Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?

Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?
I am praying you can help answer this. How do I know, if she will do better on ACT or the SAT? I want her to go with the test that best fits her. Any ideas on this? Thank you for your help,~ Bertie in WashingtonDear Bertie,You can’t find out until she has utilized a trial test at home. Just a sample test at home, one for SAT and also one for ACT. After that, find...
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Guest — Lynda
Sample tests are also a great way to help study. They give you a better feel for what the test is like so you can feel more confi... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:26
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Above Average is Good!

Above Average is Good!
Once you get the PSAT scores, what happens next?  Have your children take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year.My daughter is going to take the SAT in Mar 2012. She's taken the PSAT and we had her scores sent to our home. But when it comes to the SAT scores I was thinking of doing the same thing and then we personally send the scores to the colleges. Is that the best...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, For the PSAT scores, a 50 per section is average. The percentile score is helpful too, but you want to be above the 5... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 09:23
Guest — Lois
Thanks, Lee. I was looking at the scores wondering what they meant. Is the percentile any indication of how she did? I think her p... Read More
Friday, 30 December 2011 15:34
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Senior Year Tests

Senior Year Tests
Why, oh WHY would you submit willingly to the torture of standardized tests?  Well...  money, for one thing!Kim asked me on Facebook, "Is there any point in a senior taking the ACT again in December? Applications and transcripts will already be turned in by the time we get the results."Kim, yes, there is a point to this madness!  I encourage you to have your child take it again IF you think they can get a better...
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More Competitive with CLEP?

More Competitive with CLEP?
What about using CLEP in high school?  Wendy asked these questions after she read my blog post about Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript: If a college doesn't accept CLEP courses as fulfillment of a college class, will they recognize it as fulfillment of the high school course? And will this make the student's college application more competitive? Will organizations like National Homeschool Honor Society and other "honor" societies make a student's college application more...
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CLEP Results

CLEP Results
Dear Lee,If your child takes and does NOT pass a CLEP exam, does the College Board® report that to colleges that the child applies to?Thanks,Sue Sue,When your child takes the test, you can choose ahead of time to send the score or not send the score. If you send scores later, after you know they pass, it costs more money. Here’s my tips: be SURE they will pass first, by making sure they get a good...
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Our experience has been that we didn't have to choose whether to send the scores until AFTER the test anyway so it wasn't a proble... Read More
Saturday, 29 October 2011 23:42
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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training Made Easy!
Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchoolThis budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes?1. Delight Directed Learning2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year4. Planning High School Courses5. Getting the BIG Scholarships6. College Scholarships for High School Credit7. Making the Grades8. High School Testing9. Finding a College10. College Admission EssaysWhat do...
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Homeschooling High School: 2012 SAT Study Guide Filled with Errors

Homeschooling High School: 2012 SAT Study Guide Filled with Errors
What NOT to Buy!The new SAT prep book has come out, and reviewers say it is "full of errors."  I love Princeton Review and recommend it often. However, now their NEW edition is finally published, and I find out it has major errors! Last year's edition will be "tried and true" so I suggest you use that edition.  They don't change much from year to year.  Get the one from 2011 or 2010 instead. Only the...
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Guest — Suzanne Broadhurst
Wow! Thank you for the tip!
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 07:30
Guest — Lee
Melanie, The books that are called "Cracking the SAT" include a HUGE section on preparing for the test, and it can be overwhelming... Read More
Thursday, 16 February 2012 08:41
Guest — Melanie
I was very disappointed in a SAT book I bought. It was HUGE and my osn started reading it. Then he asked if he was supposed to b... Read More
Thursday, 16 February 2012 08:35
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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Joelle, that is SO EXCITING! I knew your sweetie was getting TALL but she's also getting older at the same time?? How does that ... Read More
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I copied this text to my personal files and bookmarked this page so I can have a rough idea of what to do when. We now officially... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 18:14
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Homeschooling High School: Should my child take the PSAT in 9th grade?

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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Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?

Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?
An "understanding" of grammar is important.  You need it in order to write well. You need it in order to score well on the SAT and ACT tests.  However, grammar is NOT taught every year in high school.  Colleges don't require or test the ability to diagram a sentence. Taking a special grammar class every year is not necessary for the critical life skill of writing.  You may want to teach grammar separately in high school,...
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I like using the "Real SAT" books. Here is an article about the SAT and ACT that will help: http://www.thehomescholar.com/sat-tes... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:43
Guest — Vanessa S
I'm just starting high school this year with my oldest (and with 6 children, I'll be doing it for a quite a while - 16 more years!... Read More
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Guest — Rebecca
We study grammar very seriously through junior high, so by the time they reach high school, so much is simply review. I have had ... Read More
Monday, 08 August 2011 20:22
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Homeschool High School Testing: AP Exams

Homeschool High School Testing: AP Exams
Many parents write to me asking about high school testing options. Sometimes it seems confusing, but each test is simple to understand once you know what makes them unique and how they can work to your child's benefit. Tammy wrote to me recently about AP Exams: I saw an ad in the local school bulletin.They are having AP Exams. Is that something my son can take to show his "intelligence" in a subject or is it...
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Homeschooling High School: To Teach or To Learn - What is Your Goal?

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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Guest — Lee
We used Apologia biology, chemistry and physics for science. For math we used Saxon with DIVE CDs. The key is to use homeschool ... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 17:07
Guest — Homeschool Mom
Hi Lee, I really enjoy your postings. I completely agree with you that teens must teach themselves. My son is pretty good at that... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:18
Guest — Lee
Aw, thanks, Leisa!!
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 09:52
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Homeschooling High School: What SAT Score is Good Enough?

Homeschooling High School: What SAT Score is Good Enough?
What score is good enough?  Without naming names, this is a typical question about  SAT scores. Lee, what score on the SAT would you say is okay not to take it again? David got 570 in math and 540 in reading. He didn't do well at all in the essay part. I think he should take them again and he kind of agrees but wants to see the detailed results to see what exactly he had...
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Guest — Lee
Here are some articles about the essay: Quick Essay Skills Earn Thanks http://www.thehomescholar.com/quick-essay-skills.php Long... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 06:55
Guest — J W
The Princeton Review has excellent SAT prep resources. I know years ago they saved my hide when I didn't do so hot on the PSAT. ... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 06:49
Guest — Nancy Palmer
I just recently received my son's scores. I have no experience with the essay. What are the parameters for the essay?
Monday, 25 July 2011 06:38
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Test Prep on a High School Transcript

Test Prep on a High School Transcript
SAT preparation is a good idea, but you don't want to announce "WE STUDY FOR THE TEST" in big bold letters, so I don't recommend the title "SAT Preparation" for a course title.  Instead, I prefer calling it something else. Many public and private schools will include test prep in their regular English and math courses.  Others will provide separate classes for SAT prep, like you are doing.  It's completely fine to give credit for test...
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What a timely article! I'd decided to do just this with my younger daughter this coming year(having seen with her sister how I sh... Read More
Friday, 22 July 2011 17:35
Guest — Joanna
That's a much better name! Do you have any suggestions for writing the course description?
Friday, 22 July 2011 08:34
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Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?

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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Wow, Lee and Cyndi, I am going through the exact same thing~same ages and everything! The only thing different is that for the las... Read More
Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:57
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