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Homeschool Codes for Tests

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When homeschool students take college admission tests, they usually need to provide homeschool codes. Here are homeschool codes for tests all in one place for you:

SAT Homeschool Code is 970000

ACT Homeschool Code is 969999

PSAT For the PSAT, homeschoolers are compared with other students within their state, not compared against the nation. There is no homeschool code for this test. When they are asked the question, "Are you taking this test at the school you regularly attend?" simply have your child fill in the bubble that says, "No, I am homeschooled." There is no longer a homeschool code that you will need to input. I spoke to the College Board about this, and they pointed me to the PSAT-NMSQT Coordinators Manual. See the section called "Completing Initial Answer Sheet Information".

SAT Subject Tests Homeschool Code is 970-000.

PLAN (the pre-ACT test) Homeschool Code is 999-999

AP Test Homeschool Codes are provided by the test coordinator: "Homeschooled students will use the state homeschool code provided by the Coordinator on the day of the exam." See AP Exams for Homeschool Students. You may want to call the test administrator in advance, and tell them your homeschooled student is coming in for testing so they have the code ready.

Here is the good news - the test proctors will know the homeschool code! Don't panic if you forget to write it down, because generally someone in charge can tell you what it is, or they will know how to find the information. Even so, it can put your mind at ease to have these homeschool codes handy!

It helps to use the homeschool code. Then the testing company will contact you directly with test results, instead of sending it to the high school and rely on them to give you the test results. For that reason, you may receive the scores weeks sooner when you use the homeschool code.

By the way, these numbers are called CEEB codes. A CEEB code is a standardized ID number that is assigned to a high school, college, or university and issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). They are mostly used in college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, but are also used by the NCAA sports, and sports and academic teams.
Many universities have opted to use CEEB codes on their applications. Because these numbers are such a big deal, to avoid mistakes most applications do not allow manual entry of the codes during online registration. Instead, they rely on a school code search by state, which can sometimes be confusing. That's more than you will ever need to know!

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Guest - Sheri on Sunday, 05 June 2016 10:45

(I forgot to check "notify me!")

(I forgot to check "notify me!") :(
Guest - Sheri on Sunday, 05 June 2016 10:44

Hello Lee!
We are filling out a new college app in Texas for a homeschool grad who has been in college in California. They are asking for our homeschool code. To my knowledge, I do not have a code, and have never had a code except the codes for tests. Any ideas?

Hello Lee! We are filling out a new college app in Texas for a homeschool grad who has been in college in California. They are asking for our homeschool code. To my knowledge, I do not have a code, and have never had a code except the codes for tests. Any ideas?
Guest - Lee (website) on Sunday, 01 May 2016 13:35

Stephanie,
The test administrator should know the homeschool code for you. Try to avoid using the public school code if you can - it just makes getting the results a little slower.
Blessings,
Lee

Stephanie, The test administrator should know the homeschool code for you. Try to avoid using the public school code if you can - it just makes getting the results a little slower. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Stephanie on Sunday, 01 May 2016 13:29

My 10th grade son is signed up to take the ACT Aspire test in a couple weeks. I just saw some info that there are specific codes for homeschool students for the ACT-Plan (which is no longer being used), the ACT and SAT, yet I cannot seem to find any updated info for the Aspire test. Do you know if it's the same code that was used for the ACT-Plan? Or should he just use the local public school's code?

My 10th grade son is signed up to take the ACT Aspire test in a couple weeks. I just saw some info that there are specific codes for homeschool students for the ACT-Plan (which is no longer being used), the ACT and SAT, yet I cannot seem to find any updated info for the Aspire test. Do you know if it's the same code that was used for the ACT-Plan? Or should he just use the local public school's code?
Guest - Cheryl on Saturday, 26 September 2015 01:20

What age or class level do kids take the exam? My daughter is 15 years old and in tenth grade. She is already taking courses at a community college.

What age or class level do kids take the exam? My daughter is 15 years old and in tenth grade. She is already taking courses at a community college.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 28 September 2015 14:37

Dear Cheryl,
Lee wrote about the age for the PSAT here: How Early is Too Early for the PSAT?
I hope that helps!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Dear Cheryl, Lee wrote about the age for the PSAT here: How Early is Too Early for the PSAT? I hope that helps! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Lee on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:53

Dear Linda,
I contacted the ACT Company, and Misty Henle of ACT Customer Operations confirmed that the Homeschool Code for the PLAN is indeed 999 999.
Blessings,
Lee

Dear Linda, I contacted the ACT Company, and Misty Henle of ACT Customer Operations confirmed that the Homeschool Code for the PLAN is indeed 999 999. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Linda on Sunday, 06 October 2013 20:49

The correct PLAN homeschool code is 979-999

The correct PLAN homeschool code is 979-999
Guest - Kim on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 17:27

Sharon - I believe you received the SAT code (970000). We are taking the PSAT in Ohio tomorrow and Lee has the correct code for the PSAT 993699 for OHIO.

Good Luck!
Kim

Sharon - I believe you received the SAT code (970000). We are taking the PSAT in Ohio tomorrow and Lee has the correct code for the PSAT 993699 for OHIO. Good Luck! Kim
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 17:14

Dear Sharon,

I believe the number only matters on the day of the test. As long as you have the number correct at the test, you won't have a problem.

I'm sure the person who answered was merely confused. 970000 is the homeschool code for the PSAT. 993699 is the Ohio code for the PSAT. Give them this code: 993699 and say you are a homeschool parent.
Find your code here: http://budurl.com/PSATcode

Blessings,
Lee

Dear Sharon, I believe the number only matters on the day of the test. As long as you have the number correct at the test, you won't have a problem. I'm sure the person who answered was merely confused. 970000 is the homeschool code for the PSAT. 993699 is the Ohio code for the PSAT. Give them this code: 993699 and say you are a homeschool parent. Find your code here: budurl.com/PSATcode Blessings, Lee
Guest - Sharon on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:57

I called a couple weeks ago for our area code (ohio) for the PSAT which my twins will take tomorrow. I was given 993699. I could not find the number so I called again today. I was given 970000. As I was talking with the lady, I happened to find the original paper that I wrote the number on the first time. I explained that I found the number and that it was different. She asked for the number. When I told her she said it was not one of theirs. Ideas of what to do in that situation? I copied and pasted the info above to take with me to the school where we will test tomorrow. I am hoping someone there will know what to do. This isn't the first time I have had conflicting answers from College Board. Thanks for your help.

I called a couple weeks ago for our area code (ohio) for the PSAT which my twins will take tomorrow. I was given 993699. I could not find the number so I called again today. I was given 970000. As I was talking with the lady, I happened to find the original paper that I wrote the number on the first time. I explained that I found the number and that it was different. She asked for the number. When I told her she said it was not one of theirs. Ideas of what to do in that situation? I copied and pasted the info above to take with me to the school where we will test tomorrow. I am hoping someone there will know what to do. This isn't the first time I have had conflicting answers from College Board. Thanks for your help.
Guest - Donna on Friday, 05 October 2012 09:59

Thanks so much Robin. This is a big help!

Thanks so much Robin. This is a big help!
Guest - Donna on Thursday, 04 October 2012 18:46

Lee,
At one time I thought that you had links for practice SAT's and ACT's. Was I imagining that? I can't seem to find them when I search.
Thanks for your help.

Donna Hollowell

Lee, At one time I thought that you had links for practice SAT's and ACT's. Was I imagining that? I can't seem to find them when I search. Thanks for your help. Donna Hollowell
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar (website) on Friday, 05 October 2012 01:47

Hi Donna,

You didn't imagine it! Here are a couple of articles with links to practice tests:

Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?

The Homeschool Advantage in SAT Tests

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Donna, You didn't imagine it! Here are a couple of articles with links to practice tests: Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler? The Homeschool Advantage in SAT Tests Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Sharie Wilson on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 14:18

Public schools want our kids, our money, and now our successes too?! Thank you for being a shining example of how to do this on our own!

Public schools want our kids, our money, and now our successes too?! Thank you for being a shining example of how to do this on our own!
Guest - Lee (website) on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:40

My public school claimed my children's successes as their own:
Public School Jumps in Front of Homeschooler’s Parade!
http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/public-school-jumps-in-front-of-homeschoolers-parade/60/
That was a frustrating moment in time...
Blessings,
Lee

My public school claimed my children's successes as their own: Public School Jumps in Front of Homeschooler’s Parade! http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/public-school-jumps-in-front-of-homeschoolers-parade/60/ That was a frustrating moment in time... Blessings, Lee
Guest - Sharie Wilson on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:30

FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much. And what great timing! I was just thinking of emailing the counselor today to find out how we were going to get the scores. I hated the thought of relying on her (and the public school) for that!

FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much. And what great timing! I was just thinking of emailing the counselor today to find out how we were going to get the scores. I hated the thought of relying on her (and the public school) for that!
Guest - Sharie Wilson on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:22

I guess my question is more specifically, when/how do I make sure she enters the homeschool code? Now during the registration process or on the morning of the test?

I guess my question is more specifically, when/how do I make sure she enters the homeschool code? Now during the registration process or on the morning of the test?
Guest - Lee (website) on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:20

Excellent question! Actually, it's the child that enters the homeschool code. Key concept: tell your child there is a homeschool code, and when you drop them off make sure the child AND the test administrator know what the code is and where to put it.
Blessings,
Lee

Excellent question! Actually, it's the child that enters the homeschool code. Key concept: tell your child there is a homeschool code, and when you drop them off make sure the child AND the test administrator know what the code is and where to put it. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Sharie Wilson on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:13

We signed our son up to take the PSAT on Oct 17 at the local high school. Should I make sure the counselor enters this homeschool code instead of the high school code??

We signed our son up to take the PSAT on Oct 17 at the local high school. Should I make sure the counselor enters this homeschool code instead of the high school code??
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