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  1. Corraleno is right, and unfortunately strategy #1 would only maintain eligibility for the smaller scholarships that the National Merit Corporation itself gives out. Most, if not all of the large scholarships given by certain colleges to National Merit Finalists are limited to entering freshmen only. Strategy #2 would eliminate both types of National Merit Scholarships, but would keep options open for other freshman scholarships as long as they don't require a student to begin college the fall after graduation (and I have seen a few that do require this). "Students who plan to leave high school a year (or more) early to enroll in college full time usually can participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program if they take the PSAT/NMSQT before they enroll in college. Such students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in either the next-to-last year or the last year they are enrolled in high school. Those who take the PSAT/NMSQT in the next-to-last year of high school will be entering the competition for awards to be offered as they are finishing their final high school year. Those who take the PSAT/NMSQT in their last year of high school will be entering the competition for awards to be offered as they are completing their first year of college." Edited to add: It occurred to me that the student would need to be enrolled in college this fall, i.e. right now, in order to maintain National Merit eligibility with strategy #1. So it may be too late for that--it doesn't sound like enrolling in college in the spring semester would count for NM eligibility.
  2. Ok, here's an Inside Higher Ed article that has a link to the PDF I tried to link earlier: I, too, am wondering what they're going to do with homeschooled students as far as the "school score" goes.
  3. It's not really being dropped--just changed. There will now be two scores on a scale of 1-100, one for the neighborhood and one for the high school, and the scores will be visible to the student.
  4. At the college my dd is starting at next week, there is a difference between how they treat dual credits and AP/CLEP exam credits. Dual credits are automatically transferred when they enroll, whereas they have to "accept" the exam credits, and can choose not to accept some. We learned at her college orientation this summer that her financial aid eligibility would only be good for credits up to 134% of her degree plan. Her degree plan is 120 credits, so she wouldn't be eligible for financial aid after 160 credits, and any credits she brings in count. Dd won't accept 8 of her exam credits at all, and the other 20 she won't accept until the end of her last semester, at which point she may exceed the 160 credits by 1 or 2 credits, but it shouldn't affect her financial aid at that point.
  5. I recently purchased Holt Biology with the online premium teacher resources from Homeschool Buyers' Co-op. For the tests in the online resources, The multiple-choice questions are automatically scored but I can't find any answer keys for the short-answer part of the tests. Are they someplace in the resources I haven't managed to find, or am I expected to have studied the material sufficiently myself to know the answers (which is not what I was hoping for in a "homeschool package")?
  6. My kids have done dual enrollment at Stephen F. Austin State University and at the University of Texas at Arlington. Both would be about $85/credit hour for online, I believe (it costs less for in-person classes). I don't think you have to be Texas residents to dual enroll. For private colleges, Letourneau University and Taylor University offer dual enrollment, but I don't have the costs at hand. Really there are a quite a few four-year universities that offer dual enrollment, so as suggested above, I would check in your state. There may even be one in your area where they could take classroom classes.
  7. I thought I remembered seeing something on the forum about other sites that are helpful for prep for the USACO contests but I can't find the post now no matter how I search! I think it mentioned something like "Codeforces"? In any case, my ds is using the USACO training site but we were wondering if there were other sites that would be useful.
  8. On my phone I can't see this box, but I found that if I tap on "FILTER" at the top right of my screen, I can filter by "My Clubs" and then it only shows the one I'm part of.
  9. He will be applying to some schools that require course descriptions, and only the second semester of the class he took was trig, so I don't think that will work. Good thought, though!
  10. He will want to apply to a few highly selective colleges, in addition to ones where he should be able to get merit aid, so I'm mulling how to avoid looking like he went "backwards" from Precalculus. The book is Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development, 2nd ed. , by Jeremy Gibson Bond.
  11. Thanks for your input! I do have access to the topics in MyMathLab and a list of which are on the placement exam, but I was also wanting to use MyMathLab to prep for the SAT and SAT Math 2 test, so we will probably some additional topics besides what will be on the placement exam.
  12. My ds15, starting 10th grade this fall, took Precalculus/Trigonometry in a terrific local homeschool class last year and did great. I am definitely putting that class on his transcript with the grade from the teacher. We are in the position of needing to chase merit aid and I believe he has a chance at National Merit. But I feel that if he moves on to Calculus this fall, he will not remember his Precalculus well enough by fall of 11th grade. Also, our current plan is for him to take Calculus as a DE course in 11th grade. (The reason he isn't taking it as DE this year is because he is taking two other DE courses and it will be his first year taking DE in a classroom setting--last year he did DE online. So we thought it best to start with a couple of easier in-person classes for 10th grade). He will need to take our local university's math placement test next spring to be eligible to take Calculus, and he will have access to Pearson's MyMathLab to prep for it. It looks like it would cover everything he would need for the SAT/PSAT except Statistics. I'm also planning for him to take the SAT Math 2 Subject Test at the end of 10th grade, so this would be good prep for that as well as it covers some of the topics that are on the Subject Test but not on the regular SAT. I am planning to have him go through MyMathLab this school year and also do Statistics using The Practice of Statistics AP book (using a syllabus I found online but not covering all the chapters). I feel I should call the class "Statistics and (something," on his transcript since it is not just Statistics. I had though of "Statistics and Finite Mathematics" until I read that Finite Math is usually considered to be prep for business, and I wondered if it would look strange to have that after Precalculus. But I don't want to use the term "Precalculus" again, either. I organize my transcript by subject so technically I could just put "Statistics" for this year since he will already have "Precalculus" on the transcript. It just doesn't seem to truly represent the work he will be doing. With his current interests, his likely college major will be Computer Science, possibly with a concentration in game development. (He will be doing a home-based class on game development this year also, based on a book recommended by a WTM-er, but that would not be a math credit). Any advice?
  13. I didn't ask to join when the group was originally created, out of impostor syndrome, haha, but would like to join now.
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