As high school seniors across the country grapple with a final decision about which college or university to attend this fall, the national media has zeroed in on the issue of home schoolers gaining entrance to college. On February 11, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article describing home schooling success at the high school level and focusing on several home school graduates in college or preparing to start classes (see Press Clippings, page 9).
According to recent statistics from The College Board (SAT publisher) and the American College Testing Program (ACT), home schoolers are exceeding national average test scores on college entrance exams. In 1999, the 2219 students identifying themselves as home schoolers on their SAT test scored an average of 1083 (verbal 548, math 535), 67 points above the national average of 1016. A perfect SAT score is 1600. The 3616 home school students taking the ACT in 1999 scored an average of 22.7, compared to the national average of 21. A perfect ACT score is 36.
School Codes for
In the section that asks for school code, home school students taking the ACT or SAT tests should use the following codes:
Special home school codes are assigned for each state where students took the PSAT exam. A list of these codes can be found on The College Board website at: http://www.collegeboard.org/features/home/html/admpsat.html.
The College Board has also begun developing a variety of online resources for home schoolers taking the SAT and PSAT, or for those preparing for college at: http://www.collegeboard.org/features/home/html/intro.html.