Welcome to General Wellness Information at Our Lady of Mercy Academy.
On this page, you’ll find detailed, up-to-date information on a wide range of college topics.
The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.
College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. For the most up-to-date, detailed information, please go the Educational Resources site.
Subscribe to the NCAA high school newsletter to get important reminders, helpful tips and links to resources for the high school community.
There are two college admissions tests that have been widely administered in the US — the ACT and the SAT. These tests are meant to be good predictors of college potential, although not every college requires them.
Recently, many colleges are going “test-optional” because many students have been unable to take these tests due to COVID-19. Please check with the schools that you plan on applying to in order to determine if scores are required for admission or for your major.
Typically, however, most students take both tests in their Junior year, and once results are in, decide which test is “better” for them (check out this article for more information: ACT to SAT Score Conversion Chart). Some students take their “preferred” test 2 – 3 times in order to achieve their best possible score.
What is the ACT?
The ACT contains multiple-choice tests in four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. ACT’s writing test is optional and will not affect your composite score. The test is designed so by the end of the junior year, it’s likely the material seen on the test has been covered.
The ACT College and Career Planning for Students and Parents is a great resource for students and parents and include a college planning guide.
The ACT Learning Resources page contains information on free online learning tools designed to help students get the best score possible on the ACT test through video lessons, interactive practice questions, and full-length practice tests.
What is the SAT?
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests a student’s knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students consider taking the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school.
The test sections are Reading, Writing & Language, and Math (with calculator and non-calulator sections)For a more complete explanation of what each of the sections covers, please visit this page.
Your total score is a number between 400 and 1600. The total score is the sum of the two section scores: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. Each of these two section scores has a possible range of 200–800.
Once you create an account, you’ll have access to the following:
- SAT PRACTICE: Link your scores with your Khan Academy® account for a free, personalized SAT practice plan based on your test results.
- COLLEGES, MAJORS, AND CAREERS: Use free tools on the BigFuture website to discover which colleges and programs are right for you.
- SCHOLARSHIPS: Use your PSAT/NMSQT scores to access scholarships from National Merit Scholarship Corporation, BigFuture Scholarships, and others.
In order for OLMA to receive your scores, you must note this code when you register. It’s important to register early at SAT Test Dates and Deadlines | College Board or ACT registration to ensure you’re able to take the test in your home school district. Please note OLMA is not a testing center.
With SAT Score Choice | SAT Suite of Assessments – The College Board, you can put your best foot forward by choosing which scores you send to colleges. Choose by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Tests—but keep in mind that some selective colleges and scholarship programs require you to send all your scores.
AHRC – Volunteers
American Cancer Society
90 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801
Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Habitat for Humanity
Have A Heart – Children’s Cancer Society
2938 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11576
Long Island Crisis Center
2740 Marten Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710
Long Island Children’s Museum
Located in Nassau Community College
11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
Long Island Volunteer Center
Little Shelter – Animal Rescue
Helpful Volunteer Websites