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  1. I was curious about your situation as some states have mandated credit for AP classes for scores of 3 and above for public colleges and universities. Apparently, Virginia has not mandated credit but it looks like the Virginia Community College system should give credit for the AP Calc class (see below from Board of Governors website).  What does the AP credit policy show for the particular community college? I would imagine they need to abide by that policy.

    https://go.boarddocs.com/va/vccs/Board.nsf/Public (see Section 5 - Educational Programs) Credit for Prior Learning (C)

    Upon receipt of official test scores, all Virginia community colleges shall accept a score of three (3) and higher for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a score of four (4) or higher for higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of five (5) or higher for standard level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of fifty (50) or higher on CLEP courses, and scores of C or better for Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations when the equivalent course is offered by the college. The colleges assume no responsibility regarding the acceptance of Credit for Prior Learning by other institutions to which the student may transfer.

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  2. I am really curious how this is going to work for English Language, The traditional FRQ is a 40+ minute essay but a single essay wouldn't be a fair guage of the course content. Maybe shorter FRQs similar to the Multiple Choice questions but without any choices given.

    I sure hope they are outsourcing the infrastructure to support all these online tests for over a million students. Their recent in-house infrastructrure couldn't even support large numbers of students logging in to get exam scores each year as they have to stagger the access across a week.  This could be a complete debacle if students can't log in or get timed out etc..


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  3. Apparently the College Board has been surveying students as to whether they would prefer a 45 minute online MC or FRQ test. There seem to be at least two versions of the emails - one for the MC option and one for the FRQ option. It seems that the MC option would be easier to administer - you could randomize the questions and grade it automatically. Curious why they would choose 45 minutes as the time limit - this is much less than the current exams, especially for the FRQ.

     I think this is a move in the right direction but they definitely need to extend the testing window for many students. Not all districts are continuing with online schooling, some have just closed. Who knows in the long-run this may be beneficial for homeschoolers as we wouldn't be at the mercy of school districts to administer the exams.

  4. The College Board has issued a statement regarding AP testing. Looks like they plan on staying with original exam dates and permitting some flexibility for later testing on case by case basis. I don't really think this will hold as more schools close or extend closures from the original two weeks. In Washington State, schools are closed until at least April 24.. This doesn't give much time for AP prep unless instruction continues online.

    I hope they don't cancel as we have spent a lot of time preparing but it seems like there will a lot of disparity in student preparation with current chaotic situation. 

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  5. I'm stressed - this is my first senior.  Of course, just my luck the #1 choice uses the Coalition app instead of the Common app so now we have to make sure we get all the pieces in place for both.  Still trying to finalize the college list. DS would be happy with two but I think we need to have some other alternatives just in case.

    Here's where we are at:
    First deadline - Nov 1 (others due Nov 15 and later)
    App Activities Listing - Ds is working on this. 
    LOR - Completed. 
    Counselor Letter - Working on this. All the samples I read are not helping me. 
    School profile - Completed
    Transcript - Almost Done
    Course descriptions - Hoping I don't have to do these. Depends on final college list.
    Number 1 App Essay - Revised draft but needs some tweaking. 
    Supplement Essay #1 - Possibly some Why this college? types. Haven't started yet.

    FAFSA - No,




  6. 8 hours ago, JoJosMom said:

    Are you looking for program-specific information or campus information? We've been to University of Idaho and University of Montana; I may be able to provide general information.

    You might want to add Washington State University to your list, as well.


    Mostly looking for  information on the general atmosphere/culture on campus. 

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  7. Margaret - 

    Wondering if you have any updates on your dd's experience at Norwich. My ds is really interested in Cybersecurity and they appear highly ranked in that regard. He also loves cold weather. I don't think he's interested in the Cadets at this time but we just started researching.




  8. My ds is a senior interested in Computer Science. We are aiming for our in state school University of Washington. However, CS is very competitive for admissions there right now and they basically say don't come if you don't get admitted directly as a freshman. So, I am looking for some other safeties in the mountain states where tuition would be low due to the WUE program. Does anyone have any anecdotal experience with University of Utah, Universtiy of Idaho,  or Montana?

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  9. 2 hours ago, Brigid in NC said:

    Where did you find your state's homeschool/AP exam numbers? I'd love to see those if they are available in other states!

    When I signed up for a teacher's account, I did it under the Washington State Homeschool code. I have access to reports on all the subjects in which I submitted an approved syllabus. The reports show all the students who took the tests using the Homeschool code including my sons.  Since they took 5 exams this year, I was able to see the number of participants and scores for each of those exams. I was also able to look at last year's reports as well. The reports list the actual scores and grade level for each student and also show a comparison with overall State and National statistics. Art History & Macro had only 1 participant (my ds) while Lit, World History & European History had 2-4 students. I suppose some of the homeschool students may be reported under separate codes for online Academies.

  10. If the College Board really believes this index is valuable, why are they keeping it hidden from students? Don't students have a right to know what kind of information is supplied on them via the CB. If personal data is used to build the index, I believe the student's should have the ability to determine if the index is supplied with their scores as it may influence the admissions decisions. 

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  11. The strangest thing happened today. Dropped my ds off at local high school to take the AP Art History exam. He was the only one taking it so they escorted him to a counselor's office where the counselor would proctor the exam. I arranged to pick him up after the exam. The exam starts at 12:00 and was supposed to last 3 hours. I arrive at 3:00, 3:30 passes, 4:00 rolls around and now I'm really confused - where is he? Stop in high school office to inquire and they confirm he is still taking the exam. Finally about 4:20 my son comes out. Apparently, the counselor reading from the instructions said homeschoolers get an extra hour and a half.  My son told the counselor he really thought it was only 3 hours but she insisted it was 4 1/2 hours. What???  I really hope his score doesn't get cancelled for this. Earlier in the week, I had gotten an urgent call from the school regarding my request for a scribe for ds' broken hand. Scribe??  I informed them at the time that this was a mixup - he did not need any accommodations and he did not have a broken hand. Wondering if they somehow got confused again and gave him an extra time accommodation instead. Anyway, exam seemed to go okay - he was just left twiddling his thumbs during the extra time. Finally, convinced the counselor to release him from the FRQs before the time was up. This will go down as the longest AP yet.  One more to go tomorrow, AP Macro, hopefully they will keep it to the scheduled two hours.



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  12. If you might qualify for financial aid, I would suggest looking first at the list of schools that meet full need. Almost all of these schools would be considered reaches for even the best students in the current admissions environment although some of them might be a match. Many of these are liberal art schools that would be likely to have pretty good philosophy and classics departments. Some of these schools may also provide merit aid for those ineligible for financial aid. However, generally the more selective the school,  the less likely they will offer merit.

    If you think you will qualify for little to no financial aid, then I would look for schools with good merit.  Trinity University in San Antonio has a good reputation as a solid liberal arts univ. with good merit aid that would probably be a match. University of Dallas is a Catholic university which has a strong focus on the classics and philosophy - not sure about merit but I think this would be a match. St. Johns College (in Annapolis or Santa Fe) has a unique curriculum but might appeal. 

    Further afield some smaller liberal arts schools that offer merit and would probably be matches:  In the midwest, Lawrence, Gustavus Adolphus, Denison, College of Wooster, Knox, On the east coast, St. Lawrence Univ, Hobart and William Smith are ones that do not meet full need but do offer some financial aid as well as merit. On the larger side (5000+), try University of Tulsa, University of Rochester, Case Western, Fordham, Wake Forest, St. Louis University.



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  13. Uggh! I just found out from our local school district that they will no longer be proctoring exams for AP courses they don't teach at the school as they did in previous years. So now at this late date, I am trying to find a school in the Seattle area which will administer the AP World or AP Art History exam for outside students.

    I have contacted a number of schools so far with no luck but was hoping someone in the Seattle area might have a lead for a school which they had used in the past that would be open to homeschoolers taking the APs.

  14. Well, I guess I'm at the other end of the spectrum. My oldest was born when I was 38 so his upcoming 18th birthday makes me feel "old".  I have a lot of anxiety about the whole college application process but I'm hoping it will all work out in the end. On a day to day basis, I find it difficult to know where the right balance is between nudging/pushing and hanging back as they get older. DS doesn't show too much interest in college and being independent at this time but I know things can change a lot at this age.

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