Did you know ... study time spent on tests such as the SAT or ACT can be included on the transcript!

SAT prep

SAT Prep - Credit for Work Done?

It can take a lot of work for kids to prepare for high school tests such as the SAT or ACT. There are ways to give them credit for all the work they've done using test prep books, classes, or other supplementary materials.

• Consider it a supplement for math and science classes, and don't list it separately on the transcript.

• Consider it hard work and a valuable experience that helps kids learn, and put it on the transcript separately.

If you put it on the transcript, I don't recommend calling it "test preparation." Instead, I prefer to give the class a more general title. I prefer calling it "Study Skills." I usually put it in the "elective" section of the transcript. For a credit value, estimate how many hours are spent. If your child racks up more than 75 hours, then give 1/2 credit.

If you prefer, you can leave it off the transcript. Some parents consider studying for these tests simply a part of the college application process. That's okay too!

Please note: This post was originally published in October 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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