College Counseling

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Visit Going Merry where you can get matched to eligible scholarships and then apply directly from the website.  Going Merry will auto-fill your applications with any information you’ve already provided, and you can even apply to multiple scholarships with one application, request documents like letters of transcript, right on the platform. They also even have mobile apps on iOS and Android.

Scholarship Listing

Visit the FAFSA website for everything you need to know about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

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Virtual College Visits

College admissions representatives from colleges and universities around GA and bordering states present to all GCA high school students. The presentations typically cover admissions criteria, campus life, degree programs, and a general overview of the school. Q&A at the end of the session. For 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students only.


Upcoming Counseling Events

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Accuplacer Test

The Accuplacer test is a placement test used to determine skills and knowledge needed to start taking college-level courses. GCA is excited about the opportunity to offer this test to our students. The Accuplacer test is available to students in grades 9th-12th

Testing Dates:


Visit the Counseling Calendar for Accuplacer Testing Details

NOTE: The Accuplacer test will be given IN-PERSON only at the GCA District Office, 1745 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30349

PSAT Information

​The PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for taking the SAT. It can qualify you for scholarship programs. Also, it can give you insight into which AP® courses you may be ready to take.

GCA PSAT Testing:

The PSAT is conducted every October. It gives students in the 10th and 11th grade an opportunity to practice for the SAT.  Additionally, 11th graders who take the PSAT are eligible to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship.

The PSAT is conducted in-person. GCA will offer at least one testing location for students who wish to test. Students who don’t live close to a GCA testing location can contact the administration at a local school well in advance of the test date in order to test there.

For more information about the PSAT, visit our Assessments page and view the College Entrance Exams section.


SAT/ACT Information

GCA does not typically administer the SAT. High school students who wish to take the SAT should register with CollegeBoard (see link below). When registering, a list of testing locations that a student can request will be displayed.

The SAT reasoning test is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems. All colleges and universities in Georgia accept scores from the SAT for admission purposes. CollegeBoard determines the national testing dates and testing sites for the SAT exam.

If you have questions about the SAT, talk to your GCA counselor or contact CollegeBoard directly.

For more information about the SAT, visit our Assessments page and view the College Entrance Exams section.