Is College Worthwhile?


Episode  67

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

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This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college


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Special Replay: Build An Amazing Homeschool Transcript

CollegePrepShowPage homeschool transcriptSpecial Replay!  Build An Amazing Homeschool Transcript

Impress even Harvard with an incredible transcript! Download the notes at: There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture on how to build an amazing homeschool transcript. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio – and amazing homeschool transcript – that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss this radio show.


Special Replay: Transcripts Your Key To Free College

Transcripts-Free-CollegeTranscripts! Your Key To Free College with author, and speaker Jean Burke

In this podcast Jean tackles the difficult topic of transcripts and getting them right the first time. Your transcript can become your key to free college with some very important information from this podcast. You don’t need fancy transcripts or expensive services to produce a wonderful copy of your highschool record. In this episode Jean drills down and explains what must be on the transcript as well a the difference between weighted and unweighted grades. Once again you will be taking notes and sharing this episode with a friend!

With a great transcript it is you key to free college!

Remember to keep your questions coming! Visit Jean on her website to find the FAQ or learn more about test prep.

Show Notes:

  1. What is a transcript?
  2. What goes on a transcript?
  3. How necessary is a fancy transcript or transcript service?
  4. What is a weighted and unweighted grade?
  5. Must you have a grading key on the transcript? Why is this important?
  6. Do you need your SAT or ACT scores on your transcript.
  7. Do classes count differently, such as dual enrollment or an AP class?
  8. Including Community Service Hours

Website Links:

HSLDA – State Information

Common App – Common

More show topics coming – such as Community Service Hours, and High School Notebooks.

CLT Standardized Test

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
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  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.




Transcripts Credits Grades

Transcripts Credits GradesTranscripts, Credits Grades, Oh My!

Tips for an amazing transcript! 

Episode #65

Transcripts, credits, grades really are difficult to figure out but how do you navigate the waters of high school? Well-meaning parents and friends will tell you that your child won’t get accepted with a “valid” transcript. That’s not true, but we will talk about suggested credits and so much more. Road Map for success –

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Show Notes: Transcripts, Credits and Grades

  1. What are suggested credits for high school?
    1. Depending on state and homeschool laws
    2. Minimum 23 credits
    3. Minimum, Recommended and Distinguished
    4. Shoot for the distinguished – 27-29 credits…you can fall into the recommended plan.
  2. Can you define a credit and how to award them to the student?
    1. Credit can be called a unit- measure the amount of time the student has spent on the course.
    2. A credit can be 120-180 hours of work
    3. The beauty is you can define your own credits. 5 x 45 min x 180 =
    4. You establish how you will award your credits.
    5. Homeschooling allows flexibility.
      1. Textbook/ tests approach
      2. Credits for sewing, art, Eagle scout, music, drama
      3. Related experiences classroom, rehearsals, etc.
      4. College classes, dual credit and early college Demonstrated expertise – take care of horses, equestrian class; baking, sewing, carpentry work, etc.

High School Grade Scale: Important for Transcripts, Credits and Grades

  1. High school grade scale.
    1. Important to allow your children to know your scale
    2. 90-100 –A | 89-80—B | 79-70—C | 69-60—D
    3. You can adopt your own scale or adjust to your scale
    4. Let the kids know you won’t deviate
  2. What are some possible grading standards?
    1. Establish standards can help your child and work toward their strengths
    2. Grades are based on:
      1. Math: 1/3 tests – 1/3 daily work – 1/3 final exam
      2. History ½ reading and ½ reports
  • Fine arts ½ performance and ½ practice
  1. – free forms that will help record your grades
  2. HSLD – has a low-cost recording site
  1. Elective courses can be Pass/Fail but not calculated into average

What is a transcript and why does our teen need one?

  1. Should have a transcript whether or not you went to college
  2. Record of accomplishments completed during high school years, I did something and completed it.
  3. Validate your high school work that you completed
  4. Required for military acceptance
  5. Entry level employment jobs
  6. Internship
  7. Annual report card or a summary of what you have completed.
  • How to calculate the GPA?
    1. Grade Point Average
    2. GPA – assign a grade to a point. Multiply points by 1 credit or more credits that will give you the points
      1. A = 4 points
      2. B = 3 points
  • C = 2 points
  1. D = 1 point
  1. Yearly GPA takes you letter point, assign it a number value, divide it by the total credits you’ve given.
  2. Total Years – take all your credits and divide it by the points and divide.
  3. Weighted and Unweighted score: has to do with more advanced classes like more “weighted credits” for harder classes.
  1. Where do I start?
    1. The beauty of homeschooling is you can begin anytime. It is best to begin in the 8th grade using a master planner form or template.
    2. Kids can help chose the classes over basic core classes
    3. Taking ownership of the plan, compare admissions requirement and state law
    4. If your child knows they want to go to college you can shoot for distinguished
    5. Maturity helps, they become more serious as they get older

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ABC’s Of Early College

abc's of early collegeThe ABCs of Early College

 Podcast #64

Do you know the ABC’s of Early College Admission? Whether you are getting college credits or an AA degree, you may be considered a transfer student, and you may miss out on scholarships – low-cost college and credits. If you’ve ever considered this option, listen to this podcast for great information from Jean Burk.

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Show Notes: ABC’s of Early College

  1. What are some college trends?
    1. 66% of college graduates are ending up with 100K of debt. The unemployment rate is 9% — nearly 38% work in positions that don’t require any college at all.
    2. Low-cost college and credits
    3. Bachelor’s degree can make 182% more per week
    4. College tuition increased by 600%
  2. 12 Early college benefits?
    1. For homeschoolers broadens their course offerings
    2. Enhances academic rigor
    3. Avoids duplication of course work
    4. Increases their schedule flexibility – earn extra minors or majors
    5. Tend to finish college as a whole
    6. Earning a technical degree or certificate while in high school
    7. Shortens your time to earn a degree
    8. Reduce college costs
    9. Transferable college credits – basic or core credits
    10. Earning high school and science simultaneously
    11. Building your student’s confidence
    12. Still, home so you can guide and coach them
  3. Name the 3 main types of early college?
    1. Build an amazing transcript – Podcast 1 -

Podcast 2 –

  1. AP – advanced placement credits
    1. By college board – same people who make the SAT
    2. Challenging and show mastery
  • Approved by the college board
  1. Online, or buying the books and study on your own, take courses by AP teacher who was authorized by the college board
  2. Listen to the audio for recommendations for official AP courses online
  3. 38 courses your students can take
  1. CLEP—College level placement
    1. Be prepared to be sure it all transfers to the college you want to attend.
    2. Made by the college board, 2900 colleges and universities accept them, there is a cost for test and test center.
  • No age limits or restrictions
  1. Tests are 90 minutes long
  2. Testing centers listed on College board website.
  3. Official study guides by the college board
  1. Dual Enrollment – early enrollment
    1. Sometimes credits don’t transfer
    2. High school and college at the same time
  • The transition from high school to college easier
  1. Core classes out of the way
  1. What test scores are required?
    1. The entrance exam is still needed for college even junior or state college
    2. Scores need to be high enough on SAT and ACT for admission, check the college of choice

How To Ace The ACT

How to Ace the ACTHow to Ace the ACT

Podcast 63

Did you know that College Prep Genius teaches you how to ace the ACT? Truthfully, test anxiety is half the battle. Changing your mindset is important. In this podcast, Jean Burk discusses information about the ACT and how to ace this important college entrance test to gain valuable college scholarships and minimize college debt!

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Show Notes: How to Ace the ACT

  1. What does ACT stand for? American College Test
    1. ACT says it is not like the SAT but it is not true.
    2. 20 years ago it made a difference about what test you took.
    3. ACT – practice tests and prep guide only use official questions!
    4. Do not get books prior to 2015 – do not get old tests.
  2. Which college takes the ACT?
    1. However now 100% of colleges take either one.
    2. If a school prefers one over the other – they use a conversion score.
    3. Ask the school, they will tell you.
    4. One more point on an ACT can convert to 20K
  3. Differences/Similarities with SAT and ways to Ace the ACT
    1. Both standardized test
    2. Assess critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    3. Both tests questions objective.
    4. SAT – 2 Math 1 Reading 1 Writing | ACT 1 Math 1 Science 1 Reading and 1 Writing (Listen to the audio for the specifics.)
    5. Both objectives can a student do well under pressure?
    6. SAT is an unlimited number of attempts – ACT up to 12 attempts
      1. You are not hindering anything taking it more time.
      2. You will see patterns in the test, or you are more familiar with it.
  • You can use a Super Score… the highest scores from each test.
  1. SAT – 1600 and the ACT – 36
  1. Is the ACT more content-based than the SAT?
    1. The big myth is that the ACT has more content
    2. The ACT has spent money in promoting it measures your high school ability. However different schools teach different things so that is impossible.
    3. Not true, they are both logic tests – how well a student can think through a question in about 1 minute and then move on.
  2. What is the TIR?
    1. Recommended to order this service. Test Information Release for the ACT –it gives them a test back. Shows the areas you had trouble in. You have results given.
    2. Highly recommend, you take the ACT test Dec, April, and June
  3. Where to find the right way to practice?
    1. Learning test-taking strategies is key.
    2. Wrong answers are very tricky! Answers you are more than likely going to pick if you don’t understand the logic behind the questions in the answer.
    3. Need to change your approach to the test.
    4. You can answer the questions in 30 seconds or less.
    5. Be sure the test book is 2016 or later.
  4. Do I need to be really good in science to do well on the ACT?
    1. This is not a science test. More about knowing and reading and finding the info that restates what is in the passage. All the info is right in front of you.
    2. Circle keywords are important.
    3. Science sections have 5 types of questions, overall, questions about chart or graph, numbers or inferences, double facts, and it is knowing where the information is found.
  5. How long do you get per question?
    1. Timing – less time on the ACT
    2. Knowing test-taking strategies is so important. There are not several minutes to
    3. English – 75 questions 45 min –36 seconds per question
    4. Math –60 questions 60 min – 1 seconds per questions
    5. Reading –40 questions 35 min – 52 seconds per questions
    6. Science –40 and 55 min –1+ min per question
    7. Essay Time: 40 minutes for a prompt question – generally have to do with high school life. (Optional)
  6. Let me know about the secret chance to take the ACT …and how to ace the ACT
    1. 23 Secrets to Standardized Test – links here
    2. Residual ACT –offered 6 times a year nationally. You can take it in nonconventional times during the year. Given on many campuses several times a year. Take it on your time. It will only apply to that school.
    3. Get your results very quickly.
    4. You can avoid the late fees and deadlines by paying at the college itself.
  7. What other pertinent links can you share?
    1. Which colleges will super score the SAT
    2. Essay – college requires it or not
    4. What score converts – Some schools will give more money on one test over the other. A similar score is higher and more money is offered for it!


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FAFSA 12 Best kept secrets

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 ahead of time to be prepared on filling out the FAFSA application. Pre-work – download the PDF from the website.

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.
  2. ID: Get you 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 (you can get a free account) or a paid account is $20 per year and it keeps you ID safe.
  3. Date October 1 on 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 pull that out and bring out the information. If you have had a decrease in income from 2015 to now – that can be adjusted as well – addendum needs to 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 our your FAFSA – they will give you an 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 are asking for your income vs. your parent’s income. Do not get them confused.
  10. 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 be considering only one or two colleges. You have up to ten schools you can list. Take advantage of this tool and 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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FAFSA Equals Free Money

FAFSA Equals MoneyFAFSA Equals Free Money with Jean Burk

Episode 61


Did you know that FAFSA equals free money to students? Now is the time, especially if you are a rising senior –it is crucial to pay attention to apply to you right now! Don’t fall for those places that say they will help you fill this out if you pay – it is totally free. Just listen to podcast 61 and 62 for more information!

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Show Notes: FAFSA Equals Free Money

***Please note – there was an update and change to the FAFSA website – please use the 2016 tax return for this school year Oct. 1 2017- 2018 … check out the fafsa website for details.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid –

Did you know that FAFSA is way more than somewhere to apply for student loans? It is for current and prospective college students who are looking at the high cost of college and what their family is expected contribution. Every year you reapply for the FAFSA –

Quick Notes: Every year you must reapply for the FAFSA – even in post-graduate school, You the STUDENT fill it out.

Keep in mind the name FAFSA is FREE Application for Federal student aid. There is a parent section that is color-coded. 80-90% fill out the FAFSA wrong and lose eligibility.

This is need-based, grant-based and offers entitlements. IT lets you calculate how much you should be able to pay for college. This does not affect merit based scholarships. Not being prepared is the biggest mistakes.

It is very hard to fix once submitted. Don’t rush it. Take your time.

You should prepare for it correctly before you fill it out online. Do not just start filling it out. You can download PDF, fill it out, and then when you fill out the actual form you have your information prepared.

Both parents need a FAFSA ID – need to fill it out. Use your student’s ID – not the parents. The parent should only help the children not doing the work for them – other

You can send a FAFSA to ten different schools right off the bat.

Seniors – the first day you can fill it out is October 1 your senior year. Most families wait for months. By that time all the free money is gone!  That is why we are doing this October reminder to gather these things NOW before October.

They changed the entire criteria for income tax – 2015 tax information. Prior/ Prior income tax. You are behind by two years. If there has been a huge decrease you need to let the colleges know. You can transfer the information over the FAFSCA right away.

This does not mean you are poor. Everyone fills it out – the earliest time is October 1.

It is completely FREE – no charge to apply. Scholarships, grants, financial aid. You need info from income tax. Social security number, W-2 forms, dependents, etc.

*If you do not have a senior a junior or younger. You want to get an idea of where you are – you can set up your ID anytime – FAFSA ID number in search and find it

Common Mistakes:

  1. Too little
    1. Forget to include other students in private schools or colleges – don’t leave out that information!
  2. Too much
    1. It is meant for the student to fill out – most parents include their home equity as part of assets. 99% percent of colleges do NOT require your home equity. You are worth more than you are – you are just a student
  3. Too late
    1. Most people wait too long – after the October 1st You have a few weeks (at the time of this broadcast) – plan ahead

Nonfederal financial – CSS Profile

College board websites – Financial aid profile early acceptance college.

Keep limited funds in your banking or savings account as a student.

You can get a precise EFC Calculator – college board website …gives you an idea of your worth and ability to (Estimated Family Contribution) – this is what we see that your family can contribute.

Secret Formula that Colleges use:

COA – EFC = Need

Cost of Attendance minus Estimated Family Contribution

The most expensive schools have the most money to give.

Need a good SAT score and low income it can yield free college – preparing early and knowing these things make a difference. 400 colleges will meet need.

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Last words from Jean Burk: How much do they give out for need based and how much is for merit based? This is calculated but if you apply early (October 1st) your chances are better. When you are prepared you don’t have to worry about college debt. This gives your kids an advantage. Our children are the leaders of tomorrow. Who are going to be the lawyers, doctors, engineers, and leaders of tomorrow? We want our children in those positions. We can begin with teaching our children honesty and integrity and we don’t blur the lines that are gray. We want our children in leadership positions!

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PSAT Crash Course

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PSAT Crash Course with Jean Burk

Episode #60

Are you ready for a PSAT crash course? Are you a junior? Now is the time to get ready to take the PSAT – it is given in the middle of October. In many places, you need to sign up in person (call school first). It can be the school in which your child would attend if in high school. Check your local school board. If your student is a 9th-10th grader or younger you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sign up for the test at the start of the school year.

The SAT test is given in October the first week

The PSAT is given in the middle of October

A younger student has time on your side and in this way you can work on weaknesses and build the framework for a success

  • Check the dates on the site

Show Notes: PSAT Crash Course

General Overview of the Test:

  1. Reading – details given in the podcast
  2. Writing section- details given in the podcast
  3. Math – details given in the podcast
  4. Math – details given in the podcast

Number One Strategy:

Questions are not in order of difficulty – they are all worth the same amount of points. Look it a question – 10-15 seconds – can I answer this quickly – if you can answer it and move on. If you cannot answer it don’t waste your time on it – put a star and move on. Then come back to these questions … the subconscious works on the problems in your head. You may be able to answer the questions that take more thought.

College Prep Tests For free

  2. free PSAT tests online —

Rising Junior is the year to really take the tests –

  1. Take the SAT in November and December as well.
  2. Most colleges will super score – you can combine your scores from different tests you’ve taken.
  3. This saves you from studying all over again and practicing.
  4. This allows you to not take the tests as a senior unless you want to.

Important: Box 22 on the test – it indicates you are a homeschooler. It will send the test booklet back to your home instead of to the school. This is important otherwise it will not come back to you. Something that is new this year. You get your scores back in Nov. and the booklet in December.

It is a great resource and gives you an extra practice. You can make a copy and use it again as a test.

It is an amazing test for Juniors – if you don’t get the desired top score, you can still get amazing full rides on your SAT. (gives you the score you need for your state) The scores are based on how many students are taking the test and how well the are doing. /PSATscores – official booklet – percentiles mean according to the scores

Schools that seek national merit scholars /NationalMeritSchools – minimum number of students that the school will take.

Other options for younger students:

PSAT 8/9 for practice

PSAT 10 for practice

 **Alternative Secret for Taking SAT

Contact National Merit association let them know why – you will be given alternative locations –convert the SAT to the PSAT. You must call them! They will give you a specific number to use.

At this time, they will do the conversion:

November, December, March or June test = they will take the highest score

Upcoming college fair (November 2017) – a mock SAT that will be administered by Jean – and it will be scored.


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