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  1. Thanks for the insight. Our dd is a senior in high school now, so we don't have much time to jump through these hoops. Our state is extremely homeschool friendly, so GA is a big adjustment. This Georgia thing popped up suddenly. Never a dull moment!
  2. It seems to me that Georgia is not homeschool friendly. Am I reading too much into this? How hard is it to apply to college as a homeschooler in Georgia. Any tips will be greatly appreciated. It was very easy for our older daughter to apply in our present state, but the Georgia requirements seem crazy! Please tell me I am not correct.
  3. Yes, getting the accommodation was not difficult. Getting the testing center is not as easy as it should be. I have been working on this since January 25th. Do you remember how long it took for them the get back with you? How long did you know before the test where he would be testing? I just sent an email to them with other possible sites. I am trying to be proactive as I really want her to take the March test. Thanks, Josie
  4. This is needlessly complicated! Here is to the cure for T1D and all the ailments from which our children suffer! Keep calm and carry on! :cheers2: :cheers2: :cheers2:
  5. Unfortunately, the PSAT is a different process than the SAT. The College Board won't "help" find a school for you. You have to call the schools and ask if they will accept your student. We found a private school, but I believe we were only accepted because I know a family who is very active in the school. My friend encouraged the school to accept our dd. They let her bring in all of her T1D gear/food, and allowed her to stop and test/treat if needed, but they were not able to stop her time. It certainly wasn't ideal, but it was better than no accommodation. We were VERY careful with what she ate for breakfast so we could "know" -- if that is possible with T1D -- what her BG would do. She tested and treated, if necessary, during each break. We are just thankful that she didn't tank or spike during the test. Stress can do weird things! I will say that getting the College Board to approve the accommodations for T1D is not too difficult. You do have to send stuff in the mail, but it is pretty straightforward. The number for the disabilities office is 212-713-8333. Call them before you start to fill out the paperwork. The paperwork makes it seem more difficult than it should. Good luck with finding a PSAT testing center. Start early!
  6. Oh, I have banged on the door...twice so far. We applied for and received her accommodation designation over a year ago, but getting her a testing center is proving frustrating.
  7. Has anyone had success getting the College Board to find a testing center for a type 1 diabetes accommodations? How long did it take to find out where the testing would be? We registered on January 25th, and we still know nothing about a test center. There is only ONE school giving the SAT in our county. The others they are looking at are 47 minutes to over one hour away. Why isn't the school in your county required to accommodate? They are required to accommodate type 1 students. I certainly pay taxes for this school. Any insight is appreciated. I am frustrated. It was so easy with my non-accommodated dd.
  8. Look into http://Testive.com. There are free and paid options. Our girls did the free. Make sure your dd reads the rationale behind the answers. Do NOT just answer the question and move on. She needs to understand WHY the answers are correct. The "why" is the part that will help her translate her knowledge to other questions. Also, consider purchasing http://CollegePrepGenius.com. This program teaches the inner workings of the test. The program helps students understand what the questions are really asking. (I am not affiliated with this company in any way, but we have used them successfully.) Oh, and remember that she HAS to study! I mean for hours! Success is all in the practice of the questions. Our older dd swears by the Pomodoro Method. Here is an explanation: https://www.focusboosterapp.com/the-pomodoro-technique Our dd says the 25 minutes is not set in stone, and some find 15, 20, or 30 minutes with a 5 minute break more effective. The idea is to study with great intensity and focus for the study time and then take a break. Breaks can be anything: listening to music, dancing around, drinking tea, or watching a short YoutTube video. Your dd should also take a couple of actual practice tests with the time limits and breaks that she will encounter on test day. She needs to prepare herself for the mini-marathon she will be doing on the actual test day. This will help with her mental endurance. All of this assumes she has at least a foundational level of content knowledge. If she is missing a core section of knowledge, she will need to brush up on that material. http://khanacademy.org can help here. They have subject videos and SAT prep videos. Good luck!
  9. I applied for accommodations for our type 1 diabetic daughter and received approval. I suggest you contact the College Board directly with your questions. I found them very helpful. Here is the phone number for the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities: 212-713-8333.
  10. As others have said, it depends on the school. Make sure you talk to someone who is competent. Bureaucracy and incompetency abounds in the university system. Often you talk to a work-study student who knows less than you do. I would consider emailing in addition to calling.
  11. Our college dd is an associate AAA member on our membership. It is good to know she could get help if she needs it. We have the premium plan.
  12. UPDATE: The process for SAT accommodations for type 1 diabetes turned out to be fairly easy. She has all the accommodations we requested. Call the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities at 212-713-8333 before you begin the process. They are very helpful. NOW for the part of getting the school to accommodate... :mellow:
  13. She does not need extended time, but she does need stop the clock breaks. She also needs to be allowed to take her blood glucose meter, lancet, insulin, syringes, alcohol swabs, and snacks in with her. She needs to be able to test whenever she feels high or low and needs to be allowed to treat a low with snacks or a high with insulin and wait until the treatment takes effect which is usually around 20 to 30 minutes. Thanks for outlining what you did. The paperwork that a homeschool group gave me was absolutely insane. I feel sorry for those who have to deal with schools if they have to do all of this stuff.
  14. I am in the process of asking for accommodations for the PSAT for our type 1 diabetic dd. If you have preceded me in this endeavor, would you please give any pearls of wisdom that you have? Surely to goodness I don't have to create and complete a 6 PAGE Individual Home Education Plan answering to issues that are not even part of type 1. Thanks in advance.
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