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Should Homeschoolers Take the ACT in 9th grade?

Should Homeschoolers Take the ACT in 9th grade?
Should a 9th grader take the ACT or SAT? My daughter, Faith, is in 9th grade.  NC requires we administer a nationally recognized test each year, which has been either CAT or Woodcock-Johnson. However, it had been recommended that I use the ACT from here on out to familiarize her with the test in hopes of achieving the highest score for possible scholarship opportunities.  But yesterday, while actually in the midst of composing my email to...
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Guest — Bethany LeBedz
My daughter did the ACT in 9th grade because we likewise live in NC & testing is required by state law. She did review some, b... Read More
Friday, 29 April 2011 17:06
Guest — Catherine
Lee, I hadn't heard about the PLAN until a few weeks ago, so we had our daughter take the ACT this year in 10th grade. We knew th... Read More
Friday, 29 April 2011 07:00
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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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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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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. Either the SAT or...
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Guest — Sally Hess
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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Monday, 17 January 2011 03:32
Guest — Janet
Not college ready or not a good test taker? Here's an interesting thing to try on the retake... Read More
Friday, 14 January 2011 09:07
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How Does Your Homeschool Compare?

How Does Your Homeschool Compare?
Scores Stagnate at High SchoolsA Wall Street Journal article mildly whispers a passively calm title.  But the quotes within the article are really quite shocking."High schools are the downfall of American school reform," said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington. "We haven't figured out how to improve them on a broad scope and if our kids aren't dropping out physically, they are dropping out mentally."  It's an...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lisa, Don't think about CLEP as "cramming for the test." Certainly there is an element of learning how to test well. But i... Read More
Monday, 13 September 2010 15:57
Guest — Lisa Smith
I love that speech! But now I'm concerned because we're thinking of using CollegePlus (recommended on this website). Doesn't Colle... Read More
Saturday, 11 September 2010 11:24
Guest — Luke Holzmann
Homeschooling high school is absolutely a great option! Thanks for sharing, Lee [smile]. ~Luke
Thursday, 09 September 2010 06:10
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    Mary Jo emailed asking for advice as to whether a public-schooled high school junior should consider homeschooling for only her senior year of high school. Here's what I said.

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    My best advice is this;  "Know your child and trust yourself."  If you know that homeschooling is the best fit for your child, then trust yourself and do it.  Don't avoid
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  • How to Put Fabulous Fun on Your Homeschool Transcript

    Some people simply aren't textbook people! What do you do if your homeschooler learns by living, instead of studying textbooks? What if your child soaks up knowledge like a sponge, without being directed in any way?  If this is you, do you know how to put their fabulous fun on your child's homeschool transcript?

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  • Homeschool Documentation and Work Samples

    It is important to provide colleges with the information they need when going through the college admission process. Although the transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, colleges may ask for you to provide homeschool documentation in the way of work samples if they are considering your student for scholarship opportunities. Having your comprehensive records in order is important before you begin the

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  • Menu Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table

    What are you making for Thanksgiving ? Need some ideas? I don't have to make the turkey this year, but I do have other ideas! These are appetizers, sides, and desserts that are easy to make or can be made ahead - things I have actually made and my family actually loves them.

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    Make ahead dip, wash-ahead fruits

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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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