Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 33: What Testing? Why Testing?

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HSHSP What Testing? Why Testing? What kinds of college prep or other tests do homeschool high schoolers need to think about?

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 33: What Testing? Why Testing?

Oh the Stressing!

Each year when Vicki served as a homeschool high school academic advisor, she would get questions about:

  • Which tests must your homeschool highschooler be thinking about?
  • Must every teen test?
  • Can my teen get into college without testing?

Answers: There are several college entrance exams. Check with the college (look on their website) to see which they prefer. Usually, they prefer SAT or ACT but may accept some of the newer ones. Some colleges these days do not need a test score. Community colleges usually only use testing scores for placement, not for entrance.

What are the different options?

  • SATs? College entrance exam.
  • PSATs? Practice SAT
  • PSAT 10s? The name changes but it is a practice, practice SAT.
  • PSAT 8/9s? The name changes but it is a practice, practice, practice SAT.
  • ACTs? College entrance exam
  • APs? After completing an AP course, an AP test can be taken for possible college credit.
  • CLEPs? It is a specific knowledge exam. If sufficient score is earned, some colleges accept it as credit.
  • Terra Novas? Achievement test. For your own information (some states require it). Not college entrance exam.

These are some of the options available for college-bound teens. If your teen isn’t college bound, why bother? They serve no useful purpose (except the Terra Novas, if you want that information for yourself).

Vicki and Kym share what each of these options are for and why (or why not) your specific homeschool high school student may want or need to participate.

Listen in and also take a look at this authoritative guide to homeschooling high school for a good overview of high school goals.

Join Vicki and Kym for an honest discussion what’s out there for your teens in high school.

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Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 33: What Testing? Why Testing?


Vicki Tillman

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