It's tempting to think that taking a pre-calculus or calculus class will help your SAT® or ACT® test scores, but it's not true! My High School Subject Test White Paper will help you gain critical insights into the AP®, SAT®, and CLEP® subject tests. These tips, along with those below, will help you prepare your children for success!
On the ACT®, there are only FOUR questions beyond algebra 2 or geometry included on the test. On the SAT®, there are NO trigonometry questions and just a few algebra 2 concepts included. That's not to say that taking pre-calc isn't a good idea. I think it's a GREAT idea that will help earn college admission as you demonstrate the rigor of your homeschool, and how your child can work hard even in hard subjects. But, that aside, it's just not going to help with the ACT® or SAT® math test scores.
The best way to prep for the math portion of these tests is to practice the math questions that are actually used on each of the tests. Keep practicing until they all start to look the same. Remember, even slightly more familiarity with the questions they ask could increase your child's SAT® or ACT® score enough to max out those automatic merit scholarships associated with high school test scores.
I hope these facts put you more at ease about preparing your student for these important high school tests! You can help your child determine the best test for them to take, and prepare them for these tests by getting tips in my article, How to Ace the SAT® or ACT®.
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Instead of CLEP (where you're not sure you'll pass, but you still have to pay every test), you can do ALEKS. It's $20/mo or $100/yr and it transfers over to most schools directly via ACE. The students have to work the problems until they can pass the assessment at 70%. It's tough, but they actually learn the material. Most schools accept College Algebra, Trig, Pre-Calc, Statistics, and Business Statistics. If your student works hard and is math-inclined, it's not unreasonable to pass 3 or more in a year.
There are two math CLEP Tests, college algebra and college mathematics. You can read more about those tests on the College Board website here: https://clep.collegeboard.org/science-and-mathematics
And this is my article that compares the different kinds of subject tests.
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