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Ready: A Self-Assessment
The 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.
1. 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
- If I am in
a special class or resource room, am I getting the same experiences as everyone
- 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 everybody else?
2. 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 book?
- Which high
school subjects are easier for me and which are more difficult?
3. What are my
short term and long term goals?
- oAre there academic
areas in which I am trying to improve or need some remedial course work?
4. How much time
is provided to help me by a tutor or resource room teacher?
- In what subject
- What kind of
help am I used to receiving from these sources?
5. What is my reading
- 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?
6. 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 structure?
7. 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?
8. 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?
10. Do I have difficulty
- 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 mathematical questions?
- Do I use a
calculator to assist me?
11. What kinds
of tests am I used to taking to assess what I have learned?
- Multiple choice?
Essay tests? Oral exams?
- Do I need extra
time when taking tests?
- Do I need a
12. What are my
- 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 time?
- Do I take good
notes or is important information left out?
13. How clear is
- Are assignments
difficult to read?
- Do I need a
typewriter or word processor?
14. What are my
- In what type
of activities and clubs have I participated?
- What are my
- What do I like
to do to relax and to have fun?
Adapted 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 Rehabilitation Center.