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Home Schooling and College

Unique282Unique282 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
I know this may sound crazy but hear me out. I was wondering if it’s possible to take the sat subject test post graduation. I’m taking a gap year so I won’t be attending college this semester. I plan on attending UGA for 2019. The problem is I feel my lack of subject tests wouldn’t let me stand out or prove I’m smart as I am as a homeschooled student so I wondering can I take them now or just hope for the best with my sat score and extracurricular activities.

P.S I also have to retake my sat in November because I didn’t like my first score when I was in high school.

Replies to: Home Schooling and College

  • chestie69chestie69 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    edited August 2018
    I was homeschooled from 6th thru 12th grade and I too was faced with some universities requiring homeschool students to provide SAT subject tests scores. I did not agree that homeschooled applicants should be evaluated on a different level than traditional applicants and so I just didn’t apply to those schools. When my younger sister applied to college, she prepared and took the GED to avoid the requirement as well. Also, if you haven’t heard of Magoosh for test prep, it’s awesome! I have used it for GRE preparation and loved it! I still use some of the tricks I learned. Not sure if this helps you in your situation but thought I would share.
  • MusakParentMusakParent Registered User Posts: 740 Member
    edited August 2018
    I know a few people who've bypassed homeschool required SAT-2 testing by having another data point and a strong ACT or SAT test score. Such as AP testing and an SAT. Or a dual enroll transcript with at least a handful of classes graded and an ACT. My kid has a 34 ACT and a 4.0 dual enroll transcript and he might throw a couple apps out via the common app to schools that request SAT-2's from homeschoolers. And if they toss him out anyway, so be it. I'm also opposed to padding the coffers of the college board any further and my kid has plenty of data. He has 4 reference letters lined up and a 15 page detailed transcript. Not good enough for you? Oh well, it will be good enough for plenty of schools I'm sure. My kid is applying to auditioned music schools so we've got enough to think about without missing music stuff to schedule subject tests.

    Anyway - I'd focus on having some good data points that reflects your academics and applying to a number of options. If you have other grades or testing, maybe consider focusing on the SAT or ACT.
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    There was only one school that required my lad to take SAT II tests because he was homeschooled and that was Emory. He opted to not even apply to Emory. Problem solved.

    He did have a high ACT, one AP 5 and two DE As (at time of application - added a couple more senior year, but those shouldn't have mattered). He was accepted at 5/6 schools he applied to (waitlisted at a lottery school), got merit aid at all 5, and very happily attended the University of Rochester graduating Summa Cum Laude with two majors and two minors and is now in their med school as a 2nd year student (in their Top 10% of students).

    I think he did fine. Not a single regret skipping the SAT IIs. We didn't do anything super special with his transcript or the Common App either. He did have great Letters of Recommendation and some decent ECs.
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 7,709 Senior Member
    Try to register and see if they accept it. My homeschooled son took the SAT during a gap year. There weren't any issues with the SAT or any of the colleges he applied to either.
  • Unique282Unique282 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    edited August 2018
    Thanks for all of the replies. The reason why I wanted to take sat subject tests was to prove that I deserve to be in college. My parents didn’t grade my school work so I don’t know how to prove my academic skills.
    P.S. I’m trying to get into the University of Georgia and or Georgia Tech.
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    Get a Study Guide or two and take the practice tests to see how well you do (filling in gaps with more learning as necessary). I would think taking a couple of them would be a good idea in your situation. There's definitely no harm to trying (short of getting low scores, of course).
  • Unique282Unique282 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Could I also take some clep exams? I know I won’t get college credit for them but could they help like sat subject test?
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 4,880 Senior Member
    CLEP probably depends upon the college. Why don't you email admissions, explain your situation, and ask? I often have students do this when they have situational questions. Not only does it give them their answers, it demonstrates interest (which many colleges like to see).
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