ACT Test Information

"Home schoolers continue to exhibit academic excellence on national averages for the ACT test..."

The ACT college admission exam scores show home­schoolers consistently performing above the national average. In both 2002 and 2003, the national home­school average was 22.5, while the national average was 20.8.

The College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) also notes the above-average performance of home­schoolers. In 2002, home­schoolers averaged 1092, 72 points higher than the national average of 1020. In 2001, home­schoolers scored 1100 on the SAT, compared to the national average of 1019. (2003 home­school statistics not yet available.)

The evidence that home­schoolers are academically excellent is nothing new, but further confirms that home schooling works and is an enduring trend in education.

The SAT is a three-hour test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills students have developed over time and skills they need to be successful academically. Many colleges and universities use the SAT as one indicator among others-class rank, high school GPA, extracurricular activities, personal essay, and teacher recommendations of a student's readiness to do college-level work. SAT scores are compared with the scores of other applicants, and the accepted scores at an institution, and can be used as a basis for awarding merit-based financial aid.

The SAT is scored on a scale of 200-800 (for math and verbal) and is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. The test is administered several times a year.

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