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No More Penalty for Guessing on the SAT

No More Penalty for Guessing on the SAT
No More Penalty for Guessing on the SAT Is your child taking the SAT this spring?  I have good news, as of the spring of 2016, the SAT no longer has a penalty for guessing.They used to calculate the number of correct answers and subtract 1/4 point for incorrect answers. In other words, a wrong answer used to hurt more than leaving the answer blank. Now, students receive one point for each correct answer, and zero points for...
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Guest — S Dean
Lee, I am teaching a SAT prep class at our homeschool co-op this year and have been learning quite a bit in the process. I don't... Read More
Sunday, 10 November 2013 13:15
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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!Is your child studying for the SAT or ACT? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!Get general strategies and study tips for all the major...
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Economics for Beginners

Economics for Beginners
My son has a degree in Political Economy, and has loved economics since he was a child. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Economics for Beginners When he was younger, my economics-loving son enjoyed the Penny Candy books in the Uncle Eric Series, written by Richard Maybury. These books come from a free market perspective and are politically conservative/libertarian. Many people use...
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Lee Binz
Thanks Deanna! I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:51
Deanna Pathio
What great-looking resources. I had no idea what to do with economics till I read this post. Thank you!
Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:37
Guest — Ashley
My son is a rising senior who is planning to major in Economics. We used Economics in a Box (used in by My Father's World) and LO... Read More
Monday, 18 May 2015 05:11
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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...
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We used the Institute for Excellence in Writing Advanced Communication Series, plus 501 Writing Prompts, among other things. I *lo... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:21
Guest — Ann
We used The Teaching Company (The Great Courses) "How To Be A Superstar Student" VHS with my two older sons in junior high school,... Read More
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 05:26
Guest — Kristine
I made the decision to give credit for this after reading your Setting the Record Straight book (which is excellent, btw!). My da... Read More
Monday, 17 October 2011 10:11
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PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015

PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015
There are big changes coming to the PSAT and SAT this fall. Are you ready?This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. PSAT and SAT change Fall 2015 The PSAT and SAT change will affect children who are starting junior year in 2015. The changes will start with the new format PSAT in October. Then the SAT test will change in the spring...
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Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?

Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?
In this video, I discuss whether the SAT and ACT are required for high school graduation. For personal support join the Gold Care Club! If you subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?

How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?
In this video, I talk about how to prove to the colleges that your child's homeschool education is rigorous. Here are a couple of brief articles that will give you more info on registering for the SAT and ACT tests. This one has links for waivers from the testing sites: Click on "Register" or "Registration":  Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications This one has links to Sample tests:  Should I Choose the SAT or ACT for...
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The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades

The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades
In this video, I talk about the difference between grades you give on tests and grades you put on your homeschool transcript. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Take CLEP when you are DONE

Take CLEP when you are DONE
 It's helpful to take the CLEP test when you are "done" with a subject - the problem is knowing what "done" means.Rachel asked, " I am wondering if it could make sense to take the CLEP on a subject right after the student has successfully completed it, rather than waiting until the last year of high school and taking several then.  Are there any disadvantages to this method (taking them as the subjects are "completed") that...
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Guest — J W
LOL, that's pretty bad. Thanks, Lee!
Friday, 13 July 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
To find a location for the CLEP, contact CollegeBoard.com - the same people who do SAT, AP, and SAT Subject Tests. This is the loc... Read More
Friday, 13 July 2012 07:46
Guest — J W
Dumb question - where does the student take the CLEP tests and who do we contact?
Thursday, 12 July 2012 17:46
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Transcripts for the Rest of Us!

Transcripts for the Rest of Us!
It’s not too hard to create a stellar transcript for a student that excels in all they do, but what about the more average student who struggles in certain areas, and may be a little reluctant to learn?  How do you make their transcript look acceptable without any stretching of the truth?Usually the first thing I suggest when I consult with somebody in this situation is to figure out what your child does for fun. There...
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Deciding on SAT Subject Tests

Deciding on SAT Subject Tests
Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay.  The SAT Subject Tests are required by SOME colleges, but not all. So here is what you need to do:1. Find out what colleges you are applying to (or the college you *may* apply to)2. Find out what tests they require for admission3. Take the tests if they require them.Virtually ALL colleges will accept either the SAT or...
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Three Reasons for High School Testing

Three Reasons for High School Testing
Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay.  Don't you just wish sometimes people would tell you EXACTLY what tests a high school student needs to take?  Unfortunately, it's not that easy!The number and type of tests depend on the college your student may attend.  Some will require certain tests, or allow other tests, or encourage or discourage community college classes.  Sadly, that means no pat...
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What do PSAT Scores Mean?

What do PSAT Scores Mean?
 What do PSAT Scores Mean?When your child takes the PSAT in October, you will get the results in December. If you just received your PSAT scores, you may want to know what those scores really mean. You can get more information here: College Board® Score Reporthttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/scores/report.htmlFor more information, these reports will help.Understanding 2011 PSAT/NMSQT Scores (pdf/870.7K)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/understanding-psat-nmsqt-scores.pdfSample PSAT/NMSQT Student Score Report (pdf/1.46M)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sample-psat-nmsqt-student-score-report.pdfWhen your child takes the PSAT next year, be sure to register your child as a...
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I signed up my son to take the PSAT/ NMSQT at our local high school. They only wrote his name on a sheet of paper. Will he fill ou... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Krissy, You will give more info on the day of the test. In her article Two Weeks to the PSAT Lee says, "When the student fill... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:50
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Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"

Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"
 Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"I'm so pleased to have the Institute for Excellence in Writing participate with this free webinar for homeschoolers. In it, I will explain the SAT and ACT. Then Andrew Pudewa will discuss how to teach essay writing for those tests. It will be a real meat-and-potatoes class filled with useable information, and I hope you can join us!Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Amy, Here is the link for the webinar that Andrew has already recorded http://excellenceinwriting.adobeconnect.com/p54pt2y... Read More
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:36
Guest — Amy
Lee, I would love to listen as I have a son taking the ACT this spring, but will not be home Monday night. Can I download it and ... Read More
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:42
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Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

Classics that can Raise SAT Scores
 Hi Lee,One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank you for...
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Guest — D. M. Rutledge
Hi Lee! You have been quoted as saying, "Homeschool families tend to focus on the classics and colleges like to see that kids have... Read More
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Deanna, In her article College Bound Reading List, Lee talks gives examples of a wide variety of classic and contemporary lit... Read More
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:58
Guest — Cheri Frame
Lee, thanks for the ideas. I have not used these books, but look forward to it!
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56
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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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