Prep for College Admissions with These Helpful Courses
- As more homeschoolers graduate and enter the job market or the higher education system with great results, colleges and the job marketplace are looking closer at homeschool graduates.
- Some colleges and universities offer special scholarships to homeschoolers.
- You can teach homeschool high school!
- We suggest that you:
- Keep good records–start before 9th grade and choose the academic track subjects. Take the most advanced math courses in high school, and math will be easier to master in college.
- Help your student find his gifting.
- Prepare a “professional” transcript (using a word processing program and a really good printer) or purchase college transcript software.
We highly recommend this book for your homeschool high school students if they plan to attend college.
SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student
Intended for the college-bound Christian student, the lessons in the SAT and College Preparation Course for the Christian Student include:
- A Comprehensive Reading Program
- Intentional Vocabulary Development
- Test-Taking Strategies
- Intentional Faith Building
- Essay Writing
- Preview Sample at the publisher’s website
There are 150 lessons for completion in one to three years, depending on which grade you start the course. Lessons can be assigned to the student. We have three high school students this year and enjoy doing the Scripture Reading and Devotion together. We will also do any of the shorter exercises in the lesson that lend themselves to the small group family setting. For example, some of the critical thinking and math exercises work well.
The SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student is literature-based with a list of suggested books for grades 9-11. Reading great literature helps improve one’s vocabulary and critical reading skills.
Reproducible forms for your own use include a Reading Journal page to be completed for each book your student reads and a Thirty-Minute Prayer Devotional Journal Page with excellent prompts and questions.
My first thought on seeing this book was that it looked intimidating and too hard. Quite the reverse has proven to be true as we put it to use. The format is easy to follow. When high school boys remind you to do these scriptures and devotions, you know they are interesting.
Depending on how you schedule and implement the lessons, you could give course credit as a college prep course or include it as part of your language arts curriculum.
Author Dr. James P. Stobaugh “was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University who holds degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers Universities, and Princeton and Gordon-Conwell seminaries. An experienced teacher, he is a recognized leader in homeschooling and college/SAT preparation. He has published several books for students and teachers. He and his wife, Karen, have homeschooled their four children since 1985.” From the back cover of the book.
Level: High School
ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student
Intended for the college-bound Christian student, there are 50 lessons in the ACT and College Preparation Course for the Christian Student.
Your student will learn:
- Exercises to hone skills in English, math, reading and science
- Techniques to strengthen your essay skills for the optional writing portion of the exam
- Test-taking tips
- Reading, vocabulary development, and comprehension challenges to develop critical thinking
- A test-day schedule to help you reduce stress
- Preview Sample at the publisher’s website.
Your student can choose to do the fifty lessons over a school year or to do one a day for 10 weeks.
The ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student is literature-based with a list of suggested books for grades 9-11. Reading great literature helps improve one’s vocabulary and critical reading skills.
Level: High School, suggested for grade 11
A Little About the SAT and ACT
You can register online or ask them to mail forms.
You may want to check out calculators–one can use SAT approved calculators on the test. Most of them show on the labels which are SAT approved.
You can use the info on the PSAT scores to focus on certain areas to help raise scores.
Sometimes if the SAT scores are just a little higher, you can qualify for better scholarships. It is not hard to raise them around 50-100 points if you take time to look at the test scores and see which areas could be improved.
- ACT Assessment Homepage I also recommend that college-bound students also take the ACT. For scholarship/admission purposes if one does significantly better on the ACT and the college accepts it, you can possibly access more scholarship funds. Some homeschoolers do better on one or the other.
One trend we have noticed is that some colleges are allowing students with good grades to write essays instead of submitting SAT or ACT scores. Three of our children were admitted to college this way. It goes along with the trend that colleges are creating their own placement tests. Incoming students are required to take the placement tests in English and college math or algebra. I’ve also seen instances when the students are tested on computer skills and a foreign language.