College entrance exams — the PSAT, ACT, SAT and CLT — are all important tests that can greatly influence which schools accept your student. Selecting which test to take can be confusing and hard, especially for homeschoolers that do not have a school that is setting the date to issue these tests.

Below we outline the basic facts a homeschooler needs to know about each of these standardized college entrance exams. You can also use these additional resources on guiding your homeschooler to college.

The PSAT: Standardized Test with a Potentially Big Payoff

The Homeschool PSAT Basics

In existence since 1971, the National Merit Scholarship Program offers one door for scholarship opportunities. The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), which is taken the junior year of high school, qualifies a student for this competition.

The PSAT is given once per year on the third Tuesday or Saturday in October. Students of all ages may take the PSAT, but only the test taken in their junior year will be counted towards the National Merit Scholarship qualification.

Section 29.916 of the Texas Education Code requires that public schools offer the PSAT to homeschool students that live in the district. Homeschool students are permitted to take the PSAT at public schools in their district and must pay the same fee as public school students.

The tests must be ordered, so you should contact your local school as soon as possi