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

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 Date:

October 16, 2019

After you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you can get a free, tailored practice program for the SAT—based on your personal test results—through Khan Academy®. You also get free access to the Roadmap to Careers online tool from Roadtrip Nation to explore majors and careers that reflect your interests.

Find out more about the PSAT

SAT/ACT Information

Students who plan to attend college need to take the SAT and/or the ACT. Most four-year colleges and some two-year college require an ACT and/or SAT score for admissions consideration. You should always research colleges you are interested in to see what they require for admissions. Although there is not a specific/required time period to take these tests, most students take the PSAT in 10th grade (to practice and prepare for the SAT), the SAT and/or ACT spring semester of their junior year, and another SAT and/or ACT fall semester of their senior year. Although we will provide information and assist with questions, GCA staff will not register you for these tests, therefore you must plan to do that on your own. Below are some links to assist you with this process and provide you further information regarding these exams.

SAT upcoming test dates and registration deadlines

ACT upcoming test dates and registration deadlines