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5/17/2006 3:12:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Act Now for PSAT Registration

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May 17, 2006

Virginia--Act Now for PSAT Registration

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Call your local public high school immediately if you want your
student to take the PSAT through the public school system this fall.

Under a law that goes into effect July 1, public school systems are
required to allow homeschool students to take the PSAT test. Local
registration policies may vary, however, especially as they adjust to
the new law this year. Your student should not be charged a higher fee
than a local public school student in any event.

Some schools may require that you contact them as early as May so they
can order the appropriate number of tests. Others may allow you to
contact them as late as September. Find out your local school
system's policy to avoid disappointment. Some private schools will
allow homeschool students to take the test along with their own
students.

In addition to giving students a foretaste of the SAT college
admission test, the PSAT is the gateway to the National Merit Scholar
program. Some colleges offer very generous scholarships to students
who become "finalists" (about the top 2%). A student's PSAT score is
never sent to colleges, however.

The PSAT will be administered this year on October 18 and October 21.
Eleventh-graders who take the test are eligible to be considered in
the National Merit Scholar program. Younger students sometimes take
the test for diagnostic purposes to help the parents evaluate the
student's progress.

AP tests in various subjects are administered in May of each year.
Contact your local public or private school no later than March 1 to
register. Many colleges offer full or partial college credit for
students who score high enough on the rigorous, three-hour test.
Because the AP tests are demanding and uniform across the nation, many
colleges esteem them as evidence of a student's ability to do
college-level work. Students typically take a full year AP subject
course (many are available online) to prepare for the test.

Sincerely Yours,
Scott A. Woodruff

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