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28 minutes | 11 days ago
Test Prep Mistake 1 Test Books
Test Prep Mistake 1 Test Books Episode 85 Have your kids been told not to write in their SAT test books? Well, that is test prep mistake 1 test books and misinformation! This is a series of mistakes parents and students believe and Jean shows you the facts and even where to find them on the college board website and how to nicely let your test proctor know, without being rude. Did you know writing in your test book (which gets destroyed after the test and belongs to you anyway) is one of the best ways to raise your scores? In this episode, Jean shares insider information with you. Often mistakes are made and this podcast sets the record straight. Free stuff from Jean! Free Resource: https://collegeprepgenius to.com/helpathome/ Free College Video Series: https://collegeprepgenius.com/free-college-webinar-series/ Let me set the record straight: Not only are you allowed to write in your booklet, I encourage it and it’s not just me. The test-makers encourage it too. (links below) Think with your pencil Crystallize your thoughts on paper than solely working out problems in your head. Rather than sift through all the ideas that constantly come and go, you can clear your mind, clear the fog, gain some clarity, and simply write your ideas, or working, down. This strategy is also referred to as brain-dumping. Silly mistakes happen when your mind skips over something that could be instrumental in your understanding. In stressful exam conditions, you need to stack all the odds in your favor. Just note it down in your test booklet. There are several main learning systems and you will generally show a preference for one over the others: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Reading/Writing (which is a subset of Kinesthetic). The more systems you can engage in, the better the learning retention. In an exam situation, you can use this to your advantage by engaging Visual and Kinesthetic (and to a minor extent the Auditory system if you subvocalize when you read). In all sections of your paper, use your pencil to markup, circle or underline the important parts in the question itself. Where you have multiple choice questions, cross out the wrong responses as you encounter them, to reduce your options. There is only ever one correct answer. If there are two that are very similar (or ostensibly the same answer where you cannot tell the difference), then that usually means they are likely both wrong. When you read purposefully with your pencil at-the-ready, you will avoid the need for multiple re-readings of the same material. The process of elimination is key An incredibly useful strategy in every part of your test (except maybe for the essay) is to physically cross off those answers that are definitely wrong, first, and as you encounter them. That’s a heck of a lot of potential clutter. Not only that, to have to read and reread wrong answers wastes precious time. If you ever go back to check answers and if wrong answers are marked, you can quickly revisit your process and not have to rework everything from the beginning. What this mark-up strategy is invaluable for is avoiding something called “decision fatigue”. Once an answer is excluded, it can be dumped—and out of your awareness—for good. Otherwise, your mind could be plagued by indecision and way too many options. “Resolve to resolve,” is what I like to say. Your mind will stay fresh, sharp, and alert. Mark-up is helpful to locate the “low-hanging fruit”—or the easy marks, through a process of elimination. Give questions a ten-second once over. If you don’t know how to answer it quickly and correctly, mark it and move on. Come back to it later. If you have the opportunity to take a few passes through the test, you’ll continually knock off the easiest questions first. A very important strategy is to have a specific way for you to denote the difficult questions, the ones you need to go back and review if you have time. Make it unique. Maybe an asterisk. What I like to do is to draw an open circle. When I go back for review and I am satisfied I have the answer—and so I know not to revisit that question yet again—I fill in the circle to make it solid. Your annotation system means you can always be gainfully busy checking and improving your score. Tips summarized: Identify the low-hanging fruit, the easy questions you can knock off. Use a process of elimination to identify fewer options as your final answer. Then work only on those. Mark those questions you cannot initially do quickly. Most people use an asterisk. I use an open circle that I fill in once I answer that question to my satisfaction. Go back and review questions unsure of or answered, until there is nothing more you can do, or you run out of time. Reading Seems crazy but don’t read the passages first. Read the questions. Underline the key words—especially comparative terms—in the questions before reading the passages. The questions will prime your brain to look for the right information on the first scan and detailed read of your passage. When answering your questions, you’ll be able to skip up to 75% of the passage. Math Math problems and pencils seem destined for each other. Remember however, that many of the questions don’t need full working out to find the right answers. Sometimes it will be as simple as eliminating the obviously wrong choices. There will be times when you are not allowed to use your calculator and use of mental arithmetic is your only option. Don’t work out answers on a calculator if you don’t need to. You may be given ‘scratch paper’ but the booklet can always act as one. Note down formulas and acronyms at the top of your paper. Keep focus and avoid mistakes by writing down even the simplest of things. Just as with the Reading section, if you have to go back to review a difficult question, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off. If you encounter a difficult problem, then some amount of work will help you review it later. When you’re given a diagram, mark it up with all the data that you’re given within the question. Many drawings are often not to scale so proportions derived by your intuition won’t necessarily be correct. If a drawing is not scaled correctly, redraw it. There are a limited number of question-types you can and will be asked. At College Prep Genius you will learn how to approach each and every one of these. There are specific strategies that will see you power through by being quickly able to identify the type. Use your pencil to note what strategy you need to solve it. Writing In this section, you also have very limited time per question. Without factoring in reading time, you have 36 seconds on the ACT and 47 seconds on the SAT. There simply is no way to finish on time. You need a system. Here’s another hint: By marking one of the 13 recurring grammar problems, it is easier and quicker to find the correct answer. For example, if the underlined part of the passage contains the words, “not only” then circle it and find the answer choice that contains, “but also”. As you can see, there are rules you can learn to set you right. Essay You will handwrite your essay using the provided four-lined, blank pages. Print your work or use cursive, but either way, just make it legible. It’s worth remembering that the SAT essay is optional, but you will learn a reliable essay template at College Prep Genius to make it a shoe-in. You should always write the optional essay for many reasons (which is not the subject of this article). What if someone at the test says you can’t mark your test booklet? If you are in any doubt as to the permitted use of the test booklet, or you think others (such as the proctor) at the exam might be unsure, then be prepared. Download and print the official information found in the College Board tweet, and have it ready to present. The official College Board Student Guide notates several times: “Use the test booklet for scratch work.” You will also find information that states, “you will not receive credit for anything that you write in your test book.” Remember, mark-up your paper, cross out what you deem to be the wrong answers, and transfer your chosen answers to the answer sheet. Something is awry if you’ve been asked to write your name on the cover of your booklet but told not to write inside. If for some reason, you are told not to or were prevented from writing in your booklet and it affected your score, then call SAT or ACT immediately. At the very least, you could be offered a refund or a future free test. You can also contact fairtest.org. International testing If you happen to be taking the test in an international center, then know there may be an exception to the booklet writing rule. This is quite normal and has more to do with booklet availability. You can request to write in the booklet if you do so before you sit the test. Make sure you do. Not being able to write in the booklet puts you at a great disadvantage. Additional Podcasts on Financial Information for Colleges here. OFFICE CONTACT INFO SALES: 817.282.7737 ext. 2. LIVE VIRTUAL BOOT CAMPS: 817.282.7737 ext. 3 or collegeprepgenius.com/LiveVirtual HOSTING OUR AWARD-WINNING CLASS: 817.282.7737 ext. 3 or go to collegeprepgenius.com/host. GENERAL QUESTIONS: 817.282.7737 ext. 4 Additional Podcasts: Testing in the time of COVID Checklist 11-12th Grade The post Test Prep Mistake 1 Test Books appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
40 minutes | a month ago
College Checklist 9th – 10th Grade
College Checklist for 9th – 10th Grades ~ Episode 83 with Jean Burk When you navigate college do you have a college checklist 9th – 10th grade need? How can your student be well rounded? GREAT applicants are the key and listen in as Jean breaks this down for you. Be prepared with this college checklist that is grade-specific. First, start your checklist here with Jean Burks Road Map to College you can download it from Jean’s website CollegePrepGenius.com/roadmap Free Homeschool Help! Additional Podcasts on Financial Information for Colleges here. OFFICE CONTACT INFO SALES: 817.282.7737 ext. 2. LIVE VIRTUAL BOOT CAMPS: 817.282.7737 ext. 3 or collegeprepgenius.com/LiveVirtual HOSTING OUR AWARD-WINNING CLASS: 817.282.7737 ext. 3 or go to collegeprepgenius.com/host. GENERAL QUESTIONS: 817.282.7737 ext. 4 Additional Podcasts: Testing in the time of COVID College Checklist 11-12th Grade College Checklist 9th-10th Grade: Do you need a checklist to get you started with all those difficult decisions? Here is some of what is covered. What colleges to apply for College prep planning Curriculum Classes to take Being prepared for 9th – 10th grades The post College Checklist 9th – 10th Grade appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Checklist For College 11-12
Checklist for College 11-12 Grades ~ Episode 82 with Jean Burk Help to chart your course, a checklist for college 11-12 grades! Not everyone goes to college but if you are planning to go this podcast is for you. This is for grades 11 and 12, so juniors and seniors, this is the podcast for you. It is crunch time for the twelfth grade, and the last year of prep for the juniors. You will love this great information! You are going to be blown away by this information! You would have to pay thousands to get this information with a personal coach. Jean Burk’s an amazing author and teacher of getting free college at College Prep Genius has boot camp and classes to help you! There is 24 Billion dollars of worth of college money out there, why can’t you get some of this? Listen to find out how. First, start your checklist here with Jean Burks Road Map to College you can download it from Jean’s website CollegePrepGenius.com/roadmap Additional Podcasts on Financial Information for Colleges here. OFFICE CONTACT INFO SALES: 817.282.7737 ext. 2. LIVE VIRTUAL BOOT CAMPS: 817.282.7737 ext. 3 or collegeprepgenius.com/LiveVirtual HOSTING OUR AWARD-WINNING CLASS: 817.282.7737 ext. 3 or go to collegeprepgenius.com/host. GENERAL QUESTIONS: 817.282.7737 ext. 4 Additional Podcasts: Testing in the time of COVID ***** Why go to College? Why go? College child the ability to get jobs that require a college degree. Teach children to interact with and Freedom, responsibility, learn to deal with a schedule, learn good work ethics ready for a job. Excuses For Not Attending College: Too expensive Too hard Low GPA Additional Test Prep Tests is the CLT which will allow you to stand out from the other standardized tests. Reach out to the CLT for more information. Jean can help you with these issues by using a well thought out plan. Once you remove the excuses and the financial burden what else will you do the next four years that this as productive? If you need a plan here it is! Juniors and Seniors here are the various areas you need to work on: Seniors – taking AP courses to get college credits and shows mastery Low GPA? Alternative transcript – dual enrollment at a college. What if you do not know what you want to do, or what you are good at? Jean recommends: Testing Room Careerfitter.com Yourfreecareertest Assessment.com Juniors: This is your “to-die” year. This is the year for many tests. Don’t be too aggressive. but stay strong in your course load/ AP classes and will help your GPA To-Do List Checklist for College 11-12 Grades: Separate email just for college correspondence Think about the types of colleges you want to attend What do you want to major in? Personality and aptitude tests can help. *Jean names a few on air. Look at college websites. (US Dept. of Education has a link to colleges based on degree.) Make up a list of the safe, reach, and dream colleges. At least 10 of the colleges you want to attend. Contact colleges for more information (to the new email) Reach out to the admission counselors in the colleges. Check the Tuition Tracker. Checklist for College 11-12 Great information you need to know. Be sure to use black ink if you are using something filled out. Never leave a blank space, put in N/A if it does not apply to you. Use registered mail when you send something in the mail. Be sure to write a stand-out essay. (Information on air about the details of this.) Use ZeeMee – a very cool app to add additional information to make you stand out. You can upload photos and videos to this app. Must-Know Information: Transcripts up to the 1st-semester senior year Test scores Letter of recommendation The post Checklist For College 11-12 appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Testing Secrets During COVID
College Testing Secrets In The Time Of COVID ~ Episodes 80 With so much misinformation out there about college testing here are the testing secrets during COVID, Jean Burk with College Prep Genuis is here to set the record straight. Tests are constantly being canceled, and it is such a confusing time. With so much frustration among students and families, here is a simple guide of 5 top tips to help you navigate the uncertainty. If you are the parent of a college to be a student it has been a very confusing time. People are worried, and confused about what to do – is there liability if someone gets sick? Parents are angry with the SAT college boards and ACT college boards. But Jean explains test makers do have a link with updates with cancellations and extended testing time and additional test times. She suggests you pay more attention to the college board websites rather than a friend that has misinformation. Tests may be canceled but not necessarily in your area. The wrong information is being shared and that is the issue. First, one claim is that the SAT and ACT tests are going away. They are not going away. There are some schools that are temporarily suspending the testing for right now. ARTICLE – California school system the USC which has 10 schools out of nearly 5000, and they are coming up with their own test which is similar to the ACT and SAT – Keep in mind there is misinformation out there. 80% of colleges give scholarship money just based on a test score. The reason colleges can not just use transcripts is that different high schools have different levels of difficulty. For example, if a student has a 4.0 or 4.5 transcript in high school in one school, and they are not the same value as a student in another school. On paper, they look the same but the school load or class load can be very different. College Testing: SAT, ACT & CLT: The one numerical component that is fair to all kids is a fair system known as standardized testing. There have been cries that it is biased, but actually, it is not. It is based on logic, reasoning skills, and the ability to answer questions under a time constraint and pressure. It crosses the socioeconomic group as well. Colleges achieve their national ranking based on test scores. Colleges get more money based on ranking. SO, these are extremely important for the college. Five Tips to Taking Test During Difficult Times: Find a location that is having the test. School search button – zip code, schools in your area. It gives you a place to start. If you are not finding a location, your support group your co-op you can become your own test facility. Link collegeprepgenius.com/testingsites — directly to the information you need to figure this out. ACT as well. If the facilities are canceled – you can reschedule or get a refund. To transfer you have to complete the form on the website. Be sure you have the right, email to the account. [Cancelling happens – you can get it canceled by online form or call the phone number. It takes a while to get your refund, so keep that in mind. Alternative tests – if your ACT is canceled see if the SAT is canceled – they are about 99% the same test … still doing well if you know how to logically answer the question and beat the test. The new PSAT date – offering a Jan. 26th If you have a junior right now, don’t take the Oct. test. Wait for the Jan. test you have several more months to promise. National Merit Scholarship is based on the PSAT test only in the Jr. year. One student went up 590 points in your SAT in 5 months! You can get a full ride to just about every school. Full ride, full tuition, dorms, money in cash, the perks and benefits are unbelievable. Oct. CLT – All of a sudden (Classical learning Test – PODCAST) proctored remotely and schools began accepting the CLT that never accepted it before. All schools were accepting the CLT now since the pandemic. Read more about how to beat the CLT – tips CollegePrepGenius.com/clt – information about it. Could apply to a test-optional school without a SAT and ACT not required but to get scholarship money you need a SAT and ACT 0 80-90 percent of students will still submit a score. It will set you apart in a negative way, even though they are not required, it is important to the school. Submit other tests instead of the AP or IB tests, school-administered placement test. Catch: Vary between universities. AP will work in one school and not another. Require means a minimum. Deferred Exam score submission. Allow new students to enroll that they will submit score later when they can –bought yourself some time to study for it. At this point, it is not clear if you don’t make a high enough score, so it is a gray area. It gives you a grace period. But, no scholarship. Special accommodation for high school students – if you are a senior right now, and not taken the test –early registration access to the test. Who has not taken it you will get priority. If you have taken the test it does not apply, but If you have never taken the test it applies. Don’t stop test prep. Use this as a grace period. It is a time to study they are beatable test; it is a different skill test. It is knowing how to take the test. Learning the logic makes the test beatable; the questions are purposely misleading. It is a skill because the colleges are testing your ability to answer questions under pressure in a short amount of time. Your decision should be the institution and not the money on how to pay it. Do not worry about content, learn the recurring patterns, standardized questions, and standardized answers. Success can be yours! 3-Day and 8-week Boot Camp online. Online eCourse at no cost. Proven program with lots of awards. 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22 minutes | 3 months ago
Special Replay: Beat Standardized Test Scores The Right Way
Beat Standardized Test Scores The Right Way Episode 78 We’ve all heard the news accounts of the illegal ways that rich parents try to beat the standardized test scores with high payouts and behind the scenes workarounds. This has caused a backlash and if you have listened to these podcasts throughout the years you realize that Jean Burk has the answers without cheating! Thanks to our sponsor, College Prep Genius, learn more here. Varsity Blues! These people beat the standardized test scores illegally! A CEO paid 75k to have his child’s SAT scores changed. SAT scores were corrected Proctors are flown in to oversee tests 250,000 was paid to say their child had a disability to get extra time on the test. Another family paid to have a child placed on a water polo team that never played the sport. Now there has been a huge backlash and many colleges are reevaluating the entry of students caught up in this scandal. With 85% of colleges relying on test scores alone, input from coaches and proctors now colleges like Yale, Standford and Georgetown are considering expelling or denying some of the applications who had a remote connection to Mr. Singer who owned the company that the wealthy hired, No cheating or wealth needed to beat the standardized scores. Tips For Test Taking to Beat Standardized Test Scores: SAT means logic skills – critical thinking It is the only fair way to level the playing field among students (otherwise GPA would be based only on your high school experience – this varies greatly.) Programs free (Kahn Academy) or 25K – scores only raised approx. 250 points. College Prep Genius has had increased scores up to 600 points! Very inexpensive. No age limits on the test – students can begin early. You can’t start too early! Middle school is a perfect time. Accuracy before speed is important SAT and ACT are all about patterns and rules You can learn how to answer the questions quickly with practice-must answer the questions in 30 to 60 seconds or less Some classes are as high as 25K for SAT and ACT prep – these are only affordable for the rich, however, this is not the norm and you can do so much better with good programs for a fraction of the cost. Check out College Prep here. There are two types of students. The logic minded – sees patterns naturally and the smart student – the rule follower that wants to take the time and really look over every question. You only have about one minute per question and you can’t be a perfectionist and take this test quickly without some practice. Beat Standardized Test Scores – More Tips Test taking is a skill Most standardized tests are written in a similar way One correct answer and all the other answers are distractions No instant success Kids have to practice – daily is best Use testing prep as part of your homeschool class Free college is out there with high enough test scores Go to the SAT or ACT official websites for free question of the day Print out the questions and practice doing things with paper and pencil Don’t only use the computer to practice since the tests are given in a written format Test prep even works for Postgrad tests and Military tests. The post Special Replay: Beat Standardized Test Scores The Right Way appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Replay: 5 Secret Revealed – SAT and ACT
Special Replay: 5 Insider’s Top Secret Tips About the SAT and ACT College Prep – #56 with Jean Burke Are you ready for a series of podcasts that crack wide open the SAT and ACT myth. No, these tests do not evaluate what you know, they are standardized LOGIC tests. Do you understand what to look for? Can you answer some sections in less then one minute a question? In this series, podcast 56, 57, 58 and 59 Jean shares the information you need to crack open the code and score well. This information is something the test makers do not want you to know! Visit our sponsor – College Prep Genius Show Notes: 5 Secrets Revealed SAT – ACT Redesigned SAT is designed by ACT writers One third rule – did better on ACT one better to SAT and one third do equally well on both. The difference in the tests have been changed. Some students didn’t like to sit longer – or on some tests they couldn’t switch their brain fast enough or found it more difficult SAT changing began with – David Colman – he was the architect of common core – he was put in charge of testing and he decided he didn’t like the fact that more student s were taking the ACT over the SAT – the difference was close approx. 1.8 million vs. 1..7 million David Colman hired the best ACT writer’s to improve the SAT and they did – they set up– patterns similar on both tests almost 99 percent the same 4-long sections on both test – students of any age common strategies now – on both tests 12 states including Texas – pulled out of Common Core – private and homeschoolers have not adopted CC – college board isn’t going to get sued… influences and philosophies – testing reading, writing and math …. More on the podcast. There is now an August SAT – rising Junior – extra practice before PSAT before it counts for national merit scholar –26 College board – profile – links –College Board CollegePrepGenius.com/SATdates CollegePrepGenius.com/SATScores SAT – costs six figures to write – that alone tells you that when the college board writes this test – they have to follow the same rules all the time. Once you learn the patterns you can study those. Change had to do with money – they wanted more people to take the SAT – XYZ company got sued by college board – this particular company got caught cheating had the real tests and used those tests to teach their students This is a beatable test – learning the patterns is the key –– cost to write each SAT – 625K for one test… SAT and ACT makers use similar misleading remarks – it is so discouraging and wrong advice… these tests do use high school content – these are filled with logic, and reasoning… but that alone is not enough. You have to approach it with a critical eye. You can not study for the content –but you can study for how the questions are written. The only fair way to compare is with a standardized tests… CollegePrepGenius.com/actcontent CollegePrepGenius.com/Satcontent You can get your SAT and ACT detailed scores back – you can determine your weaknesses and how to combat these There are 3 times a year you can get your test back for a small fee – clean test booklet… CollegeBoard.org Gives you very specific results – ACT – CollegePrepGenius.com/acttir SAT – CollegePrepGenius.com/satqas The post Special Replay: 5 Secret Revealed – SAT and ACT appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
20 minutes | 8 months ago
Special Replay: Caution – Career Path Ahead
Special Replay: After High School – Caution, Career Path Ahead with Jean Burke Podcast #49 It’s time to think about college and now is the time to think about the different career paths. While there are many different paths, the main ones will be covered in this podcast with Jean Burke – “Caution – Career Path Ahead.” Visit today’s sponsor – College Prep Genius Three main career paths after high school are discussed in this podcast on selecting a career path and planning. College Internships – opportunities before high school Costs can vary a few thousand to several hundred thousand for four years Basic degree- BA in Business you should take on another degree. Two Year Degree –Jr. College Different types of jobs requiring 4-Year Degrees Different types of jobs requiring a Master’s Degrees Workforce: Vocational Degrees Costs approx.: – $1 to 12-15K After high school may have a job lined up. Military: Different branches in the armed forces GI Bill – pay college Officers – for law or medical Top Military school – West Point or Annapolis Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines Enter ROTC program in college FisherHouse.org | Feea.org/programs/scholarships The post Special Replay: Caution – Career Path Ahead appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
27 minutes | 9 months ago
Special Replay: The Perfect College For You Is…
Special Replay: The Perfect College For You is.. with Jean Burke There are nearly 5K colleges across our nation and there are so many to choose from. Which college is right for you? What is the best fit for you? Jean Burk explores this question. Visit today’s sponsor – College Prep Genius The best fit for you is the one that FITS you! The more info you write down is the best. The college search: Local? Where your parents went to school? Your friends are going? Size? Larger vs. Small School Location? How far is the college from my home? Special classes you want to take. Research of Education nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator College by rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges Think about your own personality, career goals What type of activities does this college offer Does it have your major Do you play sports? Does it offer that sport? Admissions requirement Use the acronym GREAT G – Grades – GPA R – Rankings E – Extra curricula activities – clubs and associations, leadership skills A – Activities – community service T – Test scores -85% colleges admit and give money based on test scores The post Special Replay: The Perfect College For You Is… appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
39 minutes | 9 months ago
Special Replay: College Selection Checklist
Special Replay: Jean Burke explains the importance and gives a detailed college selection checklist for students looking for the ideal college. She explains the college search, the type of school to consider, where to look, large vs. small school and criteria to consider. This college selection checklist also contains a list to some amazing website recommendations to help you make your own custom spreadsheet using the criteria you want to select the perfect school for you. Celebrate with us! Jean Burke is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady! Visit our sponsor – College Prep Genius Podcast by Jean on Transcripts – http://ultimateradioshow.com/transcripts-your-key-to-free-college/ Show Notes: College Selection Checklist College Search Personal Criteria –make a list. Location Cost Size of the school Type of School Community College 4-Year University Technical / Military School Where to Look –Nearly 5,000 Colleges in USA Internet sites Start at a school College Board – great resource Accreditation Search College Navigator Cappex.com – creates a profile Best College Rankings Talking to family and friends Visit College Safe school Reach school Dream school Large vs Small schools: Large: more courses, anonymity, greater ranges of activities and organizations, larger libraries, graduate departments. Small school, more personal atmosphere, meet professors and students, individual participation and interaction, flexible programs Request Information via mail School criteria: Scores Size – depends on personality 5000 10000 30000 or more College worksheet, application and college selection checklist High school Prep Genius Book by Jean Burke – 50 things to look for Downloadable Worksheet Location Size – not only physical size, enrollment of students Cost – not only tuition – Fees Room and Board Transportation Application Fees More expensive schools have more money to give out Tuition Tracker -online Affiliation –public, private, proprietary school Urban or rural locations Religious Affiliation Diversity – looking for this and will “pay” protestant look for a Catholic school – schools look for diversity Facilities on Campus – Campus security Recreation –gym on site Medical or Clinic facilities Majors and academic requirements School requirements – have way lower than your score they will Some broad majors Specific majors Undecided Want a 4-year major and be done or… Some majors don’t lend themselves into jobs afterward Photo Credit: DepositPhoto.com All Rights Reserved, Copyright leungchopan The post Special Replay: College Selection Checklist appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
37 minutes | 10 months ago
Special Replay: All About Mandatory Testing
Special Replay! Want to know all about mandatory testing? Or is testing even mandatory? Want to know all about mandatory testing? Or is testing even mandatory? In this podcast with author, Jean Burke you’ll learn what is expected for college entrance and the standard – as of now, that yes, testing is mandatory for college entrance. Learn more in this podcast. Jean Burke is a contributor on Fox News – featured on Fox & Family with Lisa Brady Sign up for Jean’s ezine to receive her free eBook: Goodbye student loans – visit her website here. Give Jean’s show a “star” rating on iTunes! Click iTunes above! Or listen on your favorite podcast app. CollegePrepGenius.com/roadmap – download free ebook from Jean Burke Show Notes: Mandatory Testing What is a standardized test? Will people stop using standardized tests? Standardized tests are required for typical college entrance. SAT and ACT tests level the playing field 0 differs from high school to high school 85% percent of colleges admit and give scholarships on test scores alone. Use reliable sources, don’t believe just anyone who says students no longer need to take standardized tests Standardized tests level the playing field. Homeschoolers typically score higher on SAT or ACT Prep books don’t help as well as understanding strategies Roadmap to studying for tests – see Jean’s site at CollegePrepGeinus.com As homeschoolers, you can incorporate test prep in your homeschool curriculum Not understanding the test can be more stressful Once you understand the recurring patterns and standardization of the test you can answer the questions in thirty seconds or less. Important information for college entrance – includes mandatory testing GPA Rankings – not as important but a factor Community Service, Sports, clubs, part-time jobs Test score The post Special Replay: All About Mandatory Testing appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Replay: ABC’s Of Early College
Special Replay: The ABCs of Early College Podcast #64 Do you know the ABC’s of Early College Admission? Whether you are getting college credits or an AA degree, you may be considered a transfer student, and you may miss out on scholarships – low-cost college and credits. If you’ve ever considered this option, listen to this podcast for great information from Jean Burk. Visit our sponsor – College Prep Genius Show Notes: ABC’s of Early College What are some college trends? 66% of college graduates are ending up with 100K of debt. The unemployment rate is 9% — nearly 38% work in positions that don’t require any college at all. Low-cost college and credits Bachelor’s degree can make 182% more per week College tuition increased by 600% 12 Early college benefits? For homeschoolers broadens their course offerings Enhances academic rigor Avoids duplication of course work Increases their schedule flexibility – earn extra minors or majors Tend to finish college as a whole Earning a technical degree or certificate while in high school Shortens your time to earn a degree Reduce college costs Transferable college credits – basic or core credits Earning high school and science simultaneously Building your student’s confidence Still, home so you can guide and coach them Name the 3 main types of early college? Build an amazing transcript – Podcast 1 -http://ultimateradioshow.com/transcripts-your-key-to-free-college/ Podcast 2 – http://ultimateradioshow.com/transcripts-your-key-to-free-college-2/ AP – advanced placement credits By college board – same people who make the SAT Challenging and show mastery Approved by the college board Online, or buying the books and study on your own, take courses by AP teacher who was authorized by the college board Listen to the audio for recommendations for official AP courses online 38 courses your students can take CLEP—College level placement Be prepared to be sure it all transfers to the college you want to attend. Made by the college board, 2900 colleges and universities accept them, there is a cost for test and test center. No age limits or restrictions Tests are 90 minutes long Testing centers listed on College board website. Official study guides by the college board Dual Enrollment – early enrollment Sometimes credits don’t transfer High school and college at the same time The transition from high school to college easier Core classes out of the way What test scores are required? The entrance exam is still needed for college even junior or state college Scores need to be high enough on SAT and ACT for admission, check the college of choice The post Special Replay: ABC’s Of Early College appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
51 minutes | a year ago
Best of College Prep Genius: Must Know College Checklist
Best of College Prep Genius – Must Know College Checklist with Jean Burke When you are ready to visit a college do you know what to look for? Here is the must know college checklist of important information to find the very best college for your child. Celebrate with us! Jean Burk is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady! Visit our sponsor – College Prep Genius Podcast #54 Replay Must Know College Checklist Show Notes Visit top two schools, Ask yourself questions; Am I comfortable walking around? Can I be friends with these people? Make a checklist to compare colleges Apply to 5-6 schools, safe schools, reach schools, and dream schools Links we disucssed: Data Base of Accredited Colleges: utexas.edu/world/univ clas.usl.edu/CLAS/american-univeristy.html Remember there is no perfect college Check the school website for visit dates Contact admissions counselor for personal date Go on a weekday to get a feel for the campus Try to schedule an interview while you are there Ask if the school offers reimbursement for travel fees Make travel arrangements as soon as you can Arrange for an excused absence to take college visits Try to talk to the dean or professors Sit in on one or more classes Take a tour of the campus Visit the bookstore student center or library Spend the night in a dorm to get a feel for the housing Eat in the cafeteria to see if you like it Meet with the admissions counselor face to face Wander around the campus by yourself Talk to students at the college and ask about their experience Visit around the school to get a feel of the area Questions to Ask Academic Advisor – What is the average class size for the freshman How many of those students returned the following year What makes this college program special How easy is it to switch majors How does the school help the student adjust to college life Is there Greek life or social groups at this school Is the Greek System important to this school What organizations are the school partnered with What does the tuition cover Are there hidden fees Work study jobs How safe is the campus What does the housing scene look life Are freshman allowed to live off campus Are freshman allowed to have their own car Campus parking situation Does the school offer campus wide tutoring How big is the average class size Things to ask the students at the college Thing they like most about the college The worst thing about this college Why did they pick this college Would you pick this school again if you had the chance If I need help how acceptable are the professors here Are the professors down to earth What do you like about your department Do you like the professors Are the professors teaching the classes themselves or is it done by a TA How diverse is the student body How is the cafeteria What do you do for fun here How close are the shopping center How are the dorms Which dorm is best Are the dorms nice What is the one thing you wish you knew ahead of time The post Best of College Prep Genius: Must Know College Checklist appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
18 minutes | a year ago
Special Replay: Teen Consequences
Teen Consequences – Special Replay with Jean Burk In this episode, Jean explains teen consequences and the importance of communicating, cultivating and choices! Teen consequences can be life changing or life shattering – we want teens that are successful, happy and make good choices. How do we encourage our children to do that? They are not adults contrary to what the “world,” says – based on age. Here Jean shares some very practical advice and options for you and your family. Podcast 36- How To Raise Competent Teens Podcast 37- Teens Making Great Choices Podcast 39 – Teen Success – Great Teens Yes, This Means You Jean is the award-winning author of college prep genius – the no-brainer way to get free college. She is a FOX News contributor as well as making many other appearances on television and radio networks on the topic of the SAT. Find More information about Jean’s award winning program here… The post Special Replay: Teen Consequences appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
29 minutes | a year ago
Special Replay: Teens Making Great Choices
Teens Making Great Choices Podcast 37 with Jean Burk Podcast 36- How To Raise Competent Teens Podcast 38- Teen Consequences Podcast 39 – Teen Success – Great Teens Yes, This Means You Jean is the award-winning author of college prep genius – the no-brainer way to get free college. She is a FOX News contributor as well as making many other appearances on television and radio networks on the topic of the SAT. Find More information about Jean’s award winning program here… The post Special Replay: Teens Making Great Choices appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
50 minutes | a year ago
Best of College Prep Genius: Checklist Before College – Dorm Life
Checklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burke College dorm life can be scary and exciting at the same time. In this podcast Jean Burke shares her long list of things to bring and not forget. Still preparing for the SAT Test? Visit the website for test prep info – on your phone or in person. Show Notes – Checklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk What can fit into a VW Bug? all right reserved, Jean Burk 2017 Toiletries – personal items Mattress protector and bedding CD player – speakers Alarm clock – double set clocks Pictures from home – decorations Bring towels Small refrigerators of your own Broom of swifter Garbage container with bags Computer chair Reading lamp Drying rack Computer with wireless Printer/ paper Flash drive Food – cooking/cups, silverware, plates or bowls Sharing bathrooms – own stuff Your own stuff – soap, dish rags Portable fan Hangers Irons or iron boards – ask about permission – steamer, spray Laundry bags – pop-up baskets Detergent pods Medicine – first aid kit Microwave White and black threaded needle Shower caddy Hygiene stuff Television Headphones Wireless external speakers Duct tape Toolbox with basic tools Power strip with surge protector Bookshelves Fireproof boxes – name and address List of contacts – family members and addresses Stationary or cards The post Best of College Prep Genius: Checklist Before College – Dorm Life appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
53 minutes | a year ago
Best of College Prep Genius: How To Avoid 6 Common Freshman Mistakes
How To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes by Jean Burk Better to be safe than sorry – right? Here are some things your child may think when they leave for home, now is the time to go over some of these very common freshman mistakes. Still preparing for the SAT Test? Visit the website for test prep info – on your phone or in person. Show Notes: How To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes You can eat anything you want You can stay up all hours of the night and make it to my 8:00am class Stay up all night – or partying You can ask other people to get you a drink – beware! never assume your face never accept a drink from a new friend people can put things in your drink Introverts? Don’t make any friends You have to be the same person you were in highschool Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? Click here to learn more! The post Best of College Prep Genius: How To Avoid 6 Common Freshman Mistakes appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
36 minutes | a year ago
Best of College Prep Genius: Checklist For College – Car and Personal
Checklist Before College – Car and Personal with Jean Burk Do you need a check list for college prep? Have you considered what you need for your car or personal items that are necessary to make your life easier away from home? This is a great broadcast for teens and parents approaching those college years. If you are still studying to take the SAT or PSAT test – check out the College Prep Genius course – online or live classes. Podcast #47 Car Care Inspections or have a mechanic check it out Supplies to change a tire and know how to change one Car insurance card – keep in glove compartment and insurance Drivers License up to date Emergency roadside kit – good flashlight Change of clothes Warm Jacket or blanket Bottle water Jumper cables or portable battery jumper Spare car key Five dollars in quarter or twenty dollar bill Map of area or surrounding area Roadside assistance program. Most states drive license – 800 number for stranded motorists Personal – Dental check up before you head out Doctor’s checkup Medical records for school Take your refills and transfer prescriptions to campus or near dorm Medical Insurance Records Cell phones School supplies Backpack Preloaded credit card or cash Umbrella Favorite book, movies Sports Equipment Personal items -important, put in lockbox or fireproof box Check for what is permitted on campus Cell phone – be sure there is coverage at your college Photo Credit – Depositphoto.com all rights reserved. © Melpomene Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? Click here to learn more! The post Best of College Prep Genius: Checklist For College – Car and Personal appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
36 minutes | a year ago
Best of College Prep Genius: College Grants
Best of College Prep Genius: College Grants What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burke shares her knowledge with you! College GRANTS College grants consist of the money you don’t have to pay back. Gov. grant FAFSA – mistakes and how to sign up for it. Some colleges offer endowments – such as the Moody Bible Institute through federal and institutional grants. The education part is paid through grants. Keep in mind a big name or high price tag school often offers more opportunity. Test scores help but income bracket also helps – Standford by definition says 144K is low income. For example, law schools are ranked in the top six, top ten, top sixteen. You don’t want to rule out a college because of money. Or it appears to be out of your reach, you never know. Are you a resident of a certain state? You may be surprised at what grants are offered some in the form of entitlements. Federal Pell Grant – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA Federal supplemental (FFEOG) Academic Competitiveness Grant ACG National Smart Grant SMG College Grants — TEACH Grant Cost-Containment Programs Tuition Equalization Grant –Private school in-state tuition. College for all Texans, for example. If you meet the college costs and how much your family can pay. 2.5 GPA — if tuition cost is more than the private school you can qualify for a tuition grant. Reciprocity — Some states will provide reciprocity for other states. In-state tuition to a governing state. MSEP – Midwest Student Exchange Program. Non, resident (listen to the podcast for more information) go to a neighbor or nearby state can reduce the cost of tuition. Western undergrad exchange — Arizona, Alaska ca Idaho, Hawaii – reduces instate tuition. Look at the New England reciprocity program. One of the best websites is the Sallie Mae website. FAFSA – stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Maximize chances for getting the student aids. October 1 is the first day – and do it as early as possible or the money is gone! You must have this filled out first. LISTEN Federal Pell Grant – FPG – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA – the most financial money. The undergrad who has not earned a professional degree yet. Start with FAFSA – every year must be filled out. Depends on the school year, student, max. award around 6K – Cost of attendance, whether the child is working in the school or not. Federal Pell Grant – Iraq or Afghanistan Service Grant – parent died under the military, eligible for additional money under the age of 24 and enrolled in college. Federal supplemental (FFEOG) federal supplemental opportunity grant — low-income undergrad students who need a lot of help – 4K per year just depending on your personal situation. Most colleges participate in these grants. No additional funds are available once you get these funds. Check the college website or financial aid dept of your college for more information. Academic Competitiveness Grant — ACG and the National Smart Grant SMG-Two programs that fall under improved math and science instruction. Take on more challenging courses in high school and helps your child become more successful in these areas. High demand in the global economy – technology or engineering. Available to students. TEACH Grant – Teacher education assistance for college and higher education. Take specific classes to get the grants themselves and do a certain type of job or it will turn into a loan. The sooner you apply the more money you can get. Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey. Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson. Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you? Click here to learn more! The post Best of College Prep Genius: College Grants appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
39 minutes | a year ago
Best of College Prep Genius: College Selection Checklist
College Selection Checklist with Jean Burke and Felice Gerwitz Jean Burke explains the importance and gives a detailed college selection checklist for students looking for the ideal college. She explains the college search, the type of school to consider, where to look, large vs. small school and criteria to consider. This college selection checlist also contains a list to some amazing website recommendations to help you make your own custom spreadsheet using the criteria you want to select the perfect school for you. Celebrate with us! Jean Burke is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady! Visit our sponsor – College Prep Genius Podcast by Jean on Transcripts – http://ultimateradioshow.com/transcripts-your-key-to-free-college/ Show Notes: College Selection Checklist College Search Personal Criteria –make a list. Location Cost Size of the school Type of School Community College 4-Year University Technical / Military School Where to Look –Nearly 5,000 Colleges in USA Internet sites Start at a school College Board – great resource Accreditation Search College Navigator Cappex.com – creates a profile Best College Rankings Talking to family and friends Visit College Safe school Reach school Dream school Large vs Small schools: Large: more courses, anonymity, greater ranges of activities and organizations, larger libraries, graduate departments. Small school, more personal atmosphere, meet professors and students, individual participation and interaction, flexible programs Request Information via mail School criteria: Scores Size – depends on personality 5000 10000 30000 or more College worksheet and college selection application checklist High school Prep Genius Book by Jean Burke – 50 things to look for Downloadable Worksheet Location Size – not only physical size, enrollment of students Cost – not only tuition – Fees Room and Board Transportation Application Fees More expensive schools have more money to give out Tuition Tracker -online Affiliation –public, private, proprietary school Urban or rural locations Religious Affiliation Diversity – looking for this and will “pay” protestant look for a Catholic school – schools look for diversity Facilities on Campus – Campus security Recreation –gym on site Medical or Clinic facilities Majors and academic requirements School requirements – have way lower than your score they will Some broad majors Specific majors Undecided Want a 4-year major and be done or… Some majors don’t lend themselves into jobs afterward Photo Credit: DepositPhoto.com All Rights Reserved, Copyright leungchopan Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy! Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner. As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families. Click here to learn more! The post Best of College Prep Genius: College Selection Checklist appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
25 minutes | a year ago
College Admissions Adversity Score
College Admissions Adversity Score Episode 79 What is the adversity score? The adversity score is designed to help the underprivileged with fifteen factors that are considered for the “adversity score” to be considered valid for a student. College boards do not measure adversity. Or you can be a poor student who lives in an area that is considered “wealthy”… Thanks to our sponsor CollegePrepGenius visit the website for more information. What do you think about the adversity score? Jean believes it is a horrible idea and that lawsuits will soon follow. It is a method of “gaining” the system and almost an answer to the college scandal where wealthy families paid to beat the college entrance system. One of the methods for being considered in an adversity score is your zip code – Jean says her home is in a zip code area that would be considered as disadvantaged. Did the admissions scandal cause the institution of the adversity score? To determine and adversity score students take the questionnaire and it is done on a voluntary basis so anyone can fill this out and claim adversity. It hopes to be instituted in 2021. David Coleman changed the SAT in 2012 – not wanting to lose the income he made the SAT very similar. Students will be branded by pseudo-psychological questionnaire. SAT is for college-ready students. Not all adversity can be measured. For example, these are based on 15 questions based on socio or economic adversity – kids never see the scores – the colleges see them. Dehumanizing message for the students – these points of data do not correctly portray the student’s ability. Adversity Score Depends On: Where do you live? Do you have one parent or no parents Certain things about their background College Board – Social Conscience? Here is why: Disadvantage criteria of “X – Y – Z” is subjective The student is not considered wealthy if they live in a specific zip code This eliminates merit Similar to a trophy given for participation Adversity score orchestrated by David Coleman of college board fame and common core architect Socialism is used – the survey is voluntary Allows kids not to take responsibility You don’t need the adversity score – it is better to learn how to overcome adversity. Earn it by practicing test taking (free online) Fifty schools are on board because they are considered underprivileged – once you get into college you have to make the grades. Free or low-cost testing: Free tests online – baseline score CollegeBoard – test #1 collegeprepgenius.com/ofsgsat Print ou the test and take it yourself Get the app CAPEX.com – create a profile – criteria – SAT score and rankings – some schools you are thinking of going to – it will show you a graph of the schools that will accept your score College entrance approx scores: 1100 — scholarship 1200 and full scholarship 1300 College Prep Genius $139 – work on the test-taking skills. Online videos and homework. Watch it – hear it – read it – write it. Everyday it reinforces what you do the day before Twelve weeks at five days a week and one hour a day. Lesson 1 textbook, work on problems Reinforces previous days learning Crunch time? Do it allot faster in two to three weeks or less. College Prep Genius: Boot Camp — Need ten students to host. Need a place to host and cost are on the website here. The post College Admissions Adversity Score appeared first on Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
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