Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit (Plus Free Book)

Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit (Plus Free Book)

Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit


Like the SAT, the PSAT is a college admission test overseen by the College Board. It meets most state homeschool testing requirements and covers reading, writing, and math, but doesn't include an essay. The PSAT is a fairly inexpensive test compared to most annual assessments. In addition to being practice for the SAT, the PSAT can help you find a college, indicate career options your student might not have considered, and can lead to scholarships.

You can read the whole article, Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit right now. It's taken from chapter two of my book, High School Testing.

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What is a Good Score on the SAT?

What is a Good Score on the SAT?

What is a good score on the SAT? Everybody asks me that!

There is no formula or calculation for what makes a good score.  A good SAT score is the best score that YOUR child can earn. But to guesstimate how your child is doing, I can suggest a scale based on the general population of the US. It doesn't fit every family, and it may not fit your child, but it can help you begin to think about test scores and what they might mean.

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Schedule Test Preparation

Schedule Test Preparation


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Help! My Child isn't a Good Test Taker!

Help! My Child isn't a Good Test Taker!

Help! My Child isn't a Good Test Taker!


Are you wondering what to do if your homeschooled child isn't a good test taker? Click on Lee's video, below (or here) for some simple strategies for anxious parents.

Are you struggling with a child who just isn't a good test taker? Please share!


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How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT

How to Prepare for the SAT or ACT


Are you wondering how best to prepare your child for the SAT or ACT? Click on Lee's video, below (or here) to learn a quick and easy way to help your child prepare.

Are you in the midst of preparing your child for the SAT or ACT this year? Please share!


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Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?

Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?


Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?


Are you concerned that your teen might not do well on the SAT and you're wondering if it really is a graduation requirement? Click on Lee's video to learn more!



Is your teen gearing up to take the SAT? Are you worried about the SAT? Please share!


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How Do I Stop Worrying About the SAT?

How Do I Stop Worrying About the SAT?



Is your child in high school? Have you started studying for the SAT together? Are you worried about the upcoming changes to the SAT? Click on Lee's video below to help you stop worrying about the SAT.



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CLEP or AP: How Do You Choose?

CLEP or AP: How Do You Choose?



Do you want your child to earn college credit in the high school years? Are you considering CLEP or AP? Click on the video below to learn how to choose between CLEP and AP!



What concerns do you have about CLEP and AP? Has your child already taken CLEP or AP classes or tests? Let me know in the comments below!


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Where Can I Find Information on the SAT and ACT?

Where Can I Find Information on the SAT and ACT?



Is the SAT or ACT exam looming ahead for your child? Click on the video below to learn where to find out more information about these tests and stop panicking!



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Coping with Changes to the SAT

Coping with Changes to the SAT

Confused about recent changes to the SAT?. In this video, I discuss what you can expect.



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Breaking News! The SAT test will change in Spring of 2016

Breaking News!  The SAT test will change in Spring of 2016
The College Board has just announced extensive changes to the SAT, saying that both the SAT and ACT "have become disconnected from the work of our high schools."

So they are changing the test. CHANGE. I know what you're thinking. Change; that dreaded word that reminds us all about changing diapers.


What is changing on the SAT?

The test questions are different

  • NO penalty for wrong answers

  • Offered in print AND on computer at selected locations

  • Only THREE sections: Evidence-based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay

  • The new exam will be about 3 hours, plus 50 minutes for the Essay

  • The Essay section will be OPTIONAL


The scores will be different

  • Scoring will go back to a 400-1600 point scale

  • Reading & Writing are combined and scored on a 200-800 point scale

  • Math will be scored on a 200-800 point scale

  • The Essay reported separately


The Essay is optional

  • The Essay prompt will be shared in advance and there will be focus on the essay of analyzing a source

  • The Essay score is reported separately

  • Since colleges want the ACT test with optional essay, I suggest you take the SAT with optional essay.


The test will include more subjects

  • Math focused on 3 key areas: Problem solving and Data Analysis, Algebra, and Advanced Math

  • Problems will be grounded in real world context: in Reading & Writing, students will be asked to edit and revise texts

  • Both sections will include problems from across the curriculum (science, history, geography etc.)

  • Students will be asked to read and answer questions and do analysis in science & social studies contexts

  • An excerpt from one of America’s founding documents or "part of the great global conversation" will be included in every exam


When is it changing?

  • The first new test will arrive in Spring 2016

  • No immediate changes, and you don't have to immediately buy a new book

  • If you're taking the SAT this year or next year, you can stick with what you have been using

  • Whichever test you take, make sure to study for it: Schedule Test Preparation

  • When new study guides arrive, I tend to prefer Princeton Review materials best


Where to learn more

Executive Summary

  • The SAT is changing in 2016, now is no time to panic

  • Keep doing what you are doing

  • In fall of 2015, try to find new study guides that cover the new format


Are you in the middle of studying for the SAT with your high schooler? What are you doing to prepare?
For more information, you can ready my complete article: Big Changes Coming with the Redesigned SAT

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Living Overseas? How to Plan a College Visit

Living Overseas? How to Plan a College Visit
I have so many military and missionary members and subscribers, sometimes I feel like I travel the globe as I talk to people.  It's so fun! I often get questions about how my military and missionary friends can plan for college visits.



When homeschoolers live overseas, make the best use of your breaks in the US.  Visit colleges, as many as you can, during your visits back to the US. For overseas families, try to find colleges that are near a support system for your child, near relatives or your church that the student is comfortable with.  Visit those colleges each time  you are in the US, so the setting becomes familiar and home-like.

If you can plan ahead for a break, the very best time would be spring of junior year, perhaps March to June, or anytime between February and August.  During that time, you can visit colleges, take the SAT twice with ease, and start the application process before leaving for overseas again.

There is an option to take the SAT overseas, but the testing center may be quite a distance from your location.  Here is the US, it's much easier to find a testing location, and so you might find it more convenient while you are in the states.  If possible, try to complete your application to colleges before you go back, so you can interact with the admission office if necessary, asking questions as you go.  For that reason, make sure your homeschool records are thorough and complete before December of junior year, so they are ready for your visits and college applications.

If possible, look into the possibility of taking the PSAT where you live. It is helpful to take the PSAT in 10th grade, overseas if necessary.  That way you will be able to locate a site “near-ish” to you and navigate the process when the scores don't count.  That will set you up to take the PSAT in 11th grade, because you'll know exactly how to do it.  If you do some college searches during 9th grade, then you should be ready to start visiting college in 11th grade, to see if they are still a good fit for your almost-18 year old.  Take the SAT or ACT in March of junior year, and then sign up to take the SAT or ACT in June as well.  Taking it twice can improve scholarship potential - taking it more than twice doesn't really help.

College visits will be extremely helpful for college admission and scholarships. If you get a chance, read this article about college visits, because I think it could help: How to Win a Scholarship Competition



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Homeschool High School Testing: AP Exams

Homeschool High School Testing: AP Exams
Many parents write to me asking about high school testing options. Sometimes it seems confusing, but each test is simple to understand once you know what makes them unique and how they can work to your child's benefit. Tammy wrote to me recently about AP Exams:



I saw an ad in the local school bulletin.They are having AP Exams. Is that something my son can take to show his "intelligence" in a subject or is it more like the CLEP Exams?! I know I didn't word that properly, but you know what I mean, I believe.Or is it a test to take to see if you can take an AP class? I think he might be ready for the SPANISH AP Exam. would be wise to take this?  He's nearly done with RS Spanish, has one more level, but by time he takes the test, he may be done. Thanks!
~ Tammy

AP exams are subject exams.  They measure how much your student knows in a subject like economics or history. They are not a general test that show grade levels, so they can't be used like a standardized test.  They aren't an intelligence test.  They aren't the same as the SAT or ACT college admission test.  AP tests cover just ONE subject per test.

AP exams are very similar to CLEP Exams.  You can read a comparison here:  AP and CLEP Comparison.

The AP exam is taken at the end of an AP class.  However, ANYONE can take an AP test, even if you haven't taken an AP class.   In public schools, they don't always offer every AP class that kids want or need.  Those children are allowed to study a subject on their own and take the AP test without having an AP class.  Basically they are doing it just like we do - homeschooling the class and taking the test.

You don't have to take a test to get into an AP class.  You don't have to have an AP class to take the AP test.

If you decide to take any of the tests, it's a good idea to give a practice test at home first, to be certain your son can pass.  Once you are certain he can pass, then you can do some additional study to increase the score. Some  AP teachers suggest that students register for and take both the AP and the SAT Subject test for each class.  That way if kids do poorly on the AP and choose not to report the score to a college, they will still have the (easier) SAT test scores to show for all their hard work.

I think it's a good idea to take a subject test after completing a third year of foreign language.  College that require extra testing will often require it in foreign language more than other areas.

For more information you might want to get a comparison of the high school tests.  I have an audio course that covers SAT, ACT, AP, CLEP, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT and PLAN.  That class, "High School Testing" is also a free bonus if you purchase the Total Transcript Solution or the Comprehensive Record Solution.



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How Early is Too Early for the PSAT?

How Early is Too Early for the PSAT?
Michelle asked: I was wondering if there is a minimum age requirement for the PSAT.  I have students who are interested in taking it earlier than in 10th grade.

Hi Michelle,

The College Board is the company that makes the PSAT, and their website is www.collegeboard.com.  They would love nothing more than having you take the test as many times as possible, because that is the product they are selling.  Students usually take the test in junior year, because that's when it counts for scholarships.  You can take it in the sophomore year for fun, so that you have a better chance at scholarships the following year.  I know that in some parts of the country, a few public schools will actively encourage their students to take it in 9th grade.

Information on the PSAT is here:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

Here is information about what the test contains:
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/prep.html

The test does include some algebra and some geometry.  For that reason, taking the test early may only cause frustration.  If the student simply CAN'T score well, because they don't have the requisite math, then the test will only be an exercise in frustration.  You don't want to put your child into a situation where they will feel badly about a test they will need to take next year or the year afterward.  Taking the test very early can backfire.

Consider your goal for the test.  Do you need a cheap annual assessment?  This may fit the bill, since it's only $13.  Do you want to know how well they will score so you can choose a college?  It may not be an accurate test, because you are measuring the child against students who are much older, so their percentile grade might not represent their score in 2 more years.  Do you want it for SAT practice?  You may get more meaningful practice at home, using SAT prep books where you can TEACH the unknown concepts, instead of test them without teaching.

There may not be anything wrong with taking the PSAT earlier than junior year, but consider what your goals are for the test. What is your reason for taking the test?  Do they have enough math to avoid frustration?  Can you substitute another test that contains subjects they know?  If taking the test will meet your goals, that's fine.  If not, then skip it until 10th or 11th grade.

Taking the test in 9th grade?  Another fine example of how the parents always know best.  The parent is the only one who has ALL the information to make these decisions.  In public schools, their guidance counselor would only have *some* of the information.  In a homeschool, we can look at every side of the issue to decide!  It's very uncommon to take the test in 9th grade, but it does happen.

I hope that helps!


If you need more help with high school tests, I have an audio course that describes them all in detail.  Here is the information about "High School Testing" on audio CD. This audio course is available for free with the purchase of my e-book, "The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts." It's one of the fabulous free bonuses that come with the book!
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Finding a PSAT test location

Finding a PSAT test location
Eva asked: "Out of curiosity, I tried to find a location for the PSAT near us up here at Lake Tapps, Washington.  I left the last two digits of the zip code field blank, and no matter which city name I entered, no locations were found.  If it exists, would there be an advantage to finding a private Christian school which is a PSAT test site?

Eva Gallagher, Alpacas of FairMeadowsFarm.com & SpinAlpaca.com

Hi Eva,
Try searching at this site using "Washington" and scroll down until you see a high school that is nearby.  It may be a few towns over :-)

Some say that there is an advantage in having a private Christian school, because the environment is a little bit nicer.  That may be true, but I would also look for a school that tests BOTH the SAT and the PSAT.  That way your children are testing in the same setting both times, making sure that the PSAT environment is as close as possible to the SAT environment.






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Tracey Pieters in Mexico
Tracey Pieters in Mexico

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.

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

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

Kathy and daughter, Sarah
Kathy and daughter, Sarah

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

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 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 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!

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 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.

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

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

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

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"

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"

Hi Lee, It's been ages since we've spoken, but I have been thinking about our family's homeschool experiences and of course, you came to mind! We would never have changed our decision to homeschool our three daughters, we would, however, signed up as a Gold Care Member, much sooner! This year, we will be attending another University Graduation, as all three of our daughters are receiving their... Read More

Thank you for your resources on the Gold Care Club. I now feel confident that with your help and resources I can do it on my own and make her transcript for her, thanks to you. I feel so supported being able to ask you questions each week.

I was just telling my husband how good it feels to have a coach. He is a realtor and he has a coach too, so he sees the value in it. I look forward to talking to you next week. I have my list going and I will email you with a heads up before I call. Have a great week.

Sheila in California
Sheila in California

Real live samples, like the sample Course Description and Grades and Credits Resource sheet, really clarify things and give homeschoolers a starting point in creating their own, which is very helpful! The “Record Keeping” section was very good too. This topic and the way you present it would be extremely useful for parents new to homeschooling high school. I was impressed by your knowledge... Read More

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 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

I have loved all of your work, ideas, and especially Lee's coaching me through the homeschool transcript and college issues process. You helped daughter get accepted into 11 colleges and helped her get a partial scholarship. You helped us receive guidance for other important college issues, for which we are most appreciative. And thank you, Lee. so very much for your excellent coaching with... 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

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 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

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 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

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

Thank you for your educational website. The Total Transcript Solution has been very helpful! In the last month -- since we found your site -- we have been making changes regarding our record keeping etc. Your other articles have also been beneficial in the planning for future courses, CLEPS and SAT preparation, etc. Thank you for the work that you have done in assisting families in their... Read More

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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. 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!

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

I ran across a story in an article that referenced how much Lee Binz had helped the author with homeschooling high school, so I decided to give her a call. She had a special “Gold Club” membership which included access to her resources, a special email address, and a 20-minute phone consultation with her once a week to pick her brain about any questions or concerns I might have. I decided to... Read More

Jean in North Carolina
Jean in North Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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 just wanted to say 'thank you SO much' once again for all your help and input. I don't know if this adequately expresses how appreciated your wise counsel is and what a help it's been to me. I would be fumbling and procrastinating if I had not ordered your transcript e-book and become a member of your Gold Care Club. I'm so glad my husband said OK to letting me stay on as a member. It's funny... Read More

Ann in Connecticut
Ann in Connecticut

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

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

Your presentation was FABULOUS and fills a GAPING need in the homeschooling community. You teach people how to take their unique homeschooling experience and translate it into a college-prep program. What a gift!! You helped bring clarity and focus to areas that needed attention. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on your college series. I will buy anything you produce!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

"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

The girls applied to various schools' Engineering departments and were accepted to every one. After visiting all schools, they finally decided to accept Florida Institute of Technology's admission offer. They received full tuition scholarships from FIT, including the highest award for Florida Bright Futures. Their transcript and course description documents were extensive, so thank you again... Read More

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

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

You have created such an incredible resource and I'm thrilled to be mentored through these high school years. It's obvious you are a woman of great excellence. I believe you offer so much to the homeschool community and you obviously care deeply about the education of those choosing to educate their children at home.

Pastor Diane in Washington
Pastor Diane in Washington

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 used your transcript & watched your videos on grading, etc! I’m so thankful for your program & information! I would have been so lost without it! I’m happy to report that my son, who is a senior, was admitted to his first choice college & he received a top 4 year scholarship!! That came as a nice surprise! He has received 2 scholarships so far & some the deadlines are approaching. Thank you... Read More