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Preparing Your Teen for College Entrance Exams

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

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There are several things I would change if I could go back and redo some of my homeschooling during the teen years. I would have spent more money on my three children, (wanting to attend college) to help them better prepare for college entrance exams.
I have always been and will always be a saver and I like to buy only when something is on sale,... if possible. So when opportunities come that cost, I do my best to figure out how to do it myself and save!
If I would have known about College Prep Genius, coupled with what I know now about scholarship money freely given to students with great test scores, I would have gladly spent the money and taken the time to help my teens learn how to take these test (SAT, ACT,) with confidence!
My three teens that went to college each could have received at least $2,000 more at the universities they attended if they had scored two points higher on their ACTs. 😮That would have been a saving of $8,000 each!
I didn't learn about College Prep Genius until my fourth child, and wouldn't you know it, she was the one that wanted a career that did not need college!
  • These tests are not really based on finding out how much your child has learned in school, but the SAT is a critical thinking exam, not a fact-based, content-intensive test. 
  • It does not require students to regurgitate what they learned in school, but rather use basic logical principles to solve various types of problems. 
  • When students attempt to tackle the SAT like a normal test, they often fail.
  • Even really smart students with high GPAs who take AP and honors classes bomb tests such as the SAT or ACT. 
  • Test-makers design these tests to trick the “Average Joe and reward the student who has a critical eye. (Jean Burke)
Beginning to prep now is not too early. In fact, I recommend starting your student in the ninth grade and learning how to take these test by the end of the 10th grade. Giving them the more to do during the harder and more time consuming junior and senior years.
Don't wait until the last minute because these test dates will be here before you know it.

Eighty-five percent of colleges and universities give admittance and scholarship money based on a test score, alone

2021 Test Dates

  • March 13, 2021
  • May 8, 2021
  • June 5, 2021
  • January 26, 2021*
  • February 6, 2021*
  • April 17, 2021
  • June 12, 2021
  • July 17, 2021
  • February 11, 2021*
  • February 27, 2021*
  • April 13, 2021
  • April 17, 2021
  • June 19, 2021
  • February 4, 2021*
  • April 28, 2021
  • March 11, 2021
  • May 5, 2021

Got questions? I'd love to help!  Send me a note!!

Enjoying the journey,


  Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife,, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams

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