list of resources available on the St. Anselm's College Counseling website.
  • Plan visits to colleges during Easter break and summer vacation.

Form IV Timeline of Events:

Fall Semester

  • In October, all Form IV students will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). This test will help prepare you for the SAT. The College Counseling staff will offer a test prep session.
  • In December you will receive your test scores. The College Counseling staff will meet with you to discuss the scores.

Spring Semester

  • Consult your math and science teachers in January through March about taking the SAT subject tests for Math I or II and Physics in June. To learn more about these tests, go to It’s early to know what your college major will be and what colleges you will submit applications to, yet some colleges and specific majors require 2-3 particular subject tests. The important thing is that the content material from your classes is fresh. This is usually the best time to take the tests and get them out of the way if you will need them for admission to college.
  • Schedule a meeting with your advisor in April to discuss your program for the junior year. He or she will be able to suggest appropriate AP courses and other choices. You may need to secure a teacher’s permission for some classes.
  • Talk with your Western Civilization teacher about taking the AP European History test.
  • Search for a meaningful employment, internship, community service, or study opportunity for the summer. Work experience is important if you will apply for financial aid in college, and it helps your application file if it develops skills related to your college major. Consider taking a college course in a field that furthers your interest in a profession like law, architecture, or engineering or a field of studies like languages or anthropology.
  • Attend area college fairs to talk with representatives from many colleges and universities.