Homeschooling and Examinations

To ensure that homeschooling remains an advantage for your child instead of putting them behind other children in terms of breadth and depth of education, it is crucial that you have them sit external examinations. This will not only provide them with proof of their knowledge in the form of recognized qualifications; it will also allow you to benchmark their progress and needs against a national framework.

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It is conceivable that many homeschooled children do miss out of certain aspects of standard schooling, and it is important to respond to poor examination performance by either returning them to the normal school environment or altering the structure or style of their homeschooling.

What Examinations Should My Child Sit?

In the simplest scenario you should register your child for the standard year-by-year grade school examinations in your state. This may or may not be the common “Standardized Achievement Test”.

The rest of the options really depend on where your child is heading. To prepare for college, they should sit the preliminary SAT (the PSAT).

But bear in mind that homeschooling can be perfect for preparing a child for a nonstandard career path. Many homeschooled children will go on to attend college, but the flexibility of this teaching style also means many will view the world in a more free way and will make their fortunes in small or family businesses.

Establish what your child wants to do and where their talents lie using aptitude and career tests, such as the ASVAB. Many career-guidance resources exist, and most such tests can be taken remotely — or, these days, even online.

At the end of any homeschooling career, the child should aim to achieve their high school diploma. No matter what they go on to do in life, this piece of paper is an invaluable certification of their abilities. The high school diploma you award your child — again, in consultation with the local schools authority — is every bit as valid as the diplomas issued by an actually high school and is almost universally accepted as such.

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