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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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SAT Change Coming - 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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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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SAT Accommodation for Homeschoolers

When you struggle with learning disabilities, it may be helpful to get an official diagnosis of learning challenges, and then pursue accommodation on the SAT college admission test.  Accommodation for the SAT can happen, it requires a recent label from a doctor, and that there are specific rules that must be followed. If the essay is a stumbling block, you can also opt for the ACT test without the optional essay. Either the SAT or ACT...

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Is a Perfect PSAT Score Required for Merit Scholarships?

Perfect is swell, but is a perfect PSAT score required for merit scholarships? (Of course, you could always use studying as a way to do better on all of the high school tests! Test Preparation without Getting Smarter) "I finished watching your DVD Getting The Big Scholarships.... it was awesome!  Thank you for taking the time to help others.  In receiving a merit scholarship wouldn't you have to have a perfect PSAT score?  I 've had...

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Geometry before or after Algebra 2?

Karen on Facebook needed some guidance about math."I would like opinions on the pros and cons of these sequences: (Algebra 1 -Geometry- Algebra 2) versus. (Algebra 1-Algebra 2- Geometry). Your thoughts?" ~ Karen It's best to complete geometry, or at least start it, before the PSAT (when possible). For that reason, I prefer geometry first. Geometry is also a nice review of Algebra 1, so you spend a year getting those Alg 1 concepts all stuck...

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Math Books Will Not Increase Your Test Scores

It's tempting to think that taking a pre-calculus or calculus class will help your SAT® or ACT® test scores, but it's not true! My High Scho...

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