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Challenges for Homeschoolers
Volume 118, Program 23
1/8/2013
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While the SAT and ACT tests can be daunting for anyone, they often pose unique challenges for homeschool students. One of HSLDA’s high school consultants explains what those challenges are and how your student can prepare for them ahead of time. That’s today, on Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith.

Mike Smith:
Diane, what are some unique SAT and ACT test challenges that a homeschooler might face?

Diane Kummer:
Most parents give their teens unlimited time when taking tests in a homeschool setting. So teens are not accustomed to taking timed tests. Parents may want to use free full-length practice tests found on the CollegeBoard and ACT websites to give their teens practice taking the test under timed conditions. Also, most teens haven’t had much practice in writing an essay under timed conditions. The writing process involves brainstorming, organizing ideas, and finally editing the piece. And this process usually occurs over several days or longer. Most of your teen’s writing should follow that process. However, when preparing teens for the SAT or ACT, give them practice writing an essay within a certain time frame. Another unique challenge homeschoolers face is adjusting to a new testing environment. That’s why I recommend that teens take the SAT or ACT at least twice. Scores almost always rise the second time around. Parents can also find test tips on the ACT and CollegeBoard websites.

Mike:
Diane, again, very helpful information, especially to homeschoolers on how we can get ready to take these tests. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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