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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What documentation does my homeschooler need?

What documentation does my homeschooler need?
Typically the transcript is extremely important. It’s the one page synopsis of your student so the college or university can give them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” quickly. It’s a excellent strategy to have some outside documentation besides your transcript.Commonly that’s the SAT or ACT test. Sometimes it can be online classes, dual enrollment, or letters of recommendation. It depends on the college the amount of emphasis they put on tests, because each and every...
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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
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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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I know - and I've watched your business grow from day one, I've read your Home Scholar blog all these years, I have at least one o... Read More
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Guest — Lee
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
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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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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
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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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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
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How many acronyms do you need? AA, ACT, SAT?

How many acronyms do you need? AA, ACT, SAT?
How many acronyms does your homeschool student need? Amy on Facebook wanted to know: Lee, does my son need to take the ACT/SAT if he plans to graduate with his AA from community college before going on to the university? Will his AA be enough? He will be a junior next year and we are wondering whether or not to start ACT/SAT prep stuff with him. Thank you!Some college will also want the SAT or ACT...
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The Difference Between the SAT and the SAT Subject Test

The Difference Between the SAT and the SAT Subject Test
Julie wrote on Facebook: "what is the difference between a SAT and a SAT Subject test?" The SAT measures reading, writing, and general math, and it's the college admission test.  If your state requires an annual assessment, this will probably take care of that.The SAT Subject Tests measures just one subject, like economics or American history, or biology.  Some colleges require these tests, so look at your college requirements.For more information: http://www.thehomescholar.com/high-school-testing.php That class will teach you...
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Hi Julie! Sorry - here you go! http://www.thehomescholar.com/high-school-testing.php Blessings, Lee... Read More
Monday, 02 May 2011 16:48
Guest — JD Wetmore
The testing link you provided isn't working.
Monday, 02 May 2011 16:41
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Study Guides for the SAT and ACT

Study Guides for the SAT and ACT
These are the books I recommend for studying for the SAT and ACT. Use this book if your child is doing well in school 11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT, 2011 Edition Use the book below if your child needs more help figuring out basics of what the test covers Cracking the SAT, 2011 Edition Use the book below if your child is studying for the ACT Cracking the ACT, 2011 Edition Each test...
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SAT Once, Twice, or Three Times Maybe?

SAT Once, Twice, or Three Times Maybe?
How many times should your student take the ACT or SAT?   I recommend once or twice in high school. Hey, Lee- I had a question about the SAT. My son, Evan, did very well on the PSAT this fall (he is a junior). Depending on how well he does on the SAT he could win a National Merit Scholarship. Anyway, we were wondering how often he should take the SAT. He is leaning towards taking it...
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Should Homeschoolers Take the GED?

Should Homeschoolers Take the GED?
What is your opinion about a student taking the GED Test before moving onto college.  She will still be learning from home until she is finished with her senior studies and will be preparing for college and the SAT in the mean time. I thought however, it might be helpful for her to pass the GED first since she is still behind in a few subjects. A GED is usually not necessary. Most colleges do not...
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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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Common Homeschool High School Questions

Common Homeschool High School Questions
One of the things I do the most is point people to homeschool high school resources. Often the answers are simple, you just know where to look!    One mom had this list of questions: "I will be going onto your site later tonight when everyone is done with school but I have two questions how do they take the SAT's?  Also I want to make sure she doesn't have to take the GED® to get...
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SAT Accommodation for Homeschoolers

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. https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/blogs/ok-let-s-review. Either the SAT or...
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Lee, Thanks for this information. I have a couple of kids that might need more time for tests and was wondering how I can find in... Read More
Monday, 31 January 2011 21:11
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What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?

What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?
What are your options when a college decides your homeschool child is "not college ready"? Dear Lee,I am hoping that you could give us some advice.  We have homeschooled our daughter all of her life.  She graduated this past May. She has done well with most subjects at home and at various co-op classes.  She has consistently scored low on the SAT and ACT tests throughout her life.  She took two classes for ACT/SAT prep in...
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Not college ready or not a good test taker? Here's an interesting thing to try on the retake... http://blogs.discovermagazine.co... Read More
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