When to Start Test Preparation and How

When to Start Test Preparation and How
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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Two Tips for Teens That Miss the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th Grade

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The purpose of taking the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th is only to get a bit of practice about how to take a bubble test in a public school setting. Even in 11th...
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Acronyms Rule in October! PSAT and FAFSA

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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Hi Lee! My daughter is in the 8th grade and is taking the PSAT 8/9 this morning. Do you know anything about this test? Since it is... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 05:43
Guest — Lee
Hi, Laura. Not much about the PSAT has changed; it is still very similar to the old one. You can read more about the PSAT changes... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:24
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Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit (Plus Free Book)

Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit (Plus Free Book)
Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit Like the SAT, the PSAT is a college admission test overseen by the College Board®. It meets most state homeschool testing requirements and covers reading, writing, and math, but doesn't include an essay. The PSAT is a fairly inexpensive test compared to most annual assessments. In addition to being practice for the SAT, the PSAT can help you find a college, indicate career options your student might not have...
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PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT

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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Chrystale, I'm hearing quite a few reports of that happening this year, and it RARELY happened before. One parent was told that it... Read More
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 16:08
Guest — Chrystale Files
This article is very timely for me, thank you! I have been in the process of actively trying to register my 10th grader to take t... Read More
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:17
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PSAT Scores: 14 And Gifted

PSAT Scores: 14 And Gifted
What do you do when your child's PSAT score surprises you? Life with a gifted child is never boring! Sometimes you just don't know what to do next. PSAT Scores: 14 and Gifted Hi Lee,I just got a jolt when I read on your website that a rough conversion from PSAT to SAT is to add a zero to the end. So what do I do with a 14 year old who has a PSAT selection index...
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Cindi, often the percentile score for one standardized test (like the Stanford) will be roughly the same as the percentile score o... Read More
Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:18
Guest — Cindi
My daughter won't be taking the PSAT for another year. I'm curious how well she'll do. She's a great student and has always done e... Read More
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Guest — Jan
Sometimes, it can be difficult to find resources to challenge a homeschooled student with an aptitude for math and science. I wou... Read More
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:24
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Living Overseas? How to Plan a College Visit

Living Overseas? How to Plan a College Visit
I have so many military and missionary members and subscribers, sometimes I feel like I travel the globe as I talk to people.  It's so fun! I often get questions about how my military and missionary friends can plan for college visits.When homeschoolers live overseas, make the best use of your breaks in the US.  Visit colleges, as many as you can, during your visits back to the US. For overseas families, try to find colleges that...
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National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers

National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers
Money for College! Have you seen billboards and newspaper articles announcing that a student is a National Merit Scholar?  Did you know that those students entered the competition by taking the PSAT? The National Merit Scholarship is the best known high school scholarship in the nation, and the only way to win is to start with the PSAT test.  Therefore, the single most important thing you can do to win that scholarship is to make sure...
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My dd is a semi-finalist this year. If she gets finalist (90% do), her college of choice will give her a scholarship that includes... Read More
Sunday, 18 November 2012 05:25
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The PSAT is this week!

The PSAT is this week!
The time for studying for the PSAT has ended.  Now is the time to relax. At this point, you have done your best to prepare.  Even if you haven't, you can't really cram for a standardized test, and you don't want to stress out your children anyway.Stop worrying.  Relax.  Deep breath in...  deep breath out.....Remember what PSAT stands for.  PRE or PRACTICE test for the SAT.  That's all!  It's just practice.  It's not the Superbowl.  It's...
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You're welcome Ann! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 15 October 2012 18:44
Guest — Ann
Thanks, Lee! Very timely reminders!
Monday, 15 October 2012 18:14
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What do PSAT Scores Mean?

What do PSAT Scores Mean?
 What do PSAT Scores Mean?When your child takes the PSAT in October, you will get the results in December. If you just received your PSAT scores, you may want to know what those scores really mean. You can get more information here: College Board® Score Reporthttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/scores/report.htmlFor more information, these reports will help.Understanding 2011 PSAT/NMSQT Scores (pdf/870.7K)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/understanding-psat-nmsqt-scores.pdfSample PSAT/NMSQT Student Score Report (pdf/1.46M)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sample-psat-nmsqt-student-score-report.pdfWhen your child takes the PSAT next year, be sure to register your child as a...
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I signed up my son to take the PSAT/ NMSQT at our local high school. They only wrote his name on a sheet of paper. Will he fill ou... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Krissy, You will give more info on the day of the test. In her article Two Weeks to the PSAT Lee says, "When the student fill... Read More
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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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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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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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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 Honor Societies - Legitimate Offer or Junk Mail?

Homeschool Honor Societies - Legitimate Offer or Junk Mail?
What is the difference between a legitimate offer and junk mail?  It can be very difficult to decide!   If you have a high school student who has taken the PSAT or SAT or ACT, you may get some offers to join an honor society. Some are legitimate and some are not.  Try to determine if the honor society is tied to some sort of actual "honor" like GPA or SAT scores.  Then look to see if...
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Homeschoolers: Why Did You Take the PSAT?

Homeschoolers: Why Did You Take the PSAT?
Why did you take the PSAT?  Did you remember to register in time?  I was very encouraged the other day when Kitty said she and her friends remembered to take the test because of me!  After a hard day, that sort of positive encouragement can make my whole week!  Here is what she wrote: Lee,Today my son took his PSAT test. Four or five moms were waiting for their children after the test and they told...
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