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High School Testing Resources

High School Resources
The Pre-ACT is available and information can be found on the website https://www.act.org. It is administered by high schools. I am not aware of any high schools in SC that do administer this test. I just wanted you to know it exists and if you are interested in the test, you can learn more on the website and by contacting your local high school guidance counselor. According to the website, it allows a student to practice using a shortened version of the ACT.
High School Resources
The website is https://www.act.org. There is information for parents and students and counselors. Since you are your school's counselor and you can sign up for information and use the tools provided for counselors. I do recommend reviewing the information provided for counselors. However, I am the only person who can order testing materials and information including fee waivers. The online Counselor's Tool Kit has helpful resources to help you guide your student. There are resources by class that provide lists of what to do when for sophomores, juniors and seniors. You can sign up for the Counselor's Newsletter and you can download the Counselor's Guide. the current guide is for this past school year so you will want to check the Counselor's Tool Kit in a few months for updated information on test dates and test prep. This page has a list of the test dates and deadlines for 2019 - 2020. Free test prep is available to all students through the ACT Academy. This is a link to all the free test prep available from ACT https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html#free. It has links to free webinars, a free pdf study guide, question of the day and practice tests for each subject. Additional test prep through ACT/KAPLAN can be purchased. If a student qualifies for a fee waiver, some of the additional test prep is free. Free ACT practice tests can also be found on the Prep Scholar website. To find out if your student qualifies for a fee waiver review the information on this flyer. Once again, this information is for the 2018 - 2019 school year but the general information remains the same. If your student qualifies and plans to take the ACT this year, even if it is in the spring, please let me know so I can order one now.
High School Resources
Information on the Classical Learning Test can be found at https://www.cltexam.com. I have no experience with this exam. All information is provided directly to the student or parent and school counselors are not involved in the process. There is a CLT8 and a CLT 10 as well. The CLT is an online test; it is of much shorter duration; and the student gets same day results. It is not accepted at all colleges. The website does have links to everything you need to know including what colleges accept test scores and practice tests.
High School Resources
Information can be found at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.The PSAT is created by the College Board but homeschooled students usually register through their local high school. Some support groups or co-ops do offer PSAT testing to their members. Most schools do not charge for the test but you will need to contact their guidance office now because they order the test in the spring or summer. Each school has their own process. You may be able to find a private school that will allow your student to take the test with their students. Each school sets their policies and decides if they will accept a homeschooled student to be tested. The test is usually administered on the third Wednesday of October, but there is an alternate and Saturday test option. I don't know any schools that use the Saturday or alternate test day so if you want to use one of those options, you will have to do some research. The test is generally administered in 10th grade as a practice test and 11th grade to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship (NMS). Some students take the test in other grades to qualify for programs like Duke TIP and SC Junior Scholars. If for some reason your student is not able to take the PSAT, SAT test scores can often be used. One test prep program actually recommends that students take the SAT in the fall before they take the PSAT! I don't know if that is wise or not. Dates and deadlines can be found at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/k12-educators/psat-nmsqt-dates. June 28th is an important deadline for ordering so if you have not contacted your school, you may want to do that today.
High School Resources
Information on the SAT can be found at https://www.collegeboard.org. Your student will need to create an account and you may want to create one as well. The page for students to find information, register, take practice tests, sign up for an email newsletter, etc. is https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat. The page for educators that has many helpful links is https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/educators/k-12. You cannot gain access to score reports but you can find links for test dates and deadlines, concordance tables that compare the old and new SAT or the ACT and SAT test scores, information on fee waivers, and more. The College Board has partnered with Kahn Academy to offer free test prep. Students can access full-length practice tests at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests. The official test prep practice page is https://www.khanacademy.org/sat?utm_source=btp-lp&utm_medium=cb418-lp-b2&utm_campaign=btp Counselor information on using test prep is at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/official-sat-practice?affiliateId=17-WP-Brand-00670-919&bannerId=practice-educators There are also free counselor workshops and webinars that you can attend to learn more about the tests https://counselors.collegeboard.org.