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  1. Well, that is frustrating! It sounds like something fell through the cracks at the college. Is the remaining item that isn't checked something that was sent to the college? If it is something that was mailed via US Post Office, perhaps it got lost. Or, perhaps like the problem we experienced this year, the address provided by the College Board to send a CLEP transcript was simply flat out the wrong address, so of course the university never received it and we had to pay to resend it using the correct address that I got from calling the university! If the admissions counselor isn't responding, check to make sure she or he still works there -- the staff in Admissions changes more frequently than some other jobs. Other than that, ask to talk to the manager or director of Admissions (and/ or email them) due to the impending deadline. Good luck!
  2. Check out Udemy if you're OK with a recorded course. I bought a couple courses on Udemy for pretty cheap -- a Microsoft Excel beginner to advanced course and a Microsoft Office Intro course -- both for my kids. Udemy has a wide variety of courses available, and this time of year there are usually a lot of sales on their offerings. I got a course for $9.99 in the past year there.
  3. ApplyTexas doesn't have a way for homeschool parents/counselors to upload anything. Find out by calling or looking at the TX u's websites for information on where to either mail or UPS/FedEx everything to them that you would have uploaded as a counselor. That is what I did. 🙂
  4. It looks like Economics is required for graduation in Michigan. Here's what I would consider doing. For Economics, look up AC/DC Macro teacher Jacob Clifford. He has a website which offers a study guide/packet ($14) for the CLEP Macro test and AP Macroecomics exam. I'd have my dd watch the ACDC videos for Macroeconomics, take notes, and fill in the study guide along the way. I think if you buy the study guide you have access to all the Macro ACDC videos. If she then wants to try and take the CLEP Macro test, great, but that doesn't have to happen. For Government, what about taking a look at the CLEP REA book for US Government? She could take the diagnostic and then study what it says her knowledge weaknesses are. I know a teen who passed the US Government CLEP recently, and she studied intensely for it about 6 weeks.
  5. Most teens have to take the SAT or ACT two times in order to get their best score. If it were me, I'd have DD take the ACT sometime before May. Then, I would have her study and do more practice tests, and take the test a 2nd time during the summer. It's illuminating to look at Reddit for comments about the SAT and ACT. What seems to have happened recently is that the SAT is putting out easier tests which have a harsher curve.
  6. @fourisenough The College Algebra CLEP was interesting, because I read somewhere that one can take it after finishing Algebra 2. When dd was taking Algebra 2 Honors using the online Derek Owens class, I emailed him about the timing of taking the College Algebra CLEP. His opinion was that knowing the material covered during a College Algebra course, it would be better to finish Pre-Calculus before taking the College Algebra CLEP. So, that is what we did. DD finished Pre-Calculus (Saxon) and then passed the College Algebra CLEP. For Spanish, she did Spanish 1-3 and then took and passed level 1 of the Spanish CLEP. For Macro, dd took a semester class online, but hardly learned anything and ended up just studying the AC/DC videos on YouTube. I did buy the study packet for the CLEP/AP Macro test from the AC/DC teacher (Jacob Clifford?) available online, and it was the best $20 spent. For the College Composition with Essay CLEP, dd has done only Honors English in high school, in addition to Rhetoric with Kolbe Academy online for 11th grade. I looked at AP English before she went into 10th grade, and it seemed to me that it has a lot of busy work and would make her hate the subject. She used for College Comp as well as the REA book for College Composition and got a high score on the multiple choice and essay. I did give her feedback after she did her first timed essay at home, and her second practice essay was a lot better. It seems like if one is a good writer, the only thing needed is to review for the multiple choice section and then do 2-3 practice and timed essays at home before taking the College Comp. w/ essay CLEP. For US Government, she brushed up on what she knew from 9th grade American History class, and found it to be pretty easy. She did have an AP Government review book and studied the important cases; there are some questions about Supreme Court decisions on the test. She also used the REA book and did the diagnostic, studying what they pinpointed as "weak areas" before doing a practice test. Sociology was probably the easiest CLEP she took so far. All of the CLEP tests she has taken I bought the REA CLEP book for it. REA CLEP books have a diagnostic and 2 practice tests in them. Typically, you want to try and score 10 points higher on a practice test than you need to pass. From my experience, actual classes are not necessary to pass CLEP tests if you have a dedicated student who will study for the CLEP tests. The Spanish CLEP is the only one where I would say in order to get a 63 you probably need through Spanish 4; it is very difficult.
  7. I know CLEP tests aren't accepted at as many universities for college credit as AP exams, but I wanted to share our experience with them. Over a year ago, I found out about CLEP tests and that at some universities, they are accepted in lieu of a subject test to prove proficiency as a homeschooler. Thus began our CLEP test journey. So far, dd has passed a number of CLEP tests and has 24 college credits from them. Spanish CLEP was the hardest; she passed level 1 (in our state, you have to get a 63 to pass level 2 Spanish). Macroeconomics, College Algebra, US Government, Sociology, and College Composition with Essay are the CLEPs she has passed so far. I like CLEP tests because they are less pressure than some other tests. Also, CLEP tests are out of 80 points, so a 50 is usually the minimum passing score. Not many people know about CLEP, even though it is run by the College Board. Anyone else a CLEP test fan?
  8. My dd17 applied to 6 universities; 4 back in August and 2 last month. She was accepted to University of North Florida with a merit scholarship, University of South Florida (fingers crossed for a merit scholarship; she will hear mid-November), and Texas A&M (academic admit for out-of-state). Thankfully, dd qualifies for the Bright Futures scholarship here in Florida, so tuition at in-state u's is 100% free with that. We have to wait on 3 other universities which typically don't send out acceptances until January or February. It's so nice to have acceptances from rolling admission schools, as well as one that had Early Action. When one of our acquaintances found out my dd got into UNF and USF (this was before the TAMU admit), he was floored. It was obvious he had a misconception about homeschooling. 😉 Let's hear it for homeschooling!
  9. We used HSA last school year. Yes, if you try to schedule sessions right now with HSA, it can be tricky. However, what I did was schedule DD with 3 different tutors and then figured out from there which one was the best fit and tried to use the same tutor. I read the bios of lots of tutors and picked three after doing that. The further out you schedule, the easier it is. Also, if you call HSA they can help you schedule a lot of classes and it's easier and faster than using the website scheduler. They have a one free session offer on their site.
  10. You could try Homeschool Spanish Academy. My DD took Spanish 3 with a tutor from HSA and we were pleased with the outcome.
  11. @Monica_B My youngest is in 8th grade, and he is taking a couple online classes this year. One of his online classes (a writing class) is with Kolbe Online Academy. His teacher is excellent. My oldest, who is now a senior in high school, also took an online class with Kolbe Academy last year and the teacher was amazing. I know people do sometimes have their kids take all their classes online, but I allow a maximum of three online classes/year for my kids. Online classes are going to include more or a different kind of work (sometimes busy work), than I give in homegrown classes, and they will have hard deadlines. Kolbe is pricey, but I feel like it's worth it for some subjects for my kids; they aren't doing all their online classes with Kolbe. Also, Kolbe is one of the few providers I know of that offers online clubs for free if you enroll in an online class with them (coding, newsletter, Spanish club etc.). I do know that Kolbe is in the process of getting regionally accredited (they've had national accreditation for years). One of the downsides to Kolbe is their virtual orientation, which students must complete by passing various quizzes at the start of every year regardless of whether they are new or a returning student. Part of why they have virtual orientation videos and quizzes is that they have 4 different sites for students and parents (some are for students only). But, new students can attend the weekly "Homeroom" class for free, where they interact with their peers, and study skills are taught. So far Kolbe has been worth the cost, but don't feel like you have to do all Kolbe classes for high school. There are a variety of good providers, as others have mentioned.
  12. Wow, that is very illuminating about how different universities are viewed. I always suspected that was the case that certain institutions were favored. Thank you for sharing your experience. My DD will be attending a state public university next year. I think the community college route to a 4-year state school is a great option. Kudos to you for having kids who are still active in the church; you've done a great job!
  13. Not to make light of what is in the linked article about Falwell, but I have to say there are a few different Christian colleges/universities that come to mind that have an issue. As far as I can tell, both Liberty University and Cedarville University are regionally accredited, which is better than a national accreditation. Do some employers not consider grads of Christian colleges/universities? I would say very likely that's the case, although some employers may prefer grads of Christian colleges. As far as dual enrollment, my DD took the online DE Probability and Statistics via Liberty University Online Academy and it was an extremely well done course. Compared to the online courses I've paid for during DD's high school years and the "free" online courses we have used (public school online), the LUOA DE course was over the top amazing quality.
  14. @madteaparty Well, I have signed up with the College Board to be the AP teacher for Calculus for my DD. However, my DD is only on the list to take the AP Calc exam with our county; the county person in charge of ordering AP exams will not be placing the order until late October.
  15. This is my first year doing AP exams, and I have a senior, but from what I understand, this is a magical year. Due to the AP exam registration deadline being moved up, the College Board is not doing its usual of reviewing your AP syllabus, but next school year it's back to their usual protocol of reviewing/approving syllabi. All I did was use the form syllabus College Board provides for AP Calculus. After a day or two I called CB/AP and was officially approved and got into the AP teacher area they have. As far as paying for the exam, I haven't done that yet. Our school district has a person in charge of ordering the AP exams; I found out his name by contacting the high school we are slated for, and getting in touch with the person in charge of AP exams at that school (we will call her Sue). Well, Sue introduced me to "Pete," the person in charge of AP exam ordering for our county. I emailed Pete the AP exam I wanted my daughter to take in May, and he said he put her on his AP exam list, and that when registration closes sometime in October, he will let me know where to send my $94 check to pay for the one AP exam. He will also, after I pay, give me the exam code. Now, I do know already that I have to be the one to follow-up with Pete in October, as I want to be sure he remembers to get my daughter registered for the AP exam. I don't know anything about Total Registration. I only know what I've done so far. I have my account as an AP teacher. I hope this helps a little.
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