The online homeschool student and the SAT Exam

Across the country, online homeschool juniors and seniors are preparing to take the SAT or ACT.  Here are a few ways for hour homeschool online student to be more successful with results.  Please note that homeschooling online has significantly helped SAT results.  Test taking is not as scary, and students feel more prepared and more self-confidant.

1. Don’t pick a test based on where you live: Online homeschool students on the West and East Coasts typically take the SAT. In the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states, homeschooling students generally take the ACT, which is more dominant, while online high school students in the South tend to split their allegiance between the two

2. Select the test that plays to your strengths: Online homeschoolers who tend to earn high ACT scores have a strong memory, are fast readers, and can process information quickly. In contrast, online high school students who ace the SAT tend to be strong readers, possess strong vocabularies, and enjoy test-taking strategies.

3. Take a practice test: You will form a better idea of how well you might fare on either test if you take sample SAT and ACT tests. Sample SAT tests are available on the College Board website.

4. Use online test prep services or other services: There are lots of online resources that are free or modestly priced for prepping for the tests. Here are three that I like: Grockit, Number2.com, and ePrep.  At Christian Educators Academy, we highly recommend collegeprepgenius.com.  This course has proven results!

5. Apply to test-optional schools: If your ACT and/or SAT scores aren’t good, don’t despair. There are more than 830 colleges and universities that are test-optional. These schools don’t use test scores to admit substantial numbers of students.

6. Decide whether your SAT or ACT scores are better: If you end up taking the SAT and ACT, you probably won’t know which scores are the best to submit to colleges. The highest ACT score you can earn is 36 versus 2400 for the SAT. To compare scores, use the SAT-ACT Concordance Tables on the College Board website.

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