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College & Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness indicates what a graduate must know in order to be successful in higher education and beyond. 

College readiness is assessed by six key indicators:

1. Completion of advanced and or dual high school-college credit course(s);

2. Completion of a high school academic program that exceeds minimum state requirements and meets the Recommended High School Program (RHSP), 
     or more rigorous Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP);

3. Completion and successful passage of at least one Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) course;

4. Meeting or exceeding benchmark scores on the high school exit exam in both mathematics and English language arts;

5. Meeting or exceeding required scores on the Texas college admissions test (Texas Success Initiative, Higher Education Readiness Component) 
     in both mathematics and English language arts; and,

6. Meeting or exceeding state benchmarks on either the ACT or SAT college admissions exams.

Resource Links

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Typing Test  
Reality Check 
OSCAR Occupation and Skill Researcher  
Career One Stop  
Labor Market Information  


ACT Testing Info and Registration:

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The ACT is given at Wills Point High School


 SAT Testing Info and Registration:



Scholarship Information:

For a list of SEVERAL local scholarship options - Click HERE for the WPHS Counselor's Corner webpage.

The following website is a great resource for scholarships, there are tons available!!


The Minnie Piper Stevens Compendium
The Compendium of Texas Colleges and Financial Aid Calendar is published yearly. The Compendium contains a list of colleges and universities in the State of Texas, admission requirements, total expenses for an academic year, financial aid data and related information, helpful hints to the college-bound, together with a Calendar of various scholarship deadlines arranged by month.  Your counselor has a few of these books available to you by request.  You may also find the Compendium online at

Here is a clickable link to every college in Texas, and at each link, you will find the information for it from the Compendium.
College Planning

The Texas Common Application
College Planning and Financial Aid for Generation TX! 
Every Chance, Every Texan: 
SAT/ACT information and registration 
Check out this new resource for college planning! 

Affordable Schools Online

 It is never too early (or too late) to start college planning. Big Future is a great site that covers all aspects of college planning, from choosing a major to financial aid - Check it out!

Texas Common Application:
This application can be used for ANY four or two-year college in Texas, check with the colleges you are interested in for application deadlines! 
After SENIOR parents receive their W-2s in January, students and/or parents need to fill out a FAFSA, this begins the process of finding grants, loans, and scholarships for students. The sooner you complete a FAFSA the better the chance of getting more money- so act fast! 

Click here for steps to completing FAFSA. While you can't start FAFSA until January, you can apply for a PIN NOW!!!

College Links:
College Major Quiz: 
The link below asks a series of questions to help students determine which college majors might be of interest to them. 

Online Schools in Texas

College Confidential:
This link takes students to a discussion board type community where they can get answers to practically any question they might have about college. 
Best College Scholarships


University HQ