Category Archive: Testing

Test Day Tips

Standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, and AP are becoming increasingly important for homeschool students. It can be easy to become anxious about sending your student into an unfamiliar setting to take tests that can have a big influence on college admissions and scholarships. Of course, having a strong academic foundation and doing appropriate …

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Homeschool AP Science Options

Is your homeschooler a strong science student? If so, AP sciences may be a a good option to consider. Science APs are considered among the harder of the Advanced Placement tests which means they are also among the APs most likely to be awarded college credit. AP Science Homeschool APs are intended to function as …

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SAT Myths for Homeschoolers

Myth 1: Homeschoolers score better than public school students Fact 1: Homeschoolers may score a bit higher on the SAT, but this can be easily overstated. Some of the research that really played up the idea that homeschoolers score higher was poorly constructed research. Homeschoolers who are not bound for college may not take the …

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ACT Myths for Homeschoolers

Myth 1: Homeschoolers score worse on the ACT. This belief comes from a time when the SAT was more a test of aptitude and the ACT was a test of acheivement.  People believed homeschoolers would perform more poorly on a test of acheivement because their curriculum may be different than what is covered in public …

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Test Day Disasters

ACT, SAT, PSAT, APs, CLEP, and SAT subject tests:  For most students, these scores matter a great deal for college admissions and for scholarships. Often college admissions officers put very limited stock in homeschool GPAs so test scores may weigh even more heavily for homeschoolers. In a perfect world, every time a student takes one …

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No Credit for APs at Selective Colleges: Myth or Fact?

One bit of common wisdom I’ve heard repeated again and again is that Advanced Placement test scores will not be meaningful for students enrolling in highly selective colleges. The idea is that these institutions do not recognize APs as having importance and will not reward students with good AP marks with course credit or placement. …

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ACT Superscoring

One of the most common questions parents ask about testing is, “should my homeschooler take the ACT or the SAT?” In some parts of the country this is a fairly new question as there was a strong regional preference for the SAT or the ACT. These regional variations have disappeared now and both tests are …

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Superscoring May Benefit Your Homeschooler

Some colleges admissions offices will use a practice called superscoring as they consider an applicant’s SAT scores.  Superscoring combines subtest scores from different test dates and calculates them to the student’s best advantage. So, a student will be able to use their best math, reading, and writing score for multiple test dates to combine for …

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Skipping the SAT or ACT: Test Optional Colleges

One reason many parents cite for homeschooling is escaping the current emphasis on high stakes testing in K-12 public education.  This freedom from testing pressure comes to a screeching halt for many students when it is time to take the SAT or ACT.  This can be particularly problematic for students who have test anxiety, undiagnosed …

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