My oldest child recently took the ACT. She really should have taken it last year, but for a variety of reasons, we waited until last month. Despite our delay, taking the ACT is something I will have each of my kids do, regardless of whether or not they intend to go on to college. Why take the ACT?
The ACT will back up their homeschool diplomas.
I plan to issue each of my children a homeschool diploma. Because of the negative stereotype that often surrounds the GED, we have determined that our children will be issued a diploma, rather than take the GED.
(Just so you know, I don’t personally have an issue with the GED, but it’s been our experience that many potential employers view it negatively – as an option taken by kids who did not complete high school.)
I know that there is the strong possibility that potential employers or college admissions officers will have the opinion that “mommy grades” might be more lenient than those of a traditional brick-and-mortar school. While they might question my grades, however, no one can argue with standardized test scores.
Whatever my kids choose to do after graduation, I want them to have proof (despite what my opinion may or may not be regarding the true worth of standardized testing) that they received an education comparable to graduates of traditional school settings.
The ACT is reasonably priced and easy to schedule.
If the student takes the ACT with the writing option, it’s just over $55. If they chose the option without writing, it’s just over $35. There are testing centers all over the country. We were fortunate that our local high school was one of the testing centers. It’s less than 15 minutes from our house.
A student simply registers on the ACT site. From that point, all instructions are emailed to the student and he or she just shows up at the testing site on test day. You don’t have to call and register anything with the school where your student will be taking the test.
Additionally, there are multiple testing dates throughout the year – in September, October, December, February, April, and June. The registration deadline is usually about a month prior to the testing date.
The ACT meets our state’s standardized testing requirement.
Our home state, Georgia, requires standardized testing every three year, starting in 3rd grade. The ACT meets testing requirements for senior year and serves the purpose, as I mentioned, of backing up our homeschool grades, diploma, and transcript. Win-win.
What do you think? Do you see the benefits of the ACT, regardless of a student’s plans after graduation?