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Keeping Work Samples for College Admission



 

In our family’s homeschool experience, it seemed that colleges asked for some pretty strange things when our sons applied for admission.  One college asked for their transcripts in a sealed envelope, signed on the outside by the principal (my husband).  Another asked for transcripts from a ‘recognized homeschool agency’ (what is that?!).   A lot of colleges, though, want samples of a student’s homeschool work, and this at least is a reasonable and quite common request.  In order to prepare for this possibility, I set a goal to have at least one sample of work for every subject that I taught. Everything that my sons produced paper-wise, such as tests, quizzes, and work samples, I kept a copy of.

Of course, the problem is that you don’t really know in advance what colleges are going to ask you for. We did have a college that wanted a graded English paper, and another college that wanted math in my student’s handwriting, so it’s hard to know what they’re going to ask for. I think the easiest way is to be prepared by having a sample from everything.  That doesn’t mean that you have to have a sample from all four years of high school. If you haven’t kept anything so far, and your child is going to be a senior next year, just start keeping things from now on and you should be covered.



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