FREE COLLEGE CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!
Full Scholarship — these two words could change your life. Getting free college can be like winning the lottery. Imagine throwing away several trash bags full of college scholarship offers that come in the mail. That’s what happened to my family! (All because of the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT!) For many students, getting just one good scholarship offer could be the difference between community college and the university of their choice.
As a homeshooling family, you’ve already dedicated your time, money and energy for your students’ education, so don’t stop there! Even if you haven’t had a lot of extra money to save for college, scholarships can still come your way. Just because you’ve homeschooled, doesn’t mean that you have to be out of the loop when it comes to finding the scholarship opportunities.
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“I raised my SAT score 300 points in just 6 weeks and have received incredible scholarship offers, many are from schools I didn’t even apply to.” Jordan M., Hawaii
Here are five secrets to finding scholarships and getting free college that even many public and private schools students are not aware of:
1. Realize that full scholarships can be obtained by students who receive certain scores on their SAT or PSAT/NMSQT. A high score can have colleges begging you to enroll who will gladly pay your way. There are usually several full-rides available in each department of most colleges and they love to give them to kids with good test scores.
2. Understand that the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT are tests of critical thinking. They are not about exclusive knowledge or curriculum only learned at public or private schools. Many smart kids (from all academic backgrounds) do poorly on these tests because they don’t understand the test or how to look at the questions logically.
3. Discover that succeeding on these tests can be just a matter of learning the test-taking techniques and recurring patterns found on standardized exams. The questions very often point you to the answers and students can learn to answer them quickly once they discover the secret methods that many others successful test-takers have used.
4. Create a successful game plan. After learning the secret strategies of decoding these tests, incorporate this information into your homeschooling. Spend twenty minutes a day or an hour or two a week practicing these techniques on actual tests from the College Board. This will also keep students from cramming at test time.
5. Prepare your freshman and sophomores to take the PSAT/NMSQT for practice in October and definitely take it in their junior year. This is when it counts for all the big scholarship money. Students should take the real SAT test when their practice scores are above 1500 (the national average) or if they are a senior. The SAT is offered seven times a year and there is no penalty for taking it many times. Colleges usually drop the lowest scores (they don’t average them) and some schools will even take the highest score from each section from different tests.
The home education decision is a life-changing experience and when homeschoolers get high SAT scores and incredible scholarships, it speaks for itself. We spent several hours a week incorporating practice for these tests in our homeschooling curriculum, and in the end, my children received unbelievable full-ride scholarship offers. For us, the sacrifice was more than worth it. We got free college and so can you!
College Prep Genius has been featured on NBC, Fox, CBS, TXA21 & The Homeschool Channel. To find out more information, contact Jean Burk at 81-SAT-2-PREP or email@example.com. To read testimonials of students who raised their tests scores 300-600 points and received incredible scholarships, visit www.collegeprepgenius.com.
© 2012 Jean Burk. Reprinted with permission.