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Test Prep on a High School Transcript

Test Prep on a High School Transcript
SAT preparation is a good idea, but you don't want to announce "WE STUDY FOR THE TEST" in big bold letters, so I don't recommend the title "SAT Preparation" for a course title.  Instead, I prefer calling it something else.

Many public and private schools will include test prep in their regular English and math courses.  Others will provide separate classes for SAT prep, like you are doing.  It's completely fine to give credit for test preparation - either by using it as a component of another class, or by given credit as a stand alone class.

You can call it critical thinking, or study skills, college study skills, college readiness skills, or something like that.  I prefer "Study Skills" unless there is a critical thinking curriculum or discussion in your study - but that's just my opinion.

For credit value, estimate the number of hours spent.  If the student works 2-3 hours per week for most of the school year, then call it a credit.

Your best strategy for keeping all those balls in the air is preparation.  The HomeScholar Gold Care Club will give you the comprehensive help you need to homeschool high school.
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Homeschool Record Keeping - Yearly Standardized Testing

Homeschool Record Keeping - Yearly Standardized Testing
For standardized testing, I recommend a generic grade level test (CAT, IOWA, etc.)  I think it's helpful in middle school to take a test in a fairly large group.  That will help make it a normal and natural experience for kids.  Hopefully that will reduce test anxiety later on, when they need to take the SAT or ACT and it counts.    It's helpful to use the same test each year, until you start taking the college admission tests.  Taking the same test each you can help you compare progress year to year.  Even so, parents usually know how well kids are doing anyway, so it's not ALL that helpful.

The most important things about standardized testing are:

1. Fulfilling your state legal requirement
2. Learning to fill in bubble tests
3. Become familiar with test taking to reduce anxiety later on

Interested in learning what a successful book of course descriptions looks like.  Check out my Sample Comprehensive Record here.
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Homeschoolers: Why Did You Take the PSAT?

Homeschoolers: Why Did You Take the PSAT?
Why did you take the PSAT?  Did you remember to register in time?  I was very encouraged the other day when Kitty said she and her friends remembered to take the test because of me!  After a hard day, that sort of positive encouragement can make my whole week!  Here is what she wrote:

Today my son took his PSAT test. Four or five moms were waiting for their children after the test and they told my husband that they were at the test that day because of me, his wife. But, he was quick to tell them that ACTUALLY it was because of you!

The day you sent out your emails about the PSAT I went into action and called our local school system. The registrations started THAT day!  Homeschoolers couldn't register until the next week, but it gave me time to get the information I needed. I told a few friends, who must have told some friends. So, in case you ever wonder if you're making a difference, YOU ARE!

I was like the people you described in your PSAT information. The whole concept of PSAT and SAT totally overwhelmed me, partly because of what they mean: My son is almost done with high school! I'm so not ready for that to happen, so I try not to think about it. But, you forced me to get my head out of the sand and take the steps needed to make the test happen.

Thanks again,

Even when your schedule is busy, quickly look over my "Calendar Reminders" in my newsletter each month.  That will remind you about key, time-sensitive tasks, like registering for tests.  Learn about the tests so you are prepared.  Next year, you will be all ready to go! Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit The Homeschool Advantage in SAT Tests

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