Testing and Student Services

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An important part of preparing for college is having access to updated information on standardized testing as well as credible outside resources.  The information below is designed to provide just that.   You'll find tools for use in  learning more about individual schools and their admissions requirements, and exploring different majors and careers.  Also here are updated SAT and ACT fall testing dates, as well as links to register and to information on any COVID-19 restrictions and instructions.  Finally, OLMA guidance counselors are happy to help students secure working papers.  Please see instructions and links to forms below.  

Naviance Family Connection

Family Connection from Naviance is a Web-based service designed for students, parents and counselors.  It is a comprehensive website that you can use to help make decisions about courses, colleges and careers.  Family Connection provides up-to-date information that’s specific to students at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, such as local scholarships and important announcements.  Naviance provides many useful tools for families throughout the college search process.  It can serve as a direct link to college websites and even help match your daughter with schools that meet her specific wants and needs. 

To access a Naviance student account, please use the following information:

  • Login:  First letter of first name plus last name (Ex:  Sally Smith = ssmith)
  • Password:  OLMA plus graduation year (Ex:  OLMA2021)

Parents may also register for an account.
 

Web Resources

COLLEGE BOARD SAT, test prep and ways to explore majors
REGISTER SAT Register for SAT
ACTSTUDENT ACT, test prep, majors, and financial planning  
REGISTER ACT Register for ACT
AIE.ORG Resources about college admissions, financial aid, job searches and resume writing
ZINCH Information about schools, programs, preparing for college, and free webinars on how to apply for financial aid, college admissions decisions, and SAT/ACT prep
CATHOLIC COLLEGES ONLINE Catholic colleges and universities
PETERSONS Assists students in the college search and admissions process
MYMAJORS Matches your interests, college characteristic preferences and personality with majors and colleges
MAPPINGYOURFUTURE Explore careers, colleges, and learn about managing finances
CAREER SERVICE RUTGERS Free interest assessment offered by Rutgers University that will match your interests with careers and majors
   

 

Upcoming Events and Testing Dates

Applying to College During a Pandemic
(Courtesy of College Board)

Working Papers Information

All minors under the age of 18 who work in New Jersey must have an employment certificate — also called “working papers” or a special permit (for agriculture, newspaper carrier, or theatrical employment).   An employment certificate is required for each different employer.

  • Minors can obtain a blank certificate from the Guidance office or by clicking on the following link to print a copy: WORKING PAPERS.
  • After the minor completes the personal information (Part A), they must then take the certificate to the employer who will complete the employment information and promise of employment (Part B). Next, a physician must complete Part C. The certificate must be brought back to the school for Parts D, E, and F.
  • An OLMA guidance counselor will complete working papers during the school year. During the summer months, Mrs. Cusick can complete working papers in the main office Monday through Thursday, 9 AM — 1 PM.

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