Attn: Juniors and Sophomores

Juniors and sophomores may want to consider taking a community college class this summer.

Enroll in a community college class. College admission officers at 4-year colleges and universities like students who challenge themselves with community college classes. Take a class in a subject of interest that may become your college major (for example, students interested in science may want to take a biology or engineering class), or take a general education class that will allow you to transfer credits to your future college or university. Check with your favorite 4-year colleges and universities to make sure earned community college credits will transfer to those 4-year schools.

Go online to your local community college’s website to see classes offered. Don’t wait too long to register – classes fill up fast.

Do well in the class. Admission officers at 4-year colleges and universities will strongly consider the grade you earn when evaluating your application for admission next fall. This is especially true if your high school does not offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses.


TACAC | Invitation: GenTX Day – Wear a College T-Shirt – Friday, May 4, 2012

Celebrate GenTX Day, Friday, May 4th

GenTX Day celebrates and congratulates the students of Generation TX—especially the graduating class of 2012. As students take their next steps towards realizing their futures, we will join communities across Texas in applauding their successes and supporting them as they prepare for college and careers.

Celebrate with us! On Friday, May 4th, we want EVERYONE to wear their favorite college t-shirt.

Let’s show our students our united support for higher education and for Generation TX. Ask your friends and family to wear a college shirt, too.

You make us proud, Generation TX. You’re what’s next for Texas!

Choosing: ACT or SAT

Test Content

Both the ACT and SAT measure what a student has learned in school and are valuable tools used by colleges in the undergraduate admissions process. While the length of each test is listed below, this time represents only the actual testing itself and does NOT include time for the check-in process that morning, instructions from test administrators, questions from students, and breaks between test sections.


  • 3.5 to 4 hours long
  • 4 Sections – English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science
  • 36 possible points on each section


  • 3.75 hours long
  • 3 sections – Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
  • 800 possible points on each section

Student Preference

Some students will want to take the test they are likely to take in high school or that their friends are taking. At this young age, both tests offer the same appropriate above-level testing experience and serve to raise the bar and provide information about the student’s academic abilities.

 Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)

The Summer Institute for the Gifted has been providing summer enrichment opportunities for talented youth for over twenty-six years.  This summer we will be hosting residential and day programs at many top colleges and universities across the country, including Princeton University, Yale University, Vassar College, Dartmouth College, Emory University, UCLA, and University of Texas at Austin, just to name a few. 

For more information, please visit the website at