Preparing For College: Helping Your Home-Based Learner Ace The ACT

The homeschooling movement continues to grow in the U.S. as a report notes that there are about 1.5 million homeschooled children in the country. As more people have found that there’s a better way to learn outside the classroom, many households are now choosing to homeschool their children until the time that they’re ready for a college education

photo-1509062522246-3755977927d7 If you and your teenage child are now looking at colleges and doing concrete steps to prepare for this new chapter, then it’s important to spend some time to prepare your child to take standardized tests for college admissions such as the SAT and ACT. Being adequately prepared to take these tests is one of the most important first steps to take if your child is about to pursue a college education. According to a 2004 survey of more than 50 colleges, 74.5% of them placed a high importance on the ACT or SAT scores for homeschooled students. But why should homeschoolers take them at all, and how can a good grade help them succeed in college?

Benefits of taking the ACT

A homeschooler who does well on the ACT proves that he or she knows as much as any traditionally schooled student who scored in the same range. Even better, if a homeschooled student gets an above average score, it shows colleges that the student may be a good candidate. Being able to do well on this exam can also give an incoming freshman student confidence as a good score can help to make one feel prepared to take on the challenges of college life. Here are some tips to help your homeschooler prepare for the ACT.

Take a practice test

Taking free Math, English, and Science ACT practice quizzes can help a homeschooled learner prepare to take the actual exams. It’s also a good idea to do a practice test on the essay and reading section to cover all bases before taking the test. Have your child take the practice tests in a quiet place in your home and remove distractions in the room such as cell phones or other gadgets. Time each section, check the test and go over the answers to see where your teenager can improve on.

Create a study plan

Apart from studying current lessons, your child should also devote some time to studying for the ACT. Based on the practice test scores, you can help your teenager figure out which section to spend more time on to do well on the actual exam. Create a study schedule and set goals that your child should meet—for instance, he or she can study at least an hour each day prior to taking the ACT. Doing so also helps your child develop good study habits that will benefit your teen in college.

Follow these tips to help your home-based learner prepare for the ACT. Doing well on the test can help your child take the first step towards success in college.

– Jane Shelley