PSAT, SAT, and ACT college tests, and what homeschoolers need to study and practice to achieve high scores on these college entrance exams. Results of homeschoolers’ scores on past ACT tests.
ACT Assessment Test Dates
The basic fee for the ACT Assessment, which includes reports for you, your high school, and up to four college choices, is $28.00 in the United States.
SAT: Calendar and Fees
These come up fast! Prepare to take these through a local high school, public or private. Contact them in early September. You may have to pay a slight fee ($15 – 20).
The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.
|U.S. and Canada Registration Deadlines|
|Test||Regular Registration Deadline
|Oct. 3, 2015||SAT & Subject Tests||Sept. 3, 2015 Send Reminder|
|Nov. 7, 2015||SAT & Subject Tests||Oct. 9, 2015 Send Reminder|
|Dec. 5, 2015||SAT & Subject Tests||Nov. 5 2015 Send Reminder|
|Jan. 23, 2016||SAT & Subject Tests||Dec. 28, 2015 Send Reminder|
|Mar. 8, 2016||SAT only||Feb. 5, 2016 Send Reminder|
|May 7, 2016||SAT & Subject Tests||Apr. 8, 2016 Send Reminder|
|Jun. 4, 2016||SAT & Subject Tests||May 5, 2016 Send Reminder|
SAT II: Subject Tests Calendar
Not every subject is given on every test date, so check this site way ahead of time.
Books about College Entrance Tests
A Guide to APs and SAT Subject Tests with Tips for Homeschoolers and Accelerated Learners
by Sharon Lee
Are you a high school student trying to decide on college prep courses? Are you a parent wondering about APs and how they affect your student’s high school and college plans? Do you find the lists of SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams confusing and don’t know where to start? Are you homeschooling through high school and need resources for tackling college prep work and the details about how to register for testing? This reference will guide you through the ins and outs of AP exams and SAT Subject Tests. How do I choose which tests to take? When should the tests be taken? What resources can I use to prepare for tests? What is the difference between an AP and SAT Subject Test, and should I take one or both? Are there special rules for homeschoolers or pre-high school students? Are there online AP course providers? You will also find overviews of the SAT, ACT, PSAT and CLEP tests.
ACT vs SAT: Key differences between the ACT and SAT
ACT vs SAT: which test is a better fit for your student? Students may take whichever test they prefer (assuming there are available testing locations for both tests). If you’re not sure which test your child would prefer, consider the key differences between the ACT and SAT. Some students find that the ACT caters to their strengths more so than the SAT, and vice versa.
NCAA Homes School Information
For NCAA purposes, ask yourself these questions, which may help you determine whether your schooling would be considered home school or through “nontraditional” means. The NCAA definition for nontraditional courses includes courses taken online with online teachers, assessments and grading.
2014 Best ACT/SAT Preparation Software Comparisons and Reviews
These applications are inexpensive, especially considering the cost of personal tutoring services and online ACT and SAT prep courses. The best desktop software includes practice tests, tutoring, lessons and exam tips.
ACT Test Results For Homeschoolers vs All Test Takers
ACT test results are consistently higher for homeschoolers than the composite for the average college entrance test taker.
Test – The ACT
This test is designed to assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.
Taking the ACT Outside the 50 United States
Students must register directly with the supervisor of the test center where they wish to test, not with ACT and not via the Web. The deadline date for contacting the test center is the Friday two weeks before the scheduled test date.
Test – Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement Tests
Whether you’re studying an AP subject at school, or doing it on your own, the College Board has a wide variety of resources to help you.
Test – PSAT/NMSQT
Test provides homeschooled students a chance to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship programs. Page includes all the states’ school codes for Section 6a, and sample of how to fill out the “School” form when you homeschool.
8 of Oregon’s elite National Merit semi-finalists are homeschoolers
Nicole Mowery, 17, of Eugene says being home schooled by her mother all her life probably helped her do well on the test. Five of the other top-scoring home-schooled students live in the Portland area, in Hillsboro, Beaverton and North Plains. They are Matthew Krishnan Myjak, Sophia Michael, Alyssa Scofield, Maryann Valerio and Elise Yoder. One, James Kennedy, lives in Hood River and another, Rig Freyr, lives in coastal Warrenton.
PSAT/NMSQT Codes for Home-Schooled Students
The College Board has state codes for homeschoolers taking their tests. Codes also for those in Puerto Rico and US Territories, as well as outside the USA. Homeschoolers will need these codes when they take the PSAT. Find and copy yours, and take with you to the test.
Test – SAT I and II
- Where do I call for sites near me? 1-609-771-7600 between 8 a.m. and 8:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, eastern time.
- What code do I put for my homeschool high school? 970000
(Scores will be sent to your home address. It will say “Schooled at Home, New York, NY.” [That is the college board’s address.] When it appears on the registration is just says Schooled At Home, with no geographic location.)
- When are the next SATs? Check here.
About the SAT and Subject Tests
The College Board answers all your questions and even has online registration for the SATs.
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SAT Question of the Day
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College Board page on how to prepare yourself for the SAT tests.