Do Homeschooled Kids Have to Take a College Entrance Exam?

by Allie Benjamin Google

    Any college-bound homeschooled student seeking undergraduate admission by a university that requires applicants to submit test scores must take a college entrance exam in order to be considered for admissions. The Home School Legal Defense Association's "Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter" recommends to parents that any teen considering applying to college take a college entrance exam during high school, while the material is fresh.

    The Importance of College Readiness

    In 2007, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that there were about 1.5 million homeschooled students in the United States. While the reasons for students being homeschooled vary among individual families, if these students plan to attend college they will be held to the same standards as other applicants. The HSLDA believes that SAT and ACT scores are especially important for homeschooled applicants in order to provide colleges with "objective and credible indicators of [the] student's readiness to do college level work." For additional information and application requirements for homeschooled students, visit the online undergraduate admissions pages of the colleges themselves.

    About the Author

    Allie Benjamin has been writing and editing educational content since 2009. Benjamin holds a Master of Science in publishing from Pace University and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Maryland. Based in Washington D.C., she also tutors high school students in test prep, English and writing.

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