Questions of the Day – Transcript Design & Math Testing

Direct from my email inbox, Laura asks today’s questions:

What should a homeschoolers transcript look like?

There really isn’t a standard for high school transcripts. After working in the college admissions field several years, I’ve seen everything under the sun. Transcripts vary from state to state, and from school district to school district. Simple is good. Only those things which are relevant to your student’s academic career should be listed on the transcript. These will most likely include the following:

  • Name, address, and date of birth of the student.
  • School address and contact information.
  • Names and grades for all courses completed during student’s high school education, along with the number of credits.
  • Date of graduation, which must be after the date of the completion of all courses.
  • The signature of the primary homeschool teacher, principal, or headmaster.

It is always preferable to list the student’s standardized test scores, such as the ACT and SAT. This is purely a convenience factor for the admissions office.  (A great way to win brownie points!)  Some schools include the student’s social security number on the transcript, but I would advise against it. Documenting the grading scale used is also important. Lastly, having the transcript notarized with an “official” seal is a good idea. (you can buy one at most office supply stores.) Like to see a transcript template which you can download for your personal use? Your wish is my command!

Home School Transcript Template

I have a student who excels in everything except Math. How do I help make up for her low SAT or ACT math scores?

Tough question, Laura. What is your daughter’s cumulative score on the tests? if it’s over a 25 ACT or 1140 SAT, it probably won’t present a problem for college admission, depending of course upon the schools she’s applying for, and the program of study she intends to go into. If her scores are lower than this, some intensive math instruction might be in order to bring up the scores.

As a rule, if a student excels in every other subject but math, she’s obviously intelligent, but may need some remedial work in that particular subject to bring her scores up to par with the rest of her academics.


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