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How to Prepare for College — and Ace the SATs!

"You don't even have a college degree, how can you teach your children," my sister-in-law chided as my husband and I announced our decision to homeschool. It seemed like this was only just the beginning of the criticism that we received for our unconventional decision. That was 20 years ago, and now more than ever, I am sure we made the right choice. Both my children have enjoyed an expensive college education on incredible academic scholarships, and my critics can no longer find anything to criticize us about.

Academics may or may not be the main purpose that you have chosen to educate at home, but it seems to be everyone else's reason why you shouldn't. Even though homeschooling has become more well-known and recognizable today, it still seems like the criticism persists. For homeschooling parents like me, it is easy to see the benefits of homeschooling. Our kids have stronger family bonds and they are independent thinkers. We cherish the opportunity to be an instrumental part of their development by directing their education.

This, however, does not dissuade people from criticizing the education our children receive. All the wonderful personal and spiritual benefits of homeschooling are overlooked for merely choices of curriculum and specific teaching criteria. However, there is proof of the quality of a homeschool education, and it comes in the form of an objective test.

The Standardized Assessment Test (SAT) is proving to be the vehicle that gives accreditation to the homeschooling lifestyle. The SAT is a college entrance exam that puts all students on an equal playing field. It is the test most used by colleges to evaluate both admissions and scholarship decisions. The SAT is not about exclusive knowledge or curriculum found only at public or private schools, but is a test of reasoning and logic.

About Jean Burk:

College Prep Genius: The No Brainer Way to SAT Success -- by Jean Burk

Jean Burk is the author of "College Prep Genius: The No Brainer Way to SAT Success." She has written numerous articles about the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. She has been featured as an SAT expert on Good Day Dallas (Fox 4) and KXAS (NBC 5). She currently travels and speaks about the importance of college preparation, and teaches her "Master the SAT" Prep Class all over Texas.

Both her children received incredible scholarships because of their PSAT and SAT scores. Her teaching DVD will be released in the Spring of 2008, as well as the first edition of the brand new VocabCafé Book Series intended to help teenagers and younger children increase their knowledge of vocabulary words.

To find out more visit Jean Burk's website: College Prep Genius

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