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Sandra in NC

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  1. I went with my son on his first trip to the community college. He wanted his independence, so I waited in the lobby of one of the main buildings and told him I'd be there if he needed me. He found the place he needed to be and met me afterward. It gave him some security knowing I was there. I didn't accompany him again because he felt confident after that first visit. My son needed a score above 500 on the SAT to place into college math, and he scored a 490. So, he had to take the Accuplacer test at the cc. After studying the Accuplacer materials and sample questions at CollegeBoard.com, he took the test and placed into college algebra. If your daughter needs to take a placement test, I'd advise her not to take it right away. Study for it first!
  2. Your students have studied hard for the AP and will hopefully do well. Please consider having them take the CLEP as well while the information is still fresh in their minds. Many schools require a 4 (a "B") on the AP, but they'll take a 50 or a "C" on the CLEP. The CLEP is multiple choice, computer based, and instantly scored. My son scored a 3 on the AP US History exam. If he had taken the two history CLEPs, he'd be entering college with 6 credits instead of 3. For more information, see the FAQ page of this website:Degree Planners
  3. Here's a link to NCSU's policy. 750-800 on SAT or 33 or above on ACT-English = Exempt from First-Year Writing Requirement 700-740 on SAT or 33 or above on ACT-Reading and 28-32 on ACT-English = Eligible to submit portfolio for exemption
  4. Our information was inaccurate, too. I deleted my listing. Did you notice that everyone has a low credit score according to this site? Sandra
  5. http://www.chem.sc.edu/faculty/morgan/resources/sigfigs/index.html There seems to be some abiguity about significant figures for whole numbers as discussed in this tutorial. (5) When a number ends in zeroes that are not to the right of a decimal point, the zeroes are not necessarily significant: 190 miles may be 2 or 3 significant figures, 50,600 calories may be 3, 4, or 5 significant figures. The potential ambiguity in the last rule can be avoided by the use of standard exponential, or "scientific," notation. For example, depending on whether the number of significant figures is 3, 4, or 5, we would write 50,600 calories as: 5.06 × 104 calories (3 significant figures) 5.060 × 104 calories (4 significant figures), or 5.0600 × 104 calories (5 significant figures)
  6. I'd post this on the high school board...you might get some physics pros there!
  7. I just finished an interesting book called You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier. He says the anonymity factor on the web brings out our inner-troll (or inner ickyness) He has a lot of interesting ideas. One is that we should pay for the information we get on the web -- everyone should be billed a certain amount each month for information which wouldl be offset by the information you provide. People who post a lot and have frequently accessed websites/posts will end up with revenue. He believes people should be compensated for their work and for sharing their knowledge.
  8. I took a class last semester at our cc. We used Go! XHTML. It would be very easy to self-study using that book because of the guided exercises.
  9. I posted these for new members on CharlotteHomeschooling.com and thought I'd share them here, too. http://www.degreeplanners.com/?Welcome_to_DegreePlanners:Homeschool_Students:Transcript_Resources
  10. Ditto to Ray Bradbury! His short stories are often thought provoking. I read these loooonnng ago but I still remember one of the stories about sending missionaries to Mars to minister to the native sphere-like beings. The beings maintained that because they didn't have bodies, sin wasn't a problem and they sent the missionaries on to minister to the human settlers on Mars who were getting drunk, fighting, etc. Another author I like is Steinbeck - East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath are two of my favorites.
  11. The instantcert folks are great. If you decide to cancel, you'll have no problem doing so. Here's a site with info about instantcert and CLEP/DSST exams. http://www.degreeplanners.com/?Instantcert.com
  12. If you can afford it, Chapel Hill is a wonderful college town. I lived there for a year and enjoyed it. To me, Chapel Hill is doctor-town -- UNC has a school of medicine and a dentistry school and it seems like every other person is in medicine. I lived there when I was a young adult and I had my wisdom teeth pulled at the school of dentistry for cheap! I don't know much about Durham except that the name carries less prestige than Chapel Hill.
  13. My son applied to 4 colleges. Two are extreme-reach schools!
  14. Sorry to be so late in replying! I don't check this board regularly. I live in Charlotte. Are you nearby? Sandra
  15. On this page it says 106 transfer students applied and 45 were accepted. so that's only 42%. I estimated too high in my first post.
  16. I was the Goldilocks of college, myself! I transferred 3 times...and each time, I lost credits. If a course I took did not match a course offered at the new school, it didn't transfer. I don't remember transferring being difficult, just expensive because of lost credits. Looking at the stats for Grove City, they accept 45-50% of transfer applicants. It sounds like your son is a good student, so he should be in the selected group!
  17. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool2college/ http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/home-schooling-college/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClepForHomeschool/ The WTM forums are the most active I've found.
  18. I am taking an introductory programming class at the community college. We are using Starting Out with Programming Logic & Design by Tony Gaddis, and Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Michael Dawson. We are using a free flowcharting tool called Raptor. I like the book, the materials, etc. and would recommend them for your class. My son is taking a computer science class at the North Carolina School of Science and Math -- they started out with Python in first trimester, moved on to Java in second trimester, and I'm not sure what's on the plate for 3rd trimester..... They are using materials written by the professor.
  19. I have a passion for helping students achieve their college objectives as efficiently as possible, using credit-by-exam to fulfill general education requirements. For information about credit-by-exam, please see my website: http://www.degreeplanners.com/
  20. Your kids will treasure your blog when they are grown and have kids of their own. What a gift you are giving them. Keep up the good work!
  21. The apple peeler is the best! I also love the stackable cooling racks.
  22. Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne Bartleby the Scrivener, by Herman Melville
  23. The SAT II tests aren't very expensive and they are only an hour long. You never know when they'll be needed. NC State University asks for the SAT Subject Math Lvl 2 for placement purposes. They have their own placement tests students can take, but they prefer the SAT II. Perhaps there are other schools that use SAT II for placement, if not admission. Sandra
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