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How to Estimate Grades in Classes Without Tests

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Not every class has tests, but every class on your transcript should have a final grade. Teachers in schools need tests to evaluate 30 children at a t...
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How to Put Test Prep on the Transcript

How to Put Test Prep on the Transcript
When your child is working hard on studying for the SAT or ACT, you may be accumulating enough hours to make this a class, and put it on the transcrip...
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Lee Binz
I'm so glad to help, Cindi! I figure if a student is just doing a little test prep, then adding it to your English class makes sen... Read More
Monday, 12 March 2018 17:40
Cindi Goertz
This was very helpful--and timely as our daughter just took the SAT and has logged many hours in prep for that as well as the PSAT... Read More
Sunday, 11 March 2018 13:05
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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...
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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....
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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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Test Prep Like Marathon Training

Test Prep Like Marathon Training
Preparing for the SAT or ACT Test is Like Training for a Marathon.  Figure out which race you can win. Choose between the SAT or ACT test, to see which one makes your child look smarter. Study for just one test. They aren't really the same, and it takes a couple of months to study for one specific test over the other. Studying for both at the same time, especially close to the test date, can...
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Guest — Lee
For Saxon Advanced Math, that's often listed as 1/2 credit geometry and 1 credit pre-calculus. Unless you did a separate geometry ... Read More
Sunday, 08 February 2015 08:01
Guest — Robin
Hi Lee, Thank you so much for reminding us to focus on one test at at time. It is so easy to get caught up in a testing frenzy! ... Read More
Saturday, 07 February 2015 12:39
Guest — Lee
Nikki, Thanks so much for letting us know the links didn't work! We'll get that fixed up in a jiffy. Here are those links for you... Read More
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:49
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When Testing Can Help

When Testing Can Help
In this video, I describe some situations when testing can benefit your homeschool. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Take the SAT Right On Time

Take the SAT Right On Time
Taking the SAT Right on Time Junior year is a VERY busy year, with lots of moving parts.  Taking the PSAT, SAT and ACT, studying for the tests, visiting colleges ...  it can all be overwhelming!  Elise asked me a question about taking tests in junior year, and exactly when it's "too late" for the SAT.I so appreciate all your books, classes, etc and just wanted to ask if there's any disadvantage to taking the SAT in June...
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SAT Entirely in Aramaic?

SAT Entirely in Aramaic?
High school testing is a subject that interests many of my clients. There is something about seeing an acronym of letters that makes homeschooling parents nervous. Never fear! Prepping for and taking the SAT is not a scary thing.  Today Jennifer Karan, Executive Director of the SAT Program at CollegeBoard.com shares more reasons why we should lower our misconceptions of the SAT. Three Misconceptions about the SATBy: Jennifer Karan, Executive Director of SAT Program at the College Board®Though...
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You asked about strange ideas I've heard about the SAT? Back when the College Board first introduced the essay component, I heard... Read More
Friday, 19 October 2012 02:05
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When should you take the PSAT and SAT?

When should you take the PSAT and SAT?
Lee, I just read your article on testing, but I still have a doubt. My son will be going to Community College Dual Enrollment next year. He is a sophomore right now. Do you recommend taking the SAT this year or not? I didn't do the PSAT this year, and I'm sorry about it, but I was thinking on doing SAT instead of the regular testing. Is that a good idea or should I just have...
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Lee, I was told that my local public schools take the PSAT in 7th and 8th grades, and if a student scores well in a subject area, ... Read More
Monday, 31 May 2010 20:06
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Homeschool Testing - How Much Weight?

Homeschool Testing - How Much Weight?
How much weight should you give to a homeschool test?  As much as you like!I really learned tons from your seminar.  I especially used your "example" transcript - that was valuable for reasons I wouldn't of thought of until I was in the middle of creating one for our oldest.  Is 25% of the grade weighted to tests (math, science) appropriate?~ Carla in Washington Dear Carla,Here is my homeschool transcript online.  Here is a sample of...
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CLEP and AP - What is the Difference?

CLEP and AP - What is the Difference?
 Can you share info about CLEP vs. AP?  Which do colleges like to see more.  What is the difference?  I am totally confused.  Thanks.~ Chris in IndianaDear Chris,CLEP and AP are both college level subject tests.  Some colleges will accept AP but not CLEP, some colleges will accept CLEP but not AP.  Some colleges accept both and some don't like either one!  So you can't really say which one colleges in general like more, because colleges...
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PSAT and SAT Prep: Practice, Rinse, Repeat

PSAT and SAT Prep: Practice, Rinse, Repeat
Even good test takers need practice.  If your child doesn't take tests well, then practice becomes even more important.  Susan asked me a question about how to prepare her son for the PSAT test.Lee,I have purchased your materials when you were at the homeschool fair in Bothell last year.  My son is a sophomore. He is very analytical and logical which is good since he wants to be a computer programmer. The problem is that he...
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Guest — Tammy
While searching for some good stuff online, came across a site examville.com, Their standardized practice tests section is good... Read More
Monday, 30 March 2009 03:09
Guest — Lee
Hi again! That particular book is now called "Cracking the SAT" and it's also wonderful. It doesn't have as many practice tests, ... Read More
Thursday, 05 February 2009 12:11
Guest — J W
If that's the Princeton Review's main product for the SAT, they must have re-done the vintage (OK, OK, "old!") book. I remember t... Read More
Thursday, 05 February 2009 11:35
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Bright but Bored?

Bright but Bored?
Is your student very bright but bored?Homeschool parents can test the level of the student in each subject.  The standardized tests help (Iowa Basic, CAT test, or any of the others.)  Is the student at grade level?  Above grade level and bored?  Or below level and frustrated?  Using a math placement test can help.  I recommend Saxon for math placement.Once you know what level, then you can make sure their curriculum is at their level all...
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One word of caution, though - just because a child scores at a college freshman level on a standardized test doesn't mean he or sh... Read More
Friday, 24 October 2008 07:50
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Keeping Your College Options Open

Keeping Your College Options Open
Lee,My son who is a junior this year has not expressed interest in going on to college, therefore, I haven't pursued the things necessary to do that, such as psat tests…Now my husband and I realize we should have followed the same path as if he did want to go, "just in case" he changes his mind.  It is now too late for me to sign up for this October's psat, do you have any advice? ...
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Guest — Lori Barrett
Just a note about ROTC - you have to apply for ROTC scholarships - you don't get free college just by being in the program. I was... Read More
Saturday, 13 August 2011 08:34
Guest — J W
Princeton Review's materials ROCK. I did way better on the SAT than I had on the PSAT because of their books.
Friday, 10 October 2008 19:50
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