” More than 900 four year colleges and universities do not use the SAT or ACT to admit a substantial number of bachelor degree applicants.” FairTest.org
We home school because we want the best for our children. Sometimes things upset our plans that we have created for our family and that might mean missing SAT testing. With the outside world putting emphasis on testing, we succumb to thinking that taking the SAT is a HAVE TO. There are other options. Let’s take a look.
My oldest son is on his college journey and he did not take the SAT or ACT. We had to find a solution to what we thought might be an issue.
- COMMUNITY COLLEGE
A majority of community colleges have agreements with the state colleges and universities on transfer students. It is called a Direct Transfer Agreement. That is how he has planned his courses. He is attending South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington. It has been a simple process for him. He filled out an application and I sent them his transcript. He did take placement tests for Math and English and then he enrolled. He is across the country from us which makes it difficult to assist him on his path. Of course he has to keep his grades up and show University of Washington that he will be an assist to their campus. He is home schooled, of course he will. (smile)
- TEST OPTIONAL/FLEXIBLE COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES
What does this mean? Test-flexible allows prospective students to submit scores from exams other than the ACT or SAT, such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate results. Test-optional allows the applicant to submit SAT/ACT scores or not. The school that has adopted this admission policy is looking at merit and accomplishments. Visit Fair Test for a list of colleges and universities that are Test Optional/Flexible.
- DISTANCE LEARNING
We have seen these options advertised such as Southern New Hampshire University or Phoenix but we have been investigating Lumerit aka College Plus and so far they appear to be a great option. They are home school friendly and affordable. I know of at least one family that the program worked wonderfully for their son. Since their experience the program has changed and improved.
- TAKE THE SAT/ACT
If you thought you missed your opportunity for your child to take these test, you haven’t! From what I read, your future college graduate can take the SAT up until they are 21 years old. Go to CollegeBoard.org to find testing dates and times for your area.
In summery your home school student has a few options. They are:
1. COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Jr. College)
2. TEST OPTIONAL/FLEXIBLE COLLEGES AMD UNIVERSITY
3. DISTANCE LEARNING
4. TAKE THE SAT
Let me know what your experience has been without the SAT or ACT. I would love to know.