CLT Standardized Test (Replay)

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CLT Standardized TestCLT Standardized Test ~~ Lookout SAT/ACT-New Test in Town

The CLT Standardized Test is a new test that is taking on the SAT and ACT Tests. CLT stands for Classic Learning Test. A Harvard graduate wrote the test, standardized – get results right away. They will know the comparison of the other tests. Dave Wagner and Jeremy Tate

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Show Notes: CLT Standardized Test

What is the CLT?

  1. CLT – Classic Learning Test
  2. Been around a couple of years
  3. Jeremy Tate the co-founder of the CLT
  4. The new standard, deals with the complaints of the SAT and ACT – the values of Western Civilization
  5. Offered 5 x a year, a modern testing format, the student bring their laptop or tablet, they would get their scores immediately
  6. Very similar to SAT and ACT
  7. Overall goal is to have a better test and a better standard. CS Lewis passages or Charles Dickens
  8. They are accepted in 100 colleges
  1. What sections are on the test?
    1. Same as SAT and ACT – similar in how
    2. Verbal Reasoning 40
    3. Grammar 40
    4. Quantitative Reasoning 40
    5. The most you can get on the 120 and there is a conversion ; the highest score is a 117
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    7. Average ACT is 21 — Average SAT 1060 — Average CLT is 65
    8. Practice tests online
    9. Student guide as baseline score
    10. 2 Hours long without an essay
    11. You can take it unlimited times
  2. What is the format?
    1. Based on 120 minutes or 2-hour time limits
    2. 40 on reading 45 on grammar and 45 on math section
    3. Students will have their device, the timer goes off, and then you move on to the next section…
    4. Given about a minute per question and less than a minute
    5. Gives a predictability of the student’s college readiness
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    7. You can become a format
    8. Parents can proctor it for you
  3. What are the differences from the SAT/ACT
    1. Contemporary literature content is one of the big differences, western thought and tradition
    2. Based on thought provoking changes
    3. Analogies on the CLT that use to be on the SAT that are no longer on the test
    4. No essay
  4. What colleges accept the CLT?
    1. Reach out to the college
    2. Listed on the website
    3. About 100 colleges take this test
    4. Liberty, Bryan, etc.
  5. Does it have a PSAT equivalent contest?
    1. They have a CLT – 10 offered for a similar contest like the PSAT
    2. It is free, you can take the CLT and taken at the home, proctored by the parent
    3. Honor system
    4. Partnered NAS – National Association Scolars
    5. 108 or above on CLT – SAT 1480 and a 32 on ACT
    6. Take it 10th grade in April of 10th grade and gives
  6. What good news do you have about the CLT and College Prep Genius?
    1. Partnering with College Prep Genius, and the only program they recommend.
    2. Jean gets inside information
    3. Jean is working on a solutions guide
    4. Retired CLT test so that Jean can create a class for this test
    5. Very similar strategies SAT and ACT
  7. What is College Prep Genius doing with CLT?
    1. Students can purchase their student guide and solution guide to strategize how they can do better
    2. A module will be created by College Prep Genius
    3. Being on the ground floor
    4. com – only recommends Jean Burk, College Prep Genius
  8. What special code can you give to students?
    1. com – practice test – CPG18
      1. Contest for Apple watch!
      2. Cut the tuition down to $25 for the test

 

Professor at Weaton gave a great review of this test. CLT is growing strongly.

 

 

 

FAFSA – Must Know Information

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FAFSA Application Tips | Did you know that FAFSA Changed? Join Jean Burk and College Prep Genius. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Here is the information you need now. | #homeschoolpodcast #podcast #collegeprep #FAFSA #scholarship Did you know that FAFSA Changed? Join Jean Burk and College Prep Genius. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Here is the information you need now.

FAFSA 2024 
The rollout was late, and the problem with rolling out the new FAFSA is that it is three months late; schools have hard deadlines for applications, and this may mess up some of the college deadlines. Check with the college.
Everyone should fill out the FAFSA – even if you think you make too much money. Take advantage of it even if you do not qualify for other aid (Institutional aid). It has to be through this. Billions in scholarship and Federal money (listen for more information.)
 
A. Two Big Snafus :
  1. Historically, FAFSA opens for applications to be submitted on October 1, and there are college deadlines for various aid. This year, they opened FAFSA in January of 2024. A “soft launch” happened on December 30, yet the system wasn’t ready. The deadline had to be December 30 to meet federal guidelines.
  2. New software only has one formula inflation index, and it is huge. They admitted there was an issue. Many people will not be able to qualify for Pell Grants and other aid. They will qualify for less money. Hopefully, the colleges are aware of it.
B. 13 Changes (Good for some/tricky for others)
  1.  Every family situation is different. One of the reasons they changed it was because of the confusing terminology. EFC – Estimated Family Contribution. SAI or Student Aid Index: This is more accurate on what the college looks at.
  2. There are only 36 questions instead of 100
  3. October 1 date was not met. It was released in January.
  4. FSS – Fafsa submission summary — they increased the Pell Grant eligibility… US poverty tables that take into account family size, etc.
  5. The challenge for some families is if you have more than one student in college, it benefits. The middle class no more discount to having more than one student in college. (Maybe next year it will come back.) Colleges know this and hopefully can make adjustments.
  6. CSS – College Scholarship Profile. More institutional aid and discounts add back in more of your assets – home equity and retirement.
  7. They don’t distinguish between divorce and legal separation now. It used to default to a custodial parent; now it is AGI – or adjusted gross income.
  8. G. Good change: Prepare the younger kids. No financial consequences. 529 Plan (College Savings Plan) – invisible financial aid.
  9. IRS Data retrieval tool, your taxes are pulled from the IRS directly. Consent is required. (Maybe one spouse doesn’t want the other one to know what is going on.)
  10. You can list 20 schools instead of 10 beforehand. That will help you and save time and frustration.
  11. The rolls-based form – Roles-Based – students will have a section, and parents will have a section, so they are separate logs.
  12. The family size definition has changed, dependent or independent. It used to be only dependent students could apply, yet rules changed. Now, they then become independent (become married, military, etc.). Now you can change it.
  13. Provisional independence status – something that prevents them from entering the parent’s information. This is helpful. So they can enter their information individually as an “independent.”
C. Steps to File (Must do beforehand)
  1. FAFSA ID – students or parents. The name on your ID has to be the same as your ID; double-check—the name, the birthday, etc., needs to be the legal name, or the system will kick it out.
  2. StudentAid.gov to start the process.
  3. FAFSA.ed.gov — a waiting room. That waiting room is going to be there if there are many people filing at the same time. Stay there and wait.
  4. Documents you can get ahead of time. Worksheet. 2023-3=2024 FAFSA PDF you can download and fill it out. To double-check that you have not made mistakes.
  5. Completed tax returns, social security numbers for both you and your child, the cash you have on hand, the day you file the FAFSA – the base year is the day you fill out the FAFSA. Your investment, business, and network. Now it takes 20 minutes.
  6. Student Aid FAFSA estimator. StudentAid.gov/AID-Estimator (Not the FAFSA) It helps you get an SAI – Student Aid Index.

What is the base year:

If you have a child who is a sophomore or in their sophomore year, you don’t want big capital gains or selling stocks, etc. The year you fill out the FAFSA is the child’s senior year, typically in the Fall.

D. If FAFSA is Not Sufficient for College Dreams 
  1. College-bound – ALERTS – those are the steps to getting into college (podcast coming soon on this topic!)
  2. It is one piece of the puzzle. It is one part of the college process. You don’t get money from the FAFSA; the college gets it (COA-SAI=Need). The college is the one that gives the money. It is the starting and jumping-off point.
  3. To get the full rides, the parts to that (on air).

No More SAT Tests

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no more SAT testsLet’s Talk to Jean Burke about “No More SAT Tests!”

Podcast #18

What’s this? No More SAT Tests? Did you hear this right? I ask Jean Burke, the author and founder of College Prep Genius if she believes the SAT is a test of the past. Come listen to what she has to say.

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Show Notes – No More SAT Tests

  1. Out of approximately 45,000+ colleges a small portion do not require a SAT or ACT test score.
  2. 95% of Colleges require standardized entrance scores – college board or their own.
  3. Colleges collect data and scholarships and entrance is based on scores as likely to do well.
  4. There are exceptions to every rule.
  5. What is the test optional score
  6. Fine Print
  7. Logic
  8. Is testing discriminating to lower socioeconomic classes?
  9. Free waivers to take the test are available
  10. Pick up test booklets with sample tests – look for the patterns

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College Grants | Replay

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College Grants | What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you! #homeschool #homeschooling #podcastCollege Grants #68

What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you!

College GRANTS

College grants consist of the money you don’t have to pay back. Gov. grant FAFSA – mistakes and how to sign up for it.

Some colleges offer endowments – such as the Moody Bible Institute through federal and institutional grants. The education part is paid through grants. Keep in mind a big name or high pricetag school often offers more opportunity. Test scores help but income bracket also helps – Standford by definition says 144K is low income.

For example, law schools are ranked in the top six, top ten, top sixteen. You don’t want to rule out a college because of money. Or it appears to be out of your reach, you never know.

Are you a resident of a certain state? You may be surprised at what grants are offered some in the form of entitlements.

Federal Pell Grant – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA

Federal supplemental (FFEOG)

Academic Competitiveness Grant ACG

National Smart Grant SMG

College Grants — TEACH Grant

      Cost-Containment Programs

      Tuition Equalization Grant  –Private school in-state tuition. College for all Texans, for example. If you meet the college costs and how much your family can pay. 2.5 GPA — if tuition cost is more than the private school you can qualify for a tuition grant.

      Reciprocity —

  1. Some states will provide reciprocity for other states. In-state tuition to a governing state. MSEP – Midwest Student Exchange Program. Non, resident (listen to the podcast for more information) go to a neighbor or nearby state can reduce the cost of tuition.
  2. Western undergrad exchange — Arizona, Alaska ca Idaho, Hawaii – reduces instate tuition.
  3. Look at the New England reciprocity program.

One of the best websites is the Sallie Mae website.

FAFSA – stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Maximize chances for getting the student aids. October 1 is the first day – and do it as early as possible or the money is gone! You must have this filled out first. LISTEN

Federal Pell Grant – FPG – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA – the most financial money. The undergrad who has not earned a professional degree yet. Start with FAFSA – every year must be filled out. Depends on the school year, student, max. award around 6K – Cost of attendance, whether the child is working in the school or not.

Federal Pell Grant – Iraq or Afganansstan Service Grant – parent died under the military, eligible for additional money under the age of 24 and enrolled in college.

Federal supplemental (FFEOG) federal supplemental opportunity grant — low-income undergrad students who need a lot of help – 4K per year just depending on your personal situation. Most colleges participate in these grants. No additional funds are available once you get these funds. Check the college website or financial aid dept of your college for more information.

Academic Competitiveness GrantACG  and the National Smart Grant SMG-Two programs that fall under improved math and science instruction. Take on more challenging courses in high school and helps your child become more successful in these areas. High demand in the global economy – technology or engineering. Available to students.

TEACH Grant – Teacher education assistance for college and higher education. Take specific classes to get the grants themselves and do a certain type of job or it will turn into a loan. The sooner you apply the more money you can get.

 

Must Know College Checklist | Special Replay

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must know college checklistBest of College Prep Genius – Must Know College Checklist with Jean Burke

When you are ready to visit a college do you know what to look for?  Here is the must know college checklist of important information to find the very best college for your child.

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Podcast #54 Replay

 

Must Know College Checklist Show Notes

  • Visit top two schools,
  • Ask yourself questions; Am I comfortable walking around? Can I be friends with these people?
  • Make a checklist to compare colleges
  • Apply to 5-6 schools, safe schools, reach schools, and dream schools

Links we discussed:

 

  • Remember there is no perfect college
  1. Check the school website for visit dates
  2. Contact the admissions counselor for a personal date
  3. Go on a weekday to get a feel for the campus
  4. Try to schedule an interview while you are there
  5. Ask if the school offers reimbursement for travel fees
  6. Make travel arrangements as soon as you can
  7. Arrange for an excused absence to take college visits
  8. Try to talk to the dean or professors
  9. Sit in on one or more classes
  10. Take a tour of the campus
  11. Visit the bookstore student center or library
  12. Spend the night in a dorm to get a feel for the housing
  13. Eat in the cafeteria to see if you like it
  14. Meet with the admissions counselor face-to-face
  15. Wander around the campus by yourself
  16. Talk to students at the college and ask about their experience
  17. Visit around the school to get a feel of the area

Questions to Ask Academic Advisor 

  1. What is the average class size for a freshman
  2. How many of those students returned the following year
  3. What makes this college program special
  4. How easy is it to switch majors
  5. How does the school help the student adjust to college life
  6. Is there Greek life or social groups at this school
  7. Is the Greek System important to this school
  8. What organizations is the school partnered with
  9. What does the tuition cover
  10. Are there hidden fees
  11. Work-study jobs
  12. How safe is the campus
  13. What does the housing scene look life
  14. Are freshmen allowed to live off-campus
  15. Are freshman allowed to have their own car
  16. Campus parking situation
  17. Does the school offer campus-wide tutoring
  18. How big is the average class size

Things to ask the students at the college

  1. The thing they like most about the college
  2. The worst thing about this college
  3. Why did they pick this college
  4. Would you pick this school again if you had the chance
  5. If I need help how acceptable are the professors here
  6. Are the professors down to earth
  7. What do you like about your department
  8. Do you like the professors
  9. Are the professors teaching the classes themselves or is it done by a TA
  10. How diverse is the student body
  11. How is the cafeteria
  12. What do you do for fun here
  13. How close are the shopping center
  14. How are the dorms
  15. Which dorm is best
  16. Are the dorms nice
  17. What is the one thing you wish you knew ahead of time

 

 

FAFSA 12 Best kept secrets

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FAFSA 12 Best kept secretsFAFSA – 12 Best Kept Secrets Application Tips with Jean Burk

Episode 62

Here are the FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets. Did you know that 80-90% of families make mistakes on the FAFSA that cost them tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money? This information is timely before October 1 – so please listen and share this show with your friends with college-bound students.

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Show Notes: FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets

Did you know that many times students do not complete the FAFSA application completely? You must complete the FAFSA all the way through. It is an application for low-interest student loans and grants. If you don’t complete it, you can lose out on thousands of dollars.

You can do this beforehand to be prepared to fill out the FAFSA application. Pre-work – download the PDF from the website. http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov

FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets:

  1. Scams: Be aware of scam copies – A company purchased this website àcom they will charge you for the FAFSA – it is a FREE application. http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov
  2. ID: Get your FAFSA ID ahead of time. You get a username and a password. If you are considered a dependent student, you need your separate ID. It can take a few weeks to get your ID. There can be a backlog at the last minute. Do not share your ID with others. This information you are putting on your FAFSA is sensitive information. Store it in Lastpass.com (you can get a free account) or a paid account is $20 per year, and it keeps your ID safe.
  3. Date October 1 in your senior year. Many states will run out of money early. You can put in ten colleges when you are filling out your FAFSA. You use your prior-prior taxes or two years before you apply for the loan. You need to pull that out and bring out the information. If you have had a decrease in income from 2015 to now – that can also be adjusted – an addendum must be filled out with each college.
  4. Deadlines: To maximize your scholarship opportunities, fill it out by October 1 – Each school and state will set their deadlines. October 1 is the FIRST day you can apply – deadlines are months later, but why wait?
  5. Which ID? Do not use your ID (parents) when you start your FAFSA – they will give you the option to enter the student information. USE the student ID – it will automatically add your personal information.
  6. Knowing the lingo on the FAFSA helps – certain questions that you automatically know, but you may make mistakes –
    1. Legal guardianship – Students will answer yes here. You are not considered a legal guardian of yourself! So the answer is NO.
  7. NUMBER: The number of family household members – specific definition. Many students put the wrong number down. It has no bearing on who claims the parents in a divorce situation. How many are in your household – that is in your entire family. Siblings. Read instructions carefully.
    1. The number of family members who are in college and private school. If you are thinking about just your siblings. Don’t forget to include yourself. You are also going to college.
  8. Common Mistakes:
    • If it says You or YOUR – it means the student.
    • Put in your full name as it appears on your social security card – no nicknames. It will bring you delays if you are not accurate.
    • Double-check your social security number.’
  9. Income Information: 
    • How much income tax – not your AGI (adjusted gross income) – IRS data retrieval tool that will tell you how to fill it out.
    • Be sure to see if they ask for your income vs. your parent’s income. Do not get them confused.
  10. The parent section is color coded – you can fill out the parent information. (Even if you live on your own. It still can help you.)
  11. Add More Colleges: Students may only consider one or two colleges. You have up to ten schools you can list. Take advantage of this tool; the other colleges cannot see the schools you are sending this to. You can always remove and add more schools.
  12. Sign It! Don’t forget to sign your FAFSA; this will cause an incomplete FAFSA. You sign it with your ID number. You can mail a signature page if you want. It is not necessary. You can check the status of your application at any time.

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Must Know College Checklist | Replay

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must know college checklistMust Know College Checklist with Jean Burk

When you are ready to visit a college do you know what to look for?  Here is the must know college checklist of important information to find the very best college for your child.

Celebrate with us! Jean Burk is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady!

 

Visit our sponsor – College Prep Genius 

Podcast #54

 

Must Know College Checklist Show Notes

  • Visit top two schools,
  • Ask yourself questions; Am I comfortable walking around? Can I be friends with these people?
  • Make a checklist to compare colleges
  • Apply to 5-6 schools, safe schools, reach schools, and dream schools

Links we discussed:

 

Remember there is no perfect college

  1. Check the school website for visit dates
  2. Contact the admissions counselor for a personal date
  3. Go on a weekday to get a feel for the campus
  4. Try to schedule an interview while you are there
  5. Ask if the school offers reimbursement for travel fees
  6. Make travel arrangements as soon as you can
  7. Arrange for an excused absence to take college visits
  8. Try to talk to the dean or professors
  9. Sit in on one or more classes
  10. Take a tour of the campus
  11. Visit the bookstore student center or library
  12. Spend the night in a dorm to get a feel for the housing
  13. Eat in the cafeteria to see if you like it
  14. Meet with the admissions counselor face to face
  15. Wander around the campus by yourself
  16. Talk to students at the college and ask about their experience
  17. Visit around the school to get a feel of the area

Questions to Ask Academic Advisor –

  1. What is the average class size for the freshman
  2. How many of those students returned the following year
  3. What makes this college program special
  4. How easy is it to switch majors
  5. How does the school help the student adjust to college life
  6. Is there Greek life or social groups at this school
  7. Is the Greek System important to this school
  8. What organizations are the school partnered with
  9. What does the tuition cover
  10. Are there hidden fees
  11. Work-study jobs
  12. How safe is the campus
  13. What does the housing scene look life
  14. Are freshmen allowed to live off campus
  15. Are freshmen allowed to have their own car
  16. Campus parking situation
  17. Does the school offer campus-wide tutoring
  18. How big is the average class size

Things to ask the students at the college

  1. Thing they like most about the college
  2. The worst thing about this college
  3. Why did they pick this college
  4. Would you pick this school again if you had the chance
  5. If I need help how acceptable are the professors here
  6. Are the professors down to earth
  7. What do you like about your department
  8. Do you like the professors
  9. Are the professors teaching the classes themselves or is it done by a TA
  10. How diverse is the student body
  11. How is the cafeteria
  12. What do you do for fun here
  13. How close are the shopping center
  14. How are the dorms
  15. Which dorm is best
  16. Are the dorms nice
  17. What is the one thing you wish you knew ahead of time

 

 

SAT and Athletic Scholarships | Replay

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SAT sports and scholarships

Let’s Talk About the SAT and Athletic Scholarships

with Jean Burk

Episode 13

Raise Your Hand …if you are interested in your athlete getting a scholarship!

Really? SAT and Athletic Scholarships going hand-in-hand?

So, your child is interested in playing sports on the college level. What’s a parent to do? Full scholarships are available but does your child have the grades, and more importantly the SAT scores to be admitted to the college of their dreams? Or…does the college or university of their dreams have the major they desire? There are so many questions that pertain to SAT and athletic scholarships and in this broadcast, Jean Burk of College Prep Genius will help you with some steps to obtain an athletic scholarship.

Jean is writing an eBook – 10 Steps to Finding an Athletic Scholarship 

 

 

 

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Show Notes:

SAT and Athletic Scholarships – Just in Time!

1. Search for colleges in your chosen sport

2. Contact the athletic school official in your chosen sport.

3. Make a list of schools of interest that have both your sport and targeted major

4. Contact head coaches – via email or letters

5. Send athletic and academic resume

6. Do’s and Don’ts for getting an athletic scholarship

 

 

SAT Changes

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What are the SAT changes? Is the SAT going away? In this podcast Jean Burk shares her expertise with all of you! CollegePrepGeniusSAT Changes ~ Episode 90

What are the SAT changes? Is the SAT going away? In this podcast Jean Burk shares her expertise with all of you, and here is the inside scoop! College prep is important.

Visit Jean’s website and online classes at CollegePrepGenius.com

Many changes are coming and this podcast will help you get prepared. Tests typically change every ten years or so, and upcoming this is happening again. There are so many rumors that are not true, and one of them is that the SAT is no longer necessary or any test. This is not true. The SAT, ACT, and CLT are here to stay. Why? Test scores are tied into college ranking so they will be needed and if not these standardized tests, colleges will prepare their own. Students need something more than a transcript to get into college.

The CLT was prepared to be online way before it was needed! They were in place when the pandemic hit and colleges all over the USA took the CLT instead of the ACT and SAT (since they were not testing at that time.)

New SAT changes will come before 2024 and one big change is the length of the test. It will be around two hours long. It will also be available to take online with a secure server and back up. Students, parents, and educators have been assured that the test information will be secure as well as protected. Another change is that the length of time will be longer to answer each test question. Calculators will be allowed when in the past they were banned.

College Prep Genius will be prepared with updates once the new tests are released. There is a caution to believe any test-taking class that claims to have the tests in advance as this is not true.

The PSAT new format will be released in 2023 which is one year earlier than the new SAT changes. This will affect current (2022) high school freshmen. The PSAT is taken when the high school student is in their junior year. This test is one of the main ones used for scholarships.

A small percentage (UC schools in California) have waived the SAT and ACT tests yet are still requiring their own in-house test and charging students to take this test. This is a small number of colleges in the grand total, yet the tests they require are also standardized the only way to level the playing field.

Two types of tests are: School test: based on what was taught and knowledge. Logic Test: based on no particular subject and based on critical thinking.

College Prep Genius claims to help students: beat the test, help in pointing out patterns and rules that the student can learn inside and out to become experts in this area of test-taking with the time to study and prepare. The key is to start practicing early and to trust the system. The test planners have to follow the same patterns and ways to write the tests. The student can learn these patterns.

Keys to Test Taking:

  1. Practice
  2. Start early
  3. Understand the patterns
  4. Prepare
  5. See the right answer
  6. Know why the wrong answer is wrong
  7. Accuracy is more important than speed
  8. Know the test is beatable
  9. Tests are not going away
  10. Tests will be shorter than currently

 

 

 

7th and 8th Grade College Checklist

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Is your 7th and 8th grader thinking about college, do you need a college checklist? There is no time like present and there are ways to prepare early, only if you are interested in those scholarship opportunities!7th and 8th Grade College Checklist ~ Episode 89

Is your 7th and 8th grader thinking about college, do you need a college checklist? There is no time like present and there are ways to prepare early, only if you are interested in those scholarship opportunities!

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Listen to past episodes here on College Checklists:

Ultimate College Checklists Grades 9-10 here.

College Checklists 11-12th grade here.

Creating good study habits is a good way to prepare for college. Does your child have what it takes? Studying takes time and practices like anything else your child does. Study habits and taking good notes is important as well. Setting up your child for success the earlier the better. One of the keys is studying a foreign language, some colleges look for at least four years of study.

College Checklist:

What can you do to prepare (listen to the podcast for details, here is a thumbnail sketch).

  1. Start to think about future careers. (Visit College Ed) a free website.
  2. Read great books. For a list of the top of 100 books, your child should read before college. (GreatSchools.org) Parents be aware some of these books may not be appropriate – so check into them before you assign them to your child.
  3. Work on core subjects, math, reading, and writing. Very important.
  4. Study strong subjects, electives are fine, but be strong on subjects.
  5. Foreign language study.
  6. Take practice tests, ACT, and SAT. Sign up for the website (minimum age is 13 for SAT, younger for ACT).
  7. Sign up for CLT test online – code on the podcast for a deep discount.
  8. Before 9th grade read good books.
  9. Talent searches – some colleges look for young students to give scholarships.
  10. Leadership types of goals.

Starting test prep in middle school takes off the pressure when the children are older. If your child takes their time younger to get ready to study, they will be able to work smarter and not harder.