Study Skills for Seriously Low SAT or ACT Scores

Study Skills for Seriously Low SAT or ACT Scores
First of all, look at some colleges near you with low scores. Do a quick google search for your state and your test (SAT or ACT), like this: "colleges that accept students with low SAT scores in Ohio." Here are the results for Ohio colleges that have...
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Eat Cookies to Get a Better SAT Score

Eat Cookies to Get a Better SAT Score
Get My Cookie Recipe Collection Eating cookies can help your child get a better SAT or ACT score. Stop laughing! I'm totally serious! Careful research in my own home suggests that 100% of students will laugh when assigned sweet confections for school...
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Homeschool Codes for Tests

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.

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.

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New CLT is an SAT and ACT Alternative

New CLT is an SAT and ACT Alternative

New CLT is an SAT and ACT Alternative


I am so excited about the new CLT testing option. I have asked their Regional Director to fill us in on the details in the blog post, below.



We at the Classic Learning Test (CLT) believe that the ancient philosophers got it right: how someone learns to think, what they read, and how they live, are all intricately connected.

As fellow homeschooling parents, we’ve accepted an enormous responsibility to educate our children through high school. Thanks to people like Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, an important part of our load is lightened and we are free to enjoy the experience, expounding upon the virtues and instilling a joy of learning and understanding into the minds of those to whom we gave life.

When it comes time for college admission testing, however, our children have been sold short with “values-neutral” exams for decades. As we read in the now infamous Harvard Turning the Tide Report, “…college admissions offices have joined forces to collectively encourage high school students to focus on meaningful ethical and intellectual engagement.”

The CLT is turning the tide. College and career readiness requires more than just accumulating high school credits or regurgitating a handful of disconnected facts on a standardized test. To be college and career ready means to demonstrate a certain kind of interpersonal and intrapersonal maturity, a kind of maturity not assessed on the ACT, SAT, or PSAT. The best college students and employees are those who can read well, reason well, communicate well, and even see the moral implications of decisions, ideas, and discoveries. These are the furthest values from today’s standardized tests.

Students take this two-and-a-half hour online test on their own laptops. They’ll see their scores immediately upon submitting online. Students in grades 9 through 12 may take the CLT as often as they desire, paying only $49.00 each time. Only their best score need be forwarded to their college(s) of choice. No test prep is required or even offered, other than the free practice test.

We are pleased to announce that the CLT will award a full scholarship to any college or university in America, including tuition/room/board, to the very first high school student(s) to score a perfect 120! In the event that multiple test takers receive a perfect score on the same CLT, the scholarship will be divided among the winners based on the average net cost of college at a 4-year private university ($36,000). High school graduates already enrolled in college are not eligible. Students who win the scholarship must still complete the FAFSA and disclose their expected family contribution (EFC) to the head of Classic Learning Initiatives’ College Counseling Center.

Visit our website at www.cltexam.com for further details and to see the list of colleges and universities now accepting the CLT. Register your student(s) and request a test site be located in your area, if one isn’t listed. Better yet, ask your homeschool group or private school to host the CLT and recruit others to take it with you. Don’t see your college listed? Call and make a great noise for them to accept the CLT, now!

We still have the freedom to teach our own children. We still have the power to restore the course of American education and turn the tide!

Laura Loroña-Kays
Regional Director, West
Classic Learning Initiatives
lloronakays@cltexam.com
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Test Preparation without Getting Smarter

Test Preparation without Getting Smarter

Test Preparation without Getting Smarter


When the SAT or ACT is just a few days away, don't worry about getting smarter! Just prepare for the test. Sure, it would be great if every child was compliant, studied for the college admission tests with a willing and eager attitude, and scored above average, but we live in the real world. Sometimes the test is SOON and the child has ... potentially ... accidentally ... forgotten to study ... for good reason or no reason at all. When this happens, what can you do? Focus on the soft skills of test preparation, not the academic-based answers to the questions.

Here are my suggestions.

Focus on test preparation without getting smarter.

Become Familiar with the Test - give your child at least one full length test at home, timed, for practice, and then one section of a test each day for familiarity.

Adjust Sleep Cycles - make sure your child starts to get to bed earlier and gets up early, so they arrive to the real test more rested and ready.

Review the Homeschool Transcript Together - so the pre-test questions don't freak out your teen and make them feel like they have failed before they have even begun.

Find Your State Homeschool Code - so your child doesn't stress out about anything unrelated to their test score. Find homeschool codes here.

Eat a Breakfast with Protein - good nutrition will see your child through this stressful event.

Drink Water - research shows hydration improves brain function, so have your teen drink water in the morning and bring a water bottle to the test.

Bring a Healthy Snack - so when your child's energy fades, they have a healthy treat to re-energize before the next test section begins.

No Candy During Tests - the sugar high and crashing low are horrible for test scores, so no sugar of any kind during tests.

Bring 4 Sharpened Pencils - no matter how many pencils your child breaks, their test score won't be affected.

Bring a Familiar Calculator - be SURE to bring a calculator, the one they use every day and feel comfortable with, NOT the new one you just bought.

Identify Pick-up Location - not even one brain cell should be worrying about how they will get home, all brain cells should be available for the test.

Locate the Bathroom - one simple bathroom break can destroy a test score if your teen doesn't make it back to their seat before the timer starts

Pick an Answer - have your child choose one letter of the alphabet to always use when they shouldn't waste time on a question, and always use that answer when they don't have a clue.

Familiarity with the test will increase the test score even if they don't get smarter, because kids will get more comfortable with the format and how the questions are asked. Anything you can do to keep teens alert and rested will increase the test score without studying because it will allow their brain to fire on all cylinders. Nutrition and hydration improve brain function. Reducing stress levels will allow them to be as relaxed as possible in an already stressful situation.

Before or after the test, you may want to mention that the test is only an indication of certain academic abilities, it's not a reflection of what is truly important in this world. You may want to review this list of Character Qualities Not Measured by Tests. Good luck on the test!

 



 
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Schedule Test Preparation

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How to Prep for College Admission Tests

How to Prep for College Admission Tests


How to Prep for College Admission Tests


1. Choose the right test


The first step in test prep is figuring out whether the SAT or ACT is the best fit for your child. Because the SAT has changed as of 2016, if your child does best on the SAT, I suggest they take BOTH tests, the SAT and ACT.  If your child does best on the ACT, then only study for and have them take the ACT. Studies imply that boys do better on the SAT and girls do better on the ACT.  Science lovers may do better on the ACT. Students with poor handwriting might do better on the ACT without the essay (although, I don’t recommend that). According to the statistics, more people who live in the coastal states take the SAT. Most students who live in the center of the country take the ACT. But who cares? Statistics are not always right! What’s MOST important is to decide which test will be best for YOUR student. Taking a sample ACT and SAT is the single best way to decide which one your child will score highest on. While the sample test does take 3-4 hours (and it’s a real pain, I know), it can mean THOUSANDS of dollars in scholarship money, so it’s worth it. Here is a Sample ACT Here is a Sample SAT After your child takes the sample test in the comfort of their own home, score the test, and find out what percentile your child is in. Choose the test with the highest percentile score. This chart will help. Score Comparison Chart: SAT, ACT, CLT and Percentile 

2.
Study at home.


Studying at home is the most effective IF the student will actually do that (and I know as a parent, that's not always a sure thing!) See if you can schedule test preparation at home first. Choose a test preparation book with real test questions. During each prep session, do one section of the test (each section is just 25-50 minutes). Read the instructions first. Set the kitchen timer. Have your child take the test. After the timer rings, have your child correct their own test packet. They can review the answers to any questions they missed.

3. Test Prep Class if Necessary


If studying at home doesn't work, consider taking a class outside the home, either online or in a physical location. Locate a test prep class specific for the SAT or ACT (again, the one that fits the best). The SAT has changed, but you have plenty of time to adapt to the changes. This article will tell you more: PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015. The last time the SAT changed was the year my own sons were juniors in high school, so I know exactly how stressful it can be right now. Just hang in there!



 

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Choosing Between the SAT and ACT

Choosing Between the SAT and ACT

Choosing Between the SAT and ACT

Like many choices in homeschooling, the choice of which college admissions test to take is, for the most part, up to you. You have the advantage in these tests, because you get to choose whichever test makes your child look like a genius.

Each high school testing location chooses whether to provide the SAT or the ACT to their students. In general, the states on the coasts tend to give the SAT, and the states in the center of the country tend to give the ACT. A third of students typically do better on the SAT, about a third will do better on the ACT, and for the remaining third, it doesn’t matter which one they take.

Studies claim that boys do better on the SAT and girls do better on the ACT, but statistics are not always right! I’ve also heard that science lovers might do better on the ACT, and poor writers might do better on the ACT without the essay (although I don’t recommend that). What’s MOST important is to decide which test will be best for YOUR student.

Taking a sample ACT and SAT is the single best way to decide which one your child will score the highest on. While the sample test does take 3-4 hours (and it’s a real pain, I know!), it can mean THOUSANDS of dollars in scholarship money, so it’s worth it.

The SAT measures reading, writing, and math. It includes an optional essay, which is 50 minutes, timed, and handwritten in pencil. The ACT is similar, because it also covers reading, writing, math, and an optional essay. However, the ACT also has a section on science reasoning. I recommend that your child take the optional essay for either test.

Here is a sample ACT
Here is a sample SAT

Keep in mind that some colleges may have a preference for one test over the other. Learn about both tests, as well as the requirements of the colleges you’re interested in, and then choose the one that is best for your child.

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Test Preparation in Middle School

Test Preparation in Middle School

 


Test Preparation in Middle School

What do you do to prepare for the SAT and ACT when your child is in middle school? Read these 7 ways to effectively prepare for the SAT and ACT before high school.

The best test prep in middle school is making sure you do a good job with reading, writing, penmanship, and math. Also, providing practice with fill in the bubble tests can ensure that they will be successful on standardized tests.  While things like critical thinking and logic are generally nice to have, they are not specific for test preparation.

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Will More Tests Increase Options?

Will More Tests Increase Options?


Will More Tests Increase Options?


Jasmine was doing some research on college counselors, and found my YouTube Tip of the Week "Do You Need a High Priced College Counselor?"
"My daughter took the SAT twice, receiving 2250 and 2280 (thanks to your excellent tips!) consecutively. Some people have advised her to take the ACT (some saying that her SAT score is still too low for highly selective colleges, others saying that a high ACT score may open doors to additional scholarships depending on where she applies). What do you think?" ~ Jasmine

What a great question! I always suggest that every student tries both the SAT and ACT at home first, before they even start test preparation. That way you can see which test makes your child look the smartest.

Have your child take a sample of each college admission tests.
Sample SAT: https://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test
Sample ACT: http://www.act.org/aap/pdf/Preparing-for-the-ACT.pdf

Many girls do better on the ACT. If she takes the ACT and improves her percentile score, then she may get more college admission offers with scholarships.  If scores on the ACT are higher, then I would absolutely have your child take that test. If scores on the SAT are higher, have your child take that test instead. Colleges often do not have a preference, so as homeschool parents we can choose the test that makes our child look smarter. If you have already taken one of the college admission tests, like the SAT, you can try the other one, the ACT, to see if your child scores better. If you do score better on the ACT, it's a good idea to switch test preparation for that specific test right away. Taking the second test, IF if makes scores improve, will improve the overall academic package presented to the college, and can improve the chances of admission and scholarships.

It's best not to study for the SAT and ACT at the same time. The tests each have a different "voice" and ask questions in  a slightly different way.  So study for one test, then if you decide to take the other test, switch to studying for that particular test.

Jasmine's daughter has GREAT scores, that would make many homeschoolers celebrate! The best advice is to focus on finding a great college that will appreciate your child and be a great fit for her, where she will enjoy living for four years.

If you would like to talk more, consider the Gold Care Club so I can get to know you, your child, and your situation better before giving advice.

If you haven't looking into it before, a College Consultant can be very pricey, and average $150/hour or $4000 flat fee, but can be much more in some locations.  College consulting is an option for parents of sufficient means, but might be out of reach for many single-income homeschool families.  You can pay many thousands of dollars for these special services and it may pay off, or your student may not play their part.  There are much lower cost ways available, however, including The HomeScholar Gold Care Club.

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Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades

Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades

Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades


What do you do?


What do you do when your test scores don't match your homeschool grades? First rule of homeschooling - do not panic! Especially with the first time taking the SAT or ACT, the scores may not be accurate as the child is adjusting to the test.
Tammy asked this question on my Video Tip of the Week.

I have been working through my daughter’s transcripts, and her grades at home from tests, homework, and quizzes are good—-she is getting all A’s. Her first time taking the SAT, however, her scores were not as high as I had hoped—low in fact. 500′s and one score in the 400′s!

I was wondering if I need to go back through all of her home grades and lower her scores to match up with the sat scores. I don’t want the colleges to think mommy grades are bogus!  ~ Tammy

Test the waters!


All students should try to take the ACT and SAT at home, to see which one makes them look the smartest. If you feel  scores were lower than expected, it may not be your child's problem, it could just be the wrong test - a mismatch can lower scores.

Give a sample SAT and ACT at home, to see which test is best for your child.

Sample SAT
Sample ACT



Practice!


Whichever test is best, work on test preparation during your school day. You can use some of the test preparation to replace some of your English class. Your child does NOT have to get smarter to get a better score, she just needs to get more familiar with the way they ask the questions.

This blog post will help you learn to Schedule Test Preparation

If both tests are equally discouraging, then begin to focus on other ways to get outside documentation for your grades - great course descriptions, letters of recommendation, detailed activity and awards lists, etc. Read article about outside documentation for ideas: Super-Size Scholarships with Outside Documentation

There are plenty of kids who don't do well at fill-in-the-bubble tests that get good grades. So try to get those scores up if you can, even if that means switching tests, but don't panic about the test scores - look for other outside documentation if you need to.

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Practicing for the SAT and ACT

Practicing for the SAT and ACT

Practicing for the SAT and ACT


Worried about how to prepare your child for the SAT or ACT? Lee can help! Click on Lee's video, below (or here) for some tips on practicing for these high school tests!



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Real Story, Real Money, Real Scholarships

Real Story, Real Money, Real Scholarships
Persistence can pay off with real money and big-time scholarships!



A homeschooler was kind enough to share her success on my Facebook page. Her story is more like two successes, combined into one magnificent story.

In the first half of the story, she tells us about her child, struggling to earn college scholarships based on her SAT score.

My daughter was 10 points away from the number she needed for $2000 more in scholarships per year! I called the school and proclaimed that my daughter is NOT a number and that she was always just a poor test taker. It didn't matter. She took the SAT 3 times and the ACT, missing the number by 0.2 points in the conversion to SAT!!! She eventually got the number and the extra scholarship.

This young girl took the SAT again and it was worth $2,000 per year. Let's do the math ... that's $8,000 for taking a test! Because she took the test just one more time and because she studied, and tried to increase her score, it translated into big bucks.

How many hours did this teenager study in order to earn her portion, the $8,000? If she worked a LOT, perhaps she studied for 40 hours total. It is unusual to study that much, but it's possible. If she had studied that many hours, this young teenager would have been earning $200 per hour to study for the SAT! Is that worth it? Absolutely! In a heart beat! Do you know many teenagers that make $200 per hour? I don't!

In the second half of this story, this homeschool mom talks about how she was desperate and struggling to afford college for her children.

I also just wrote the college (private college) and asked if there were anymore scholarships available because I had 2 kids in college. They awarded her $2000 more per year!!! A letter worth $8000! Always ask!!!


This mom wrote a letter to ask for more scholarships. It was worth $2,000 per year. Quickly doing the math again, that's $8,000! Again, because Mom took the time to express her concerns.



Let's do a quick review of the math:

One letter = $8000.
One morning = $8,000.
Total = $16,000

These are real dollars! How many hours would you need to work to earn $16,000?



Please note: This post was originally published in October 2012 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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SAT Prep - Credit for Work Done?

SAT Prep - Credit for Work Done?
Did you know ... study time spent on tests such as the SAT or ACT can be included on the transcript!



SAT Prep - Credit for Work Done?



It can take a lot of work for kids to prepare for high school tests such as the SAT or ACT. There are ways to give them credit for all the work they've done using test prep books, classes, or other supplementary materials.

• Consider it a supplement for math and science classes, and don't list it separately on the transcript.

• Consider it hard work and a valuable experience that helps kids learn, and put it on the transcript separately.

If you put it on the transcript, I don't recommend calling it "test preparation." Instead, I prefer to give the class a more general title. I prefer calling it "Study Skills." I usually put it in the "elective" section of the transcript. For a credit value, estimate how many hours are spent. If your child racks up more than 75 hours, then give 1/2 credit.

If you prefer, you can leave it off the transcript. Some parents consider studying for these tests simply a part of the college application process. That's okay too!



Please note: This post was originally published in October 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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I signed up for your transcript program, read through all of your materials and we had a phone consultation shortly afterward. Speaking with you that day gave me the extra confidence I needed to step outside of my comfort zone and let go of my need to "check all the boxes". He was accepted to the University of Texas for this fall to pursue a degree in information technology. Thanks for your... Read More

I love Lee Binz!!!! So full of valuable information, support and inspiration! The Gold Club was very worthwhile! I appreciated the opportunity to have those weekly phone calls with her when I had specific questions. She is awesome! Everything I have bought through her program has been a worthwhile and valuable purchase.

Robin in California
Robin in California

I watched Lee's 1 hour Grades, Credits and Transcripts Webinar. While  watching it, all of my fears melted away and I was reminded of why we started homeschooling in the first place! It was the joy of learning, and a blessing from God! She gave me detailed instructions on how to grade our work, give credits, and make transcripts that included high school level work from previous years. Lee has... Read More

First, Lee, you have been a great help in answering my questions concerning my daughter taking a Gap Year. Second, I raved over your High School Planning Guide and the Sample Grading This is how I felt after downloading everything offered on the Gold-Care membership: I know for certain that in the near future I will be choosing one of the Transcript Templates to make my own official transcript... Read More

Lee understands the struggles that mothers face when they take on the challenge of homeschooling through the high school years. But more than that, she knows how to point moms back to Jesus. Lee is right. Homeschooling is a gift. Your kids may drive you crazy from time to time … and that’s okay. Let the challenges push you closer to Jesus.

Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom
Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom

As these kids were going through their high school years, my homeschool mentor, Lee Binz, helped me realize that seeing their individuality and capitalizing on this as well as their strengths and passions was the ticket to helping each of them gain entry into their next chapter of life. I am so thankful for the instruction, solid support, and mentorship that the HomeScholar provided to me as I... Read More

I followed the principles that you teach and our son has received selection to the Air Force Academy! He also received full scholarships for his second and third choice. Thank you for your passion and for making the information you share available to everyone! We are very grateful!

Thank you so much for the links and resources. Thanks, too, for being available to talk yesterday. I truly enjoy talking with you! You help me to feel more confident about putting Meaghan's transcript together. Lee, you have so much knowledge and wisdom to share about home schooling high school, preparing for college, and putting a transcript together. Thanks for sharing it with others! You are... Read More

Thank you so much Lee!!!! I have loved all of the webinars I have watched and really appreciate the workbooks! This has been my first year homeschooling. I have a son in 9th grade and his sister will join him next year. A lot of people thought we were crazy for starting homeschooling in high school, but with the help of fellow homeschoolers and your wonderful resources (recommended to me a... Read More

I bought the High School Solution last week and I am part way through the first presentation. So far, I am really liking it. I am green, green, green to home school so I had no expectations except to learn. My favorite part so far is the overview. I'm learning a lot and feel like it is doable. I'm good at organizing and planning I just needed some direction. Some help. After I bought it, I... Read More

I just had to write to let you know that my daughter received the Regent's Scholarship for Pepperdine University! This is a $40,700 annual award. I am still in shock daily. We found out a week ago, and it has taken this long for it to actually sink in. Of course this is after hours and hours of work on both of our parts, my daughter writing countless essays and filling out applications, and... Read More

Hi Lee,

Thank you so much for all the help you have given me over the past years. I really appreciate you and your advice. On Saturday, I graduated my youngest child who will be heading off to Liberty University in the fall. What a blessed journey it has been and you have been a big part of the success we have experienced.

I am an organized person but your help in staying on top of... Read More

Kathleen in North Carolina
Kathleen in North Carolina

Lee Binz has hit the nail smack on the head for clearly identifying the impact technology is having on our children, families, and schools, and what to do about it. TechnoLogic demystifies a very complex issue, helping readers to sort out problem areas and identify solutions. TechnoLogic is for everyone who cares about creating better lives for children.

Cris Rowen, Author of
Cris Rowen, Author of "The Virtual Child"

I loved Finding a College.  It was so helpful, so much great information!  You shared many of the concerns that I had about college. I see so many "so called" Christian Colleges/University's that are no different than a secular school.  That concerns me.   I will continue to pray, I know God can always change things, but that was really neat.

You can count me as a completely satisfied customer.  The Total Transcript Solution made the process a pleasure.  Our transcript was a wonderful summary of the rich educational experience a home school education can provide.  We translated my son’s home school experience into the language schools can understand, and obviously love!

I'm just a grateful mom who wouldn't do without Lee's continued valuable help at this point in my homeschool career! I still have two in high school so I have a ways to go and I still depend on her wisdom and wonderful resources for those of us who are homeschooling through high school. Lee's input enabled me to prepare a "Comprehensive High School Record" for my son which allowed me to present... Read More

I'm feeling all sorts of feelings - panic, insecure, frustrated that I'm not done with all the paperwork, etc. I uncovered a pile of my school related record keeping items and discovered your book Finding the Faith to Homeschool High School. I randomly opened to page 85 and read about The Great Pause. Thank you for writing this book. I read about 20 pages and I felt like you were exactly... Read More

With your guidance and the Total Transcript package my daughter got into her top school choice and was offered enough scholarships that they would be paying her each semester.

I thought I would have to convince my husband that we wanted to spend this amount, but he is fully convinced that your materials are an investment in my daughter's education. That, my friend, is a compliment in the highest! He is very picky as to what he calls an investment in education! We've been talking about it, and I told him that not only am I impressed with your materials, and not only was... Read More

I have purchased all Lee’s solutions and am a Gold Care Club member. I am so appreciative of the quality and caliber of the recommendations from the HomeScholar! I recommend Lee Binz and The HomeScholar to all my friends planning on homeschooling through high school.

The admissions officer told her that one of the factors in their decision to give her the scholarship and the invitation were her impressive homeschool transcript and course descriptions!!

Thank you so much for the wealth of information that you share! You have given me the knowledge and courage to do more than I ever felt possible, especially the ability to maneuver the high school transcript and college application process. Our daughter was accepted to all six schools to which she applied. She was offered various scholarships to each of them, and she received a full four-year... Read More

Lori in New Hampshire
Lori in New Hampshire

I thought I would also take this chance to thank you for your assistance with my daughter’s transcript and course descriptions. The information that I learned in your book, seminars, and talking with you personally gave me the confidence and knowledge to create a solid presentation of records. My daughter received multiple scholarship offers. She turned down a full tuition scholarship at one... Read More

THANK YOU. My daughter applied online to the university of her first choice. She had to send in a copy of her transcript. We sent that in, but in addition and thanks to your guidance we also sent in a cover letter followed by her Comprehensive Record. Your assistance via the phone was invaluable and was a great confidence booster as we embarked on this journey. Thanks again!

After getting over the shock of scholarships, my first thought was 'Thank you Lee!' It wouldn't have happened without the Comprehensive Records and encouragement from you!

Lee Binz is a genius at taking complex information and making it simple. She simplified the information in a fun and quite comical way. I felt so empowered! I now have the information I need to turn what my children enjoy doing into credits on their transcript. I highly recommend visiting her website and purchasing her book!

Monica, Blog:
Monica, Blog: "Chocolate Covered Boy Joy"

During the registration process, one of the representatives stopped me and said, 'Your documents for your son were amazing. We would like to use them as a model for others, as they were really helpful for us and especially for homeschoolers!' Of course, I followed the Comprehensive Record Solution that you provide, and heard about your success with the admission process…. but never expected to... Read More

I’d like to thank Lee for helping me gain the confidence I needed to start teaching high school this year. Instead of timidly requesting information from various sources I simply devoured everything I could find on her web site and spoke to her several times as part of a Gold Care Club membership. I cannot stress enough how empowering it is to have this important information up front! I am not... Read More

"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great webinar yesterday. It was a great blessing to me. I was feeling a bit intimidated by high school and was planning to find a diploma program, because I just didn't know how to do it on my own. But you have given me such confidence and even excitement about it. I now feel that I can stay true to who we are as a homeschool family, rather... Read More

One of the major reasons I'm no longer anxious about homeschooling high school is because I've had the benefit of reading Lee Binz's book "Setting the Records Straight," as well as her many other wonderful resources. Her examples, encouragement, and insights will equip you to translate your homeschooled student's experiences into the language that college admissions officers understand.

Thank you so much for all that you have done to support me and our family over the last several years. I first met you at the homeschool convention in Michigan. Your workshops and personal encouragement gave me the confidence that I COULD do this! I have deeply valued the personal and individual help you've given. You have been a huge blessing and you had a part in making graduation and success... Read More

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions at the conference. I’ve been praying for an answer to my unique needs in homeschooling my oldest son. I believe God answered my prayers by sending me to you. A huge weight was lifted after speaking with you and your husband. It’s hard for me to let go and let God have complete control of our homeschool, but I’m learning and it’s getting... Read More

Janel in North Dakota
Janel in North Dakota

I want to give a little testimony and some kudos to YOUI I compiled my beautiful spiral-bound booklet of course descriptions, reading lists, awards & activities, and sample work for my son Sam a few weeks ago. It had a nice cover page, complete with table of contents (which was the most difficult to do of the entire thing!). It was total about 80 pages. It looked professional, and honestly,... Read More

I have been using your coffee-break books, newsletters, and your Total Transcript Solution package for the last several years for my oldest daughter. We have been working on college paperwork for months. She now has enough money to go to school this fall!

Listening to your online workshops, reading the coffee break books, and the transcript package with the bonuses that came with it all... Read More

I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey.

I’ve been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has been invaluable to me. I wanted to thank you! My son is away at college in his second semester of freshman year. He is doing great and although the course work is rigorous, he is WELL prepared for college. Many people in my life would question... Read More

Again, just 20 minutes with you and I feel so relieved! This "high school" thing is gonna be alright! Thanks for the list of books. Reading is the love language of both of my boys also. So I truly appreciate this list to give me a foundation. The new school year is starting, and I am introducing folks to you left and right and hope that they jump on board, since your info has been priceless to... Read More

The High School Solution is an online membership site designed to support and encourage parents who are homeschooling their children through high school.

A veteran homeschool mom herself, Lee Binz shares the tried-and-true tips and tricks she learned while preparing her own children for college and while helping other homeschool parents do the same.

The High School Solution is well... Read More

Susan Anadale, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Susan Anadale, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Lee, you are THE BEST homeschool encourager!!!! You are a tremendous blessing to homeschoolers and I am telling my friends to check out your site and your terrific resources---I wish I told some of them sooner.

Sharon in Connecticut
Sharon in Connecticut

I'm a Gold Care Club member. You have been such a blessing, giving me the advice I need each week. My husband has been really impressed, too.

Dear Lee,

Thank you! Thank you! My name is Michele Williams and I am one of your Happy Customers! I have a daughter that is getting ready to graduate, she is my first and I was so nervous on how to go about doing her transcripts. I ordered your transcript package and watched your webinars hoping to learn how to make them look good and what exactly to apply to them. She is an artist and had... Read More

Your latest newsletter is very inspiring. I liked the curriculum article and the straightforward tips on how to sort through all the various choices available. Your husband's articles are excellent; they’re consistently relevant, humorous and insightful. I enjoy seeing his perspective as a homeschool dad. You are certainly a blessing to home schooling moms like me. You have been an answer to... Read More

The support and information The HomeScholar provided helped me confidently perform that task, and now my son has been accepted into the college of his choice! Believe it or not, his smile was even bigger than in the picture when he got that acceptance letter! Thank you, HomeScholar!

Kelly and her son, Cole
Kelly and her son, Cole

I just finished going through it and I am amazed at the wealth of information you have provided for homeschool parents and their high schoolers.  As I am in thick of the application and admission process, I can confidently say that you have done your homework very thoroughly, the information you share is right on, and this product is going to save many homeschool parents time, energy and... Read More

There is so much here to value. The course descriptions are absolutely wonderful! I absolutely love it when I realize that we are taking a class that you have already outlined for us. The different options on the transcript is also great, especially when you have kids with early high school credit.

Hello Lee,
I recently attended your webinar, "12 Keys to High School Success" free workshop. I just wanted to compliment you on your presentation. It was very helpful and encouraging. And I think it was even better than previous presentations. Kudos! I particularly appreciated the month-by-month meltdown calendar! It was good to know that you understand and feel the difficulties; it provided a... Read More

It was so great talking with you today! Thank you so much for all of your advice, your time, and your encouragement. I am so excited to know I have someone so knowledgeable that I can go to for help with everything regarding homeschooling high school! The email you just sent my way today is a treasure trove. You really know how to listen and know what to recommend! I have already sent my son to... Read More

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I will continue to educate myself and check out all the links you emailed me. I look forward to calling you again. I absolutely appreciate and love your service. You are the answer to my prayer on where to begin to learn about homeschooling high school. Thank you.

In April, my homeschooled senior daughter was applying to a very competitive specialty summer college program at a major Ivy League university. I had to come up with a really professional looking transcript, FAST, and I was really dreading it.

However, I ordered your Homeschool Total Transcript Solution and it was all you said it was! I was able to write brief course descriptions and find... Read More

I am writing to say thank you and to share our success story with you. Our was just accepted early decision into College! Your resources were invaluable in helping me wade through the application process. I used both your Total Transcript Solution and Comprehensive Record Solution. I recommend your materials to all homeschoolers who have high school students, and I also agree with your... Read More

You guys on the support staff are really fantastic, I have never had better customer service. It is a rarity in this day and age sometimes.

I have been following your advice for 3 years now! Last year I leaped into the Gold Care Club with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.  I am so thankful for your willingness to mentor the homeschool community. My family has just gone through the college application process for the first time.  Thanks to you, I felt very aware of what to expect, and confident in our coursework,... Read More

I knew I had to prepare transcripts for college admission, and my son had taken the SAT, but I knew NOTHING about what I should be doing to prepare for college admissions. I decided to purchase the Gold Care Club, learned loads about junior year and homeschooling high school through the Club and Lee's other materials, and was able to prepare a transcript, go to a college fair, visit colleges, and... Read More

Lee is extremely professional and relevant to homeschooling. All her tips and recommendations are clearly explained and ideas I wouldn't have considered. The voice of experience (successful experience at that) is *always* valuable!

I’ve always considered myself a manly kind of dad…but after reading Lee Binz’s book, my fears were confirmed that I’ve been a little afraid of the college scene. Perhaps it’s because of my own college experience or what I see now at colleges, but I wasn’t convinced college is a good thing. Lee helped calm my fears, reassured my inner-dad, and walked me through the whole process.... Read More

I listened to the webinar the other day while working in the kitchen, and I was so encouraged!  I am currently homeschooling the last four of our twelve kids, and have seen "real time" how well our graduates have done both in college and the work force.  Still, it was nice to have the reinforcement of the studies that Dr. Wile presented.I really wish that I had had the information that I've... Read More

I seriously thank you both as you have made all the difference for our son. I was prepared to send him away next year for high school because I had lost hope, was so scared and my vision had become cloudy. But I have praising God that I found your site a few days ago and now I know I can do this.

Your homeschool transcripts and records were the best organized and documented I have seen.

Bryan Jones, Admissions Director at SPU
Bryan Jones, Admissions Director at SPU

I have seen no other site on the web better equipped than yours to help homeschooling high school students, and I will be telling others nothing but good things about your site. I am the type who researches something and eventually becomes reasonably well educated on the subject. This is what I have done when it comes to homeschooling our high school daughter. I have spent many months getting up... Read More

You helped me out a couple of years ago, and assisted me with a high school transcript for my son Landon. I was just beginning to deal with some brain tumors and several surgeries and so appreciated your help. Things are still not as easy for me as they used to be and I did very little homeschooling with my then 13 year old Austyn that 2008-2009 school year. I thought I would give you an update... Read More

In applying for the summer institutes I used your model to the best of my ability. I watched the videos enough to have them pretty much set to memory. I plan on putting together a complete comprehensive record ASAP. I want to have available my son’s accomplishments in a neat and presentable package. Without you, our homeschool would not be as organized record keeping and academically, and my... Read More

It really made for a more professional look. You are providing a service much needed by many. Her scholarship will be paying for four years of tuition, out-of-state fees, room/board, book stipend as well as $5000 toward a month summer abroad program. Thank you again for all that I learned through your services.

I strongly recommend this book to all homeschooling parents who think that college might be in their child’s future. It not only demystifies the process of college preparation, it will also put you at ease as you help your child make one of the most important decisions of their young life.

As one of your Gold Care Club members, I am so excited to share our good news. We are so proud of our daughter, Kiana, for being selected for the top scholarship. Thank you for all your help in preparing her transcript, commenting on her essays and completing her comprehensive file. I am so thankful that I discovered (and purchased) BEFORE my girls began high school. Kiana has been accepted to 6... Read More

Tracey Pieters in Mexico
Tracey Pieters in Mexico

Lee, I couldn’t have done it without you and I give thanks to God for leading me to you!! Thank you for all your help and coaching over the last two years, I feel so thankful and blessed!!

Thanks you for your time to advise and encourage me. You are definitely gifted in listening and also analytical skills. I consider every minute and dollar spent a worthy investment for me as well as our entire family. Thank you for choosing to use your gifts and talents and wisdom to help me. I am truly thankful to you! I also believe we have a lot in common and wished we lived near one another.... Read More

You saved me many tears by helping me with your Gold Care Club this past year... Just so you know our son has been accepted at all the colleges he has applied and one admissions officer commented "I can tell by his transcript that you have done a great job homeschooling him". Thanks Lee!

Dear Lee,

I attended the North Carolina Homeschool Conference several years ago when you were speaking. My daughter was just beginning High School and I felt lost. You were wonderful! I left the conference feeling energized and encouraged. I read your books, watched your Youtube videos and your DVDs. I can't tell you how often we used your advise in Dual Enrollment, college visits,... Read More

Tracy in North Carolina
Tracy in North Carolina

Your book, 'Setting the Record Straight' helped me compose my own unique transcript and course description document. Mine did not look like any of the examples in your book, but as you encouraged in your book, I found my very own style.

My daughter was not only accepted to the one and only school she applied, but she was offered the highest scholarship they award and invited to join their... Read More

Your kind words written back to me filled my heart with joy!! I appreciate that you took the time to read what I wrote. That really tells me that you are 100% invested in your business, but I already had that impression anyway!

I only wish that I had found your resources earlier in my daughter’s homeschooling high schooling years. I would have saved myself so much time and energy.

I... Read More

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your audio workshops. I often listen to them on my iPod while I walk in the mornings or on my computer while I’m making dinner. They offer such practical, in-depth advice, and such an affordable product.

Thank you so much for this info and for talking with me today. Your personal experiences that you shared with me, along with all the information, really helps a lot. Thanks for listening also. I tend to talk a lot, so it is refreshing to find someone who actually listens and thinks some of what I have to say is worth listening to. One thing during our conversation that I meant to mention was how... Read More

Jean in North Carolina
Jean in North Carolina

I am finished with the transcript!! Thank you so much for all your help and guidance with the Total Transcript Solution. I feel really good about the grades my daughter has, taking more into consideration than just the averages on paper. I know full well that effort played a big part in her high school career too. The last 2 years of high school, she really grew up and figured out how to get her... Read More

I have purchased all Lee’s solutions and am a Gold Care Club member. I am so appreciative of the quality and caliber of the recommendations from the HomeScholar! I recommend Lee Binz and The HomeScholar to all my friends planning on homeschooling through high school.

Angela in South Carolina
Angela in South Carolina

Long time fan - I used your book to help my eldest get a full tuition scholarship! Your ideas work! Child #2 is a bit more free form in her learning, so I'm hoping to refine my course description skills to help her as best I can. Thank you!

I have purchased all Lee’s solutions and am a Gold Care Club member. I am so appreciative of the quality and caliber of the recommendations from the HomeScholar! I recommend Lee Binz and The HomeScholar to all my friends planning on homeschooling through high school.

I have been so blessed by your newsletters, website, and the Total Transcript Solution. Last October, my daughter was accepted and awarded the highest academic scholarship from all four of the private Christian colleges she applied to. Two of those universities invited her to compete for “up to full-tuition scholarships,” and in early April, she was awarded the Presidential Honors... Read More

Lee is an expert in homeschool transcripts. Many people send me things to review but Lee's stuff really grabbed me. I said 'this is a like minded person. This is woman with the voice of experience and the common sense that so many of us are so desperately looking for in the educational world.' Lee has the expertise of a professional to help with this tricky issue of assigning credits and grades... Read More

Andrew Pudewa, Director of IEW
Andrew Pudewa, Director of IEW

The FEAR has been alleviated (THANKS to you!!) The audios were incredibly insightful and PACKED full of information! The ebook was the most VALUABLE tool I've seen on the nuts and bolts of transcripts! You literally answered EVERY question that came to mind. I know I will refer to it often. You are a blessing indeed.

Your webinar has certainly bailed me out! This is for my son who was not interested in any more schooling and then suddenly changed his mind after graduation. I had started to buy your program, but after seeking help with our homeschool group they told me not to bother with a transcript. I will be telling everyone in our group to at least take your webinar on transcripts. I agree this should be... Read More

Thank you so, so much for all that you are doing. I have needed support like you offer for a number of years now. It has felt like we've been going on to the end all alone. Now I feel supported. I am just nervous to call or email you for help. One of these days I will be brave. Thank you, again. You are one of my heroes.

Thank you so much for sharing your personal journey, expertise, and encouragement! Our family knows that homeschooling is exactly where God wants us, but sometimes, while it seems we're trudging through the trenches, your advice is exactly what God uses to keep me focused and productive. Homeschooling 3 high schoolers and having two preschoolers, keeps me pretty much permanently logged in to your... Read More

I just wanted you to know that while I have enjoyed your program very much, and that you have answered all of my transcript questions. I have 7 children and 5 of them still are waiting anxiously for their own graduation, so I will definitely remember you and what you have to offer, not to mention how much you have helped me already! I pray that the Lord continues to bless you and your family for... Read More

Thank you, Lee, for making me feel like I can teach high school and prepare them for college. You have really made me feel that this stage of my home schooling journey is doable.

I loved the way you compared "finding a college" to finding "the love of your life." That really put a perspective on college hunting that I hadn't thought of before. Your step-by-step outline of the process used to help your sons' find a college is straight-forward and easy to understand. How I wish I'd had this information when I was helping my two oldest daughters find colleges. This... Read More

I found Lee Binz while searching the internet. My husband and I set up an appointment with Lee.  Talk about hand holding! It was just what I needed. She answered all my questions about SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP, and PSAT testing. She helped me set up a plan for the next four years. It was wonderful. The best part? My husband and I left the meeting as a team. Even today I still feel 100% better about... Read More

Tressa in Washington
Tressa in Washington

What you do is a wonderful ministry.  I gleaned wonderful insights from your seminars at the convention. The information on transcripts was so simple and straightforward, that I'm actually looking forward to getting started. I've been avoiding writing my course descriptions until now too. But now, I'm more encouraged, more energized and more motivated than ever before, thanks to you.   I'll be... Read More

I am so so so thankful to God for you. I spent the morning becoming confused and in despair over math and science next year. I was reading a homeschool forum trying to decide what to do for science next year. Some of the moms had the idea that you HAD to do certain things or your child's college career, not to mention life, would be ruined if you didn't do things a certain way. I finally... Read More

Dear Lee, Honestly, we are IN AWE of the resources you’ve got here. With our journey into high school just beginning, we are SO happy to have you with us! Thank you again for putting together such AMAZING resources for the homeschool community!

Lori and Scott in Georgia
Lori and Scott in Georgia

You have taken an enormous amount of information and put it into bite-sized pieces so that the homeschooling parent can learn the information and process without becoming overwhelmed and frustrated–that goes for beginner homeschool high school parents and those of us who have been at it awhile. And you speak in the videos like a girlfriend who is going through all the same stuff with me! I... Read More

I have really enjoyed having your support in our journey through homeschooling. I especially enjoy the online workshops! I am so happy that I've made this purchase and have no regrets. You are a blessing in our lives. Thanks again.

Our daughter had chronic Lyme Disease. I was stressed wondering how we were going to get her through High School. Then I found you! With your ebooks, emails and blog I was able to create a high school centered on her interests and be creative with how she learned each subject. Your clear method for keeping course work and making transcripts was so easy that I was even able to help friends... Read More

This information is so much more than I ever could have hoped for from anyone! You're truly providing a wonderful service. Thank you so much for your help. I had this little voice in my head telling me I needed to keep great records through middle school, so I have been doing it right along. Glad to know it can work for his high school transcripts. Thank you for your words of wisdom. You've... Read More

I've been doing a happy dance all day and I just had to pass the excitement along to you! Late last night I took the plunge and submitted my first ever high school transcript accompanied by 13 course descriptions to our state college after applying for dual enrollment for my upcoming junior. I used your template "Academic Record by Subject" from the Total Transcript Solution package and I... Read More