see the value in the entire process, start to exam that goes along with your student’s Continue to share your
finish. By tackling a CLEP exam, your interests. If he has no specific area of worldview with your child
child will: interest, I recommend starting with the
DANTES Computer exam, because most when studying controversial
Develop independent study skills. teens are interested in this subject and Learn test preparation skills. topics that are included in “know the lingo” already! This is an easy Become familiar with college class to organize in a co-op or group setting. many social science classes.
campus and testing centers. 6. Can I use other texts? Certainly! We
Probably pass a college exam, offer the lesson plans as a guide, but you 7. Do I have to finish the class in the
earning credits! can add your own text to our suggestions suggested time frame? Absolutely not!
2. The most important advice I can give or just use your own. The choice is yours. Even though the lessons are broken down
is to follow through with the study, start to However, I cannot tell you if your material as “weekly” assignments, you are free to
finish, and require your child to take the covers all that is in the exam; you will have allow your students as much time as
exam. I see many homeschool parents who to make that call. needed to complete each lesson.
do not make their child take the exam, even
after all the work has been done. These tests
are not meant to represent your child’s
overall ability nor are they representative of
your teaching skills or the success of the
homeschool experience in general. There is
nothing to lose in taking the test—so take
it! I often tell my children how proud of
them I am for simply learning the material Keep simple records
and sticking with it! The credits are a bonus and create a perfect
to the whole experience but not the focus. transcript with step-
3. What makes a student successful? I by-step instructions!
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tant. If you have been taught to be an independent learner, then that is definitely a
plus when attempting to earn credit by
examination. Motivation? Yes, I think that
plays into it too. That’s why I encourage
parents to gear that first exam to an area in
which the child appears to be more gifted.
This increases the odds of success, and
some of the material may end up being
review. How about study time? It is important to hold the student accountable on the
readings and yet not to pressure him. Many
students take the exam without following
our important recommendation to take
each practice exam twice, researching their
4. If the student fails the test the first
time, he can always retake the exam. Other
testing sources (CLEP and DANTES offer
many of the same exams) often offer dupli- SAT Prep : Test-taking
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