If you are homeschooling a high schooler, you probably realize that college testing season will be here before you know it, and as a homeschool parent you may be concerned about how to best prep your homeschool child for the ACT or SAT. Homeschool parents are typically the sole person responsible for their child’s education so this can make testing season rather stressful. You may wonder if you taught everything your child needs to know, and if your child isn’t used to standardized testing you may wonder if they are fully prepared to take the tests.
There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your child for the ACT or SAT.
Prepare now for testing season
Students who study ahead of time tend to score higher on these tests because they walk in feeling confident and prepared.
You can find study test packets here:
There are also free practice tests online:
Consider allowing your child to take the PSAT in their early years of high school. This will give them an idea of what they need to focus on and will gauge their preliminary scores.
Not everyone tests their homeschoolers and that’s fine. However, if you have a child in high school that you know is going to take college placement exams in a few years, test them now to prepare them for the big test later. This will allow them to gain confidence in their test-taking abilities and will make them less nervous when it comes time to prep for college placement.
Be confident in your abilities as a teacher
Homeschoolers have an advantage when it comes to college entrance exams because they can turn preparation into daily lessons. Studying for the test can become the school, after all, they will be focusing on reading, writing, and math while prepping to take the test.
Homeschoolers tend to turn out great scores on these exams, and consistently score higher than their public school counterparts. In 2002 and 2003 the average homeschooled students ACT score was 22.5 compared to the national average of 20.8. In 2002 the average homeschooled students SAT score was 72 points higher than the national average.