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Presentation outlining the basic college preparation step for homeschoolers considering applying to selective colleges.

Presentation outlining the basic college preparation step for homeschoolers considering applying to selective colleges.

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  • 1. From Homeschool to College Preparation for Applying to Selective Colleges
  • 2. ACADEMIC RIGOR STANDARDIZED TESTING RECOMMENDATIONS HOMESCHOOL RECORDKEEPING Contents 4 1 3 2
  • 3. • Take college preparatory classes, not just the classes required for high school graduation. – Studies show that taking rigorous college prep courses in high school is the most important predictor of college success – You must know your limit. Do not jeopardize your GPA because you took too many higher level classes. – Some homeschool coops offer AP classes. If you can’t find any, have your student take some community college classes. • Colleges look favorably upon students who take more rigorous courses, provided the student did well. • Academic planning should start early by creating a 4- year academic plan. Academic Rigor
  • 4. College Prep Coursework Four years of English Four years of Mathematics Three years of a single Foreign Language Two to three years of Social Studies Two Years of laboratory Science (bio/phy) Three years of Electives Four to five academic courses per year
  • 5. • There are three main college entrance exams that colleges consider in their admissions process: – SAT I – ACT – SAT II Subject Exams • AP exams with high scores are also looked upon favorably. – The student is not required to take an AP course in order to take the AP exam. – Structure course around the content of the exam. • SAT II Subject Exams – Many selective colleges require 3 SAT II exams of homeschoolers. • Mathematics plus 2 other subjects of the student’s choosing. • They’re used to provide an objective assessment of academic knowledge in a variety of subjects. Standardized Testing
  • 6. • When deciding whether to take the SAT or the ACT, keep in mind that they require different kinds of skills – Also, some colleges prefer one over the other • SAT I: Contains a lot of smokescreens – The SAT is a reasoning based test – Contains 3 sections: Reading, Writing and Mathematics – The SAT penalizes for wrong answers – Mostly multiple choice with some fill-in and an essay in the Writing section • ACT: Is more straightforward, but requires students to speed through the test – The ACT is a curriculum based test – Contains 4 sections: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science with an optional Writing section – The ACT does NOT penalize for wrong answers – Multiple choice test SAT I and ACT
  • 7. • Will need a recommendation from the regular homeschool teacher (parent in most cases) • In cases where the parent is the primary teacher, try to get a second recommendation from an objective source – Try to plan a course that will allow your student to interact with another teacher – Community college teacher, coop teacher, tutor, etc. • This is very important for homeschoolers because the parent recommendation lacks the objectivity of a conventional teacher who is able to compare your student with other students he or she may have taught. Recommendations
  • 8. To prepare for applying to selective colleges, prepare a homeschool dossier that includes the following: • Statement regarding why you chose to homeschool and an explanation of your homeschool philosophy – This is required on the Common Application Homeschool Supplement as well • Detailed syllabi for all courses that includes the following: – Course description – Name of textbooks used – Grading requirements • Reading List – Comprehensive list of the books and texts read through the high school years, including novels, textbooks and other sources Homeschool Records
  • 9. • Writing sample – Many universities request a writing sample. – Make sure that some of the student’s major writing projects are being saved. – They should preferably be academic and expository in nature • Transcripts – If you do not belong to an umbrella school or organization that will provide you with a transcript, then you will need to create your own – Include ALL high school level coursework, even if taken prior to the high school years – Be sure to include term GPAs as well as a cumulative GPA on the transcript – All colleges require a transcript Homeschool Records Cont.