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  1. MLA Handbook (7th Edition) https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Gibaldi-Handbook-Writers-Research/dp/B008WDLBR8/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=MLA+Handbook+7th+Edition&qid=1631050854&s=books&sr=1-3
  2. My young man says that it gets better after that, so stay with it.
  3. Times New Roman 9 ETA: I created it in a Word document.
  4. I just discovered this after paying full price for multiple exams. CLEP SUMMER DISCOUNT Get 50% Off Your Next Exam* Take a CLEP exam between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021, and get 50% off when you sign up for a second exam between June 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021.* Use promo code CLEPSUMMER. Register Today! https://clep.collegeboard.org/develop-your-clep-program/create-a-clep-policy/ace-credit-recommendations/b-level-score-recommendations
  5. I can tell you that strong knowledge of grammar and syntax are truly important in law enforcement, especially in reporting writing. For that reason alone, I'd recommend Rod & Staff English which is solid in both. However, if your son would like the workbook style and videos, then BJU Writing and Grammar seems like the next runner-up, though I don't have any personal experience with it. If your son enjoys writing, then I'd probably recommend Writing and Rhetoric or Rhetoric Alive! by Classical Academic Press, but the aforementioned get the job done without having to add anything. I've never used IEW, as it never appealed to us. Also, I found thread that you may be interested in reading:
  6. I'll piggyback @Rootann's comments and add my own theory. Based on this chart found at CLEP STEP... https://clepstep.com/clep-faq/frequently-asked-questions/ ...as well as comparing the CLEP Official Study Guides and the REA CLEP Study Guide, it seems as though there are two kinds of tests: 1. harder questions and less of them, 2. easier questions and more of them. I assume that the information given during the registration process determines which test you will receive. I am guessing that students with less preparation time receive the harder exam with less questions and students with more prep time receive the easier exam with more questions, but I don't know what the cutoff would be (1 month? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year?). The materials used to study may also contribute to which test is received.
  7. This is a good point. In my state (wherein a semester = 1 credit, so two semesters/full year = 2 credits), every 2 credits taken at the college, the student receives 1 credit. For example, if a student takes a 3 credit COMM 101 class, they will get 1.5 high school credits.
  8. I’d recommend giving a grade. The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/blogs/the-real-value-of-grades-on-a-transcript Grading Estimate https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/blogs/grading-estimate
  9. @Melissa B: What made you decide on a 0.5 credit instead of 1 credit each? It is my understanding that you could award a full credit for each. Also, have you considered designating those other courses as honors for passing the CLEP exams? https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/blogs/4-ways-to-earn-high-school-credit
  10. Does anyone include credit for self-study courses specifically for CLEP exams?
  11. Mr. Monk Book Series – Lee Goldberg https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CKBTZJE/
  12. So… our State Department of Education does not create a test form, but the statute requires districts use the questions found on the United States Citizenship Naturalization Test. The state does not establish a defined test window for this assessment. They expect most students will take the assessment in their Junior or Senior year of high school, however, the law allows students to take the test any time after entering the 7th grade. The student may repeat the test as many times as is necessary in order to obtain a passing score. Districts may decide how the assessment is given, i.e. multiple choice, question and answer, orally, etc. Districts will also determine the passing threshold a student will need to meet in order to fulfill the graduation requirement. No, the State Department of Education will not collect students’ test scores. However, schools have to add the completion/passing of the Civics Test to the student’s high school transcript. Civics Questions for the Naturalization Test https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/questions-and-answers/100q.pdf Civics Test Flash Cards https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/flash-cards/M-623_red_slides.pdf Quick Civics Lessons https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/flash-cards/M-638_red.pdf Study for the Test https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/find-study-materials-and-resources This is a requirement only for government schooled students in our state (not Arizona), but I’m thinking that it would not be a bad idea or even difficult to meet those expectations anyway.
  13. Does your state require all secondary students to demonstrate that they have met the state civics and government standard by successfully completing the civics test or alternate path, and successful completion of this requirement must be reflected on the student’s transcript?
  14. We'll be using Chalk Dust Statistics, taught by Dana Mosely, which includes text, solutions manual, and DVDs: https://www.chalkdust.com/stats.html Another similar option is Cool Math Guy also taught by Dana Mosely, which are the same courses but online only without text, solutions manual, and DVDs option, so no resale value: https://coolmathguy.com/about-dana-mosely Perhaps you could create and submit a syllabus to the College Board for an AP Course Audit? https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-course-audit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-course-audit/faqs/submit-syllabus-for-approval https://blog.prepscholar.com/ap-course-audit Maybe someone who knows more about how to do that can chime in?
  15. We used Total Health, counting it as a 1 semester course for a 1/2 credit.
  16. This is a bit off topic, but something else that was helpful pertains to the particular testing center. The first testing center we used for the first two exams printed out the unofficial raw score after each one and gave them to us. The second testing center that we used for the last exam both emailed and printed out the score report, so now I don’t have to scan it. What is more, the two testing centers are night and day difference. All testing centers are not set-up equal. The computers at the first testing center are ancient, the area cramped/confined with wires everywhere at your feet, so uncomfortable as well as hot. Temperature is a big deal for my young man while testing, as well as air flow. Yes, he had to wear a mask during the first two exams, which does effect him. At the second testing center, the computers were better quality, and he had a room to himself so that he could remove his mask while testing. Even though the sitting fee is more at the second, we’ll be returning to that facility for all exams in the future.
  17. It was helpful that a transcript was sent to us after he completed his first CLEP Exam. I kept it for our records, scanned it in, and planned to put it in his portfolio. But then after the second exam, and then the third, and now soon the fourth, all of which were not necessarily planned, I do not want only separate/individual CLEP Exam score transcripts for our records. I want one CLEP Exam transcript to rule them all. 😏
  18. https://clep.collegeboard.org —> Sign in —> My CLEP Account (drop-down overview) —> Request a Transcript —> Transcript Ordering page
  19. In our experience, you can designate which exam scores to send on one transcript. This may seem crazy to some here... but each time my young man completes a CLEP, I request a new transcript to be sent to us at home with all of the exam scores listed. So far, I have been able to pick which ones we want on the transcript with no problems. It costs $20 per transcript. It looks like there are three options: 1. Send All Scores 2. Send only exam scores of 50 or above 3. Orderable Scores (you select from the list which ones to add)
  20. I created a transcript in Word similar to this one: It looks like that original can be found for free here: https://www.scribd.com/document/20976268/Home-School-Transcript-Template or possibly here: https://www.scribd.com/document/20976393/Home-School-Sample-Transcript
  21. Yes, at home. I'm in the process negotiating with a tutor (via Scholé's Tutoring Center) to provide feedback on written work only, not guidance through the course. We are awaiting confirmation that their tutors are allowed to teach in this "unconventional" format. The first quarter begins in July for the next academic school year, so that's when standard tutoring sessions and payment are solidified, but only on a quarterly basis, as per their policy.
  22. Hits: Old Western Culture: Early Moderns – This is our last year with OWC, completing all four years. It’s been a hit every year. My young man has thoroughly relished this curriculum. No regrets. Rhetoric Alive! Book 1: Principles of Persuasion by CAP – It’s straight forward and engaging, a good bolstering before the next book, Rhetoric Alive! Senior Thesis, which we’ll use next year. BJU Spanish 1 – I thought he’d hate more language after several years of Latin, but he’s doing it with no complaints and actually enjoying it. CAP Apologetics online courses by Answers in Genesis — They use Moodle, which can be glitchy, but the content is worth the struggle. We look forward to their WRC online courses as well. Honorable Mentions: I add this list because he has been able to tolerate these subjects with successful progress even though he generally despises them as a whole and would never add them to the hits himself. Calculus 1 by Chalk Dust Company using Calculus of a Single Variable, 9th Edition by Larson and Edwards (Cengage Learning 2010) – Had I known about Dana Mosley sooner, I may have used CD’s Precalculus and Trigonimetry instead of the final Modules of VT for Trig/Precalculus, or perhaps in addition to the latter. Next year, CD’s Stats, for which he’s looking forward and excited. BJU Chemistry – Dry and not exactly fun, but wow does he retain from these advanced science curricula, definitely making him college ready for these courses. He was able to pass the Natural Sciences CLEP just from what he learned and remembered from BJU Physical Science and Biology curriculums, during the two previous school years, with little review from the CLEP and REA study guides. If he was not taking an accredited A&P course next year elsewhere specifically for his career path, I would have had him use their Physics curriculum. He escaped that one. 😏 Misses: Dave Raymond’s U.S. History – For reasons previously mentioned in another post and by another poster, above, I do not recommend it. In hindsight, I should have went with Exploring America by Ray Notgrass. Next year, we’ll use Government and Economics by Notgrass. SAT Prep Genius online course by HSLDA – Not worth the price tag. The instructor was encouraging and offered helpful insight, but the actual course material chosen was worthless, covering useless tricks, and ultimately a waste of time. If the same instructor used a different approach/curriculum, then it could be salvaged. Until then, I would not recommend it.
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