Ready: A Self-Assessment
following is a self-assessment that can be used by you, your
adolescent, and members of the high school transition team.
By completing this assessment, you will gain a better understanding
of your adolescent's postsecondary needs. Here are some questions
your adolescent needs to ask himself/herself.
How good is my academic background compared to the students
with whom I will be competing?
Am I enrolled in regular college preparatory courses, modified
courses, or individualized courses?
If I am in a special class or resource room, am I getting
the same experiences as everyone else?
Am I doing the same assignments, participating in the same
laboratory exercises, having the same opportunities to use
a computer, and learning the same body of information as
What are my individual strengths and weaknesses?
Is it easier for me to remember information given during
a class lecture or when the material is read from the text
Which high school subjects are easier for me and which are
What are my short term and long term goals?
there academic areas in which I am trying to improve or
need some remedial course work?
How much time is provided to help me by a tutor or resource
In what subject areas?
What kind of help am I used to receiving from these sources?
What is my reading level?
Do I find that reading is a frustrating task?
Do I have difficulty decoding unfamiliar words, understanding
reading assignments, or completing reading assignments within
a reasonable amount of time?
Do I have difficulty with written language?
Do I know the process for gathering and organizing information
for lengthy compositions like term papers?
Do I have trouble with using correct punctuation and sentence
Do I have a hard time with verbal expression, i.e. retrieving
the appropriate words, understanding what others are saying,
and using words in the correct context?
Do I have an eye-hand coordination problem such as finding
certain information on a page or performing tasks which require
fine motor coordination?
9. Do I find that I often misspell words?
Do I mix up the sequence of letters when spelling words
or get confused when trying to spell irregular words that
are not spelled as they phonetically sound?
Do I have difficulty doing mathematics?
Has it been harder for me to master the basics such as multiplication
tables and fractions?
Do I forget the sequence of steps when answering various
Do I use a calculator to assist me?
What kinds of tests am I used to taking to assess what I have
Multiple choice? Essay tests? Oral exams?
Do I need extra time when taking tests?
Do I need a quiet room?
What are my study habits?
Do I pay attention in class for an extended period of time
or do I get easily distracted?
Are assignments often not completed because I need more
Do I take good notes or is important information left out?
How clear is my handwriting?
Are assignments difficult to read?
Do I need a typewriter or word processor?
What are my social goals?
In what type of activities and clubs have I participated?
are my hobbies?
What do I like to do to relax and to have fun?
from Life After High School: More Than Just a Job, [Brochure]
by Roberta Gajewski and Sylvia Panzer. 1994, Indiana: Indiana
Division of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and Crossroads