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PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT The PSAT now comes in quite a few formats: PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT.The College Board's goal is to sell products (obviously) but also give children plenty of opportunities to take the test. In this test-heavy educational environment, over-testing is the norm, and they are trying to provide what schools are wanting. More tests. But all the PSAT tests are really practice for the SAT, with the added possibility...

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Are AP Classes Necessary for Homeschoolers?

Do you have to take AP classes if you don't want to? Debbie wrote on Facebook:"I have a 12 yr (7th grade) daughter who is currently doing 9th grade work. As I pick her school work is it necessary for her to do AP classes and how do I know which home school courses are AP? In other words, can I make any curriculum an AP course and how?"Debbie, anyone can take an AP test, even...

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Homeschool Codes for Tests

Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay.. Click the image above to receive our free monthly newsletter When homeschool students take college admission tests, they usually need to provide homeschool codes. Here are homeschool codes for tests all in one place for you: SAT Homeschool Code is 970000 ACT Homeschool Code is 969999 PSAT For the PSAT, homeschoolers are compared with other students within their state, not compared...

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Acronyms Rule in October! PSAT and FAFSA

Acronyms Rule in October! PSAT and FAFSA October is a big month for homeschoolers. It's when you need to know your stuff as the homeschool guidance counselor. But no need to freak out! It's fairly simple. There are only two acronyms you need to know: PSAT and FAFSA. PSAT The PSAT is a test that's only offered in October each year. I recommend it for 10th and 11th graders. It's a no-stress test, taken just for...

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SAT Change - What You Need to Know About Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)

The SAT® is making changes and is becoming an online test. It will continue to be administered at schools and test centers with a proctor. It is not p...

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Test Preparation Without Getting Smarter

When do you start the process of test preparation? Which strategies are most effective for college admission test practice? The world of college test ...

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Cookies Improve Test Scores [Free Download]

Cookies and test scores? What?? My explanation is backed by research! My own, time-tested research. To choose the best high school test for your child...

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Homeschool Test Preparation for College Admission Tests

When your child is working hard on studying for college admission tests, like the SAT® or ACT®, you may be accumulating enough hours to make this...

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CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?

Using CLEP exams in high school can get complicated. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does that mean that you are given the college credit for that class but are also given a C on the college transcript like on an AP test?  My daughter is studying for her first CLEP and I want this figured out before we put the time and money in to it.Thanks...

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What Is a Good SAT Score?

The SAT® Score Range  The total SAT® score range is 400-1600, and it is divided into two parts. The Math section score is 200-800, and the Readin...

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Homeschooling High School: To Teach or To Learn - What is Your Goal?

As homeschool parents, our goal is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for the kids to LEARN. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they would have not learned a thing. Instead, I gave them curriculum at their ability level, and then they had to learn something that they didn’t already know. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected...

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Homeschooling High School: Should my child take the PSAT in 9th grade?

A 9th grader *can* take the PSAT, but I almost never recommend it. The PSAT can be taken at a local public or private high school. The PSAT is a VERY cheap test, and if testing is required by state law, it can usually meet that requirement.  However, the PSAT does have Geometry and Algebra 2.  It can be very discouraging for a kid to take a test and not have any chance of getting a...

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Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?

Hi Lee,I have a question and maybe you can advise me in. I have been homeschooling my 4 children for the last 7 years. My oldest will start her senior year sometime in the next few months. My next one will be starting her junior year. For the last year, they have done nothing but beg me to send them back to public school. Suddenly they want to experience it. My head says it would be...

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Which AP Tests are Best for Self Study?

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Did you know? Any student can take an AP test, even if they don't take an AP course. AP courses are really hard, and often take 2-3 hours of study per...

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How to Prepare for an AP Test without Taking an AP Course

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Anyone can take an AP test, even if they have not taken an AP course. The tests are really hard, really long, and the student needs to be prepared.&nb...

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