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  • The Montgomery High School Guidance Department presents…

MHS Guidance Department

  • Ms. Apel ext 6168
  • Mr. Glock ext 6164
  • Ms. Hampton ext 6165
  • Ms. Musial ext 6166
  • Mrs. Pino ext 6167
  • Mrs. Ritson ext 6172
  • Ms. Watson ext 6163
  • **Make an appointment through email, or speaking
  • with a secretary.
  • *Take challenging classes in ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE, HISTORY, & a FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • *Get to know your school counselor
  • *Visit teachers on after school help days
  • *Participate in co-curricular activities
  • *Support MHS school activities
  • *Complete the NAVIANCE ‘Learning Style Inventory’
  • *Respect all students & cultures
  • *Attend MHS every day
  • *Visit ‘Gradebook’ on PARENT CONNECT
  • *Read the tips in your ‘MHS Agenda Book’

*Take challenging classes in core subjects

  • *Take challenging classes in core subjects
  • *Do the “Career Inventory” on NAVIANCE
  • *Become involved in school, after school, & community
  • *Meet with your school counselor
  • *Take the PSAT test
  • *Attend after school teacher help days.
  • *Pattern time management & study time.
  • *Check “Parent Connect” frequently.
  • *Record all homework and read “Student Agenda Book” for study tips.
  • Student name & address
  • Parent or Guardian name
  • Date of birth
  • Student ID & NJ State Student ID
  • Graduation date
  • List courses—by year—such as English I, Algebra I, Chemistry, Spanish II
  • Grades—final grade
  • Designations—semester(s); honors(H);advanced placement(AP)
  • GPA (grade point average) each year; weighted/unweighted
  • Credits earned—end of each course
  • Supervisor of Guidance Signature, Date, School Seal
  • MHS does not calculate class rank
  • PCR= Pass, Credit Recovery
  • School Accredited by State System & Regional Accreditation Association

Do What You Are

  • Do What You Are® is a Self Discovery Personality Type assessment for students. Successful completion of the assessment will generate a report that will provide you with important information about your personal characteristics, such as whether you may be Outgoing, Intuitive, Judgmental or Analytical.
  • *Found under the ‘About Me’ tab, click on ‘Personality Type’

Do What You Are (cont.)

  • In addition, the Do What You Are® Program will help you learn about careers that are matched to you, your personal strengths and blindspots, how you negotiate in your daily life, and a host of other useful information.
      • This includes using the knowledge to your benefit by marketing yourself better on college applications and job interviews.

Personality Type

  • It is important to remember that the science of personality type is not an exact science. However, an understanding of your type can guide you in making better decisions for your future. is another resource option

  • *Know Yourself
  • *Find Colleges
  • *Find Careers

Learning Styles

  • Everyone has a learning style. Learning styles are the ways we study and learn that help make every student successful.
  • A learning style is the way a person learns
  • A learning style is part of who a person is
  • Most people learn through a combination of 3 primary learning styles

Examples of 3 of the Common Types of Learning Styles

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Kinesthetic/Tactile

Why is it important to know your learning style?

  • Helps you make the most of your strengths and improve limitations
  • Improves performance on tests when study habits are consistent with styles
  • Your learning style may be the single most important key to improving your grades
  • Helps you work more effectively in groups

Learning Styles Inventory

  • In Naviance
  • Under ‘About Me’ tab
  • Click on ‘Learning Style’

Study Skills

  • Everyone is different. Different methods work for
  • different people; the following are only suggestions on improving upon your current studying techniques
  • Space out your studying
  • Have all of your study material in front of you
  • Find a comfortable and quiet place to study with good lighting and few distractions 
  • Start out by studying the most important information
    • Learn the general concepts first, don't worry about learning the details until you have learned the main ideas
  • If you choose to study in a group, only study with others who are serious about the test
      • Listening to relaxing music such as classical or jazz on a low volume can relieve some of the boredom of studying

Study Skills

  • Be effective in class
    • If a teacher posts a PPT online, do not spend the class writing down exactly what is on the PPT, instead write down the name of the slide and take notes that make sense to you
    • You can supplement your notes with the actual PPT information later
  • Review material while it’s still fresh


  • Standardized Test Scores
  • PSAT
  • SAT and SAT II
  • ACT

PSAT (The Preliminary SAT)

  • The PSAT measures:
    • *Critical Reading Skills
    • *Math Problem-Solving Skills
    • *Writing Skills
  • Registration forms are available in the guidance office beginning in September.
  • Offered to 10th and 11th grade students every October
  • The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT, it is not required
  • Reasons for taking the PSAT:
    • *See how your performance on an admissions test might
      • compare with others
      • *Help prepare for the SAT
      • *Enter for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11 only)

Register for the Test

  • Recommended beginning in January of Junior Year
  • For SAT/ACT Register online - and
  • Websites also have useful resources such as practice tests, questions of the day, study and test-taking tips, college searches, etc…Take advantage of them!


  • SAT
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Aptitude oriented
  • 3 ¾ hours in length
  • Score Range 200 – 800 (2400 total)
  • Critical Reading, Math, Writing
  • Essay (scored out of 12)
  • ACT
  • American College Test
  • Achievement Oriented
  • 3.5 hours in length
  • Score Range 1-36
  • English, Math, Reading & Scientific Reasoning
  • Essay optional
  • Which test is right for you?

SAT II – Subject Tests

  • The Most Selective Colleges require Subject Tests for admission
  • 1 hour in length (Can take up to three tests on one test date)
  • Score Range 200 – 800 per section
  • All tests are not offered on all dates –
  • be sure to plan ahead
      • Recommend taking in May of the year the course was taken

Test Prep/Coaching Programs

  • PSAT Score Report Plus and test booklet were recently returned. Great way to identify specific strengths and areas of need.
  • Collegeboard and ACT offer free test preparation on their websites. Students can familiarize themselves with the tests and with the directions for the different sections.
  • Many different individual, small and large classes, handbooks and computer programs on the market.
    • Effectiveness of books and classes is a hotly debated topic
    • Can be costly and time-consuming
    • Results vary
    • Princeton Review and Revolution Prep offered at MHS at a discounted rate

Testing – Helpful Hints

  • Become familiar with the test!
  • How do you learn best? Invest time into that strategy!
  • People who read well – score well!
  • Take timed practice tests!

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