You are probably aware that if your child wants to attend college, his or her score on the SAT or ACT tests is important. Perhaps these scores are even more important for homeschoolers than for their traditionally schooled peers. Here are 3 reasons why.
Grade Verification – We have all heard homeschooling critics talk about “Mommy Grades”. There can be some validity to these critics’ concerns. It is hard to be objective with our own children. We might have a tendency to think they are wonderful and give them all A’s, or be too hard on them and give them C’s when they really deserve B’s. Colleges know this – they know we homeschooling parents may not be completely objective. Any parental bias is removed from the SAT and ACT scores. College entrance officials can compare the grades given by the parent with the student’s test scores. If they have all A’s, but scored in the 20th percentile on the ACT, the grades are probably inflated. Conversely, if they scored in the 95th percentile on the SAT, but have all C’s, the grades might be too low.
Scholarships – College is expensive, so securing scholarship money can be extremely important! A lot of scholarship application forms ask for the SAT and ACT scores. Some even request a copy of the test score report for homeschooled students. A higher test score can indicate to the scholarship grantor a greater probability for future success in college, giving a student a better chance at receiving scholarships.
To Help Future Homeschoolers – There are some people who would like nothing more than to squash the homeschooling movement. Since homeschoolers generally score higher on standardized tests than their public school peers (National Home Education Research Institute), academic success is not a valid argument for these homeschool critics. As homeschoolers, we must continue to strive for academic excellence as evidenced by high SAT and ACT tests scores. If we are not vigilant and these test scores fall below those from public schools, the door will be wide open for burdensome homeschool regulations.
Obviously, all homeschool students are not going to score in the 95th percentile on these tests, but they can all study for the test, take it seriously, and give it their best try.