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Yes, you read that correctly. College Prep Genius is here to teach you all the tips and tricks in which you can ace the SAT and get FREE money for college (no strings attached)! Jean Burk's program will give you all the inside information.

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Yes, you read that correctly. College Prep Genius is here to teach you all the tips and tricks in which you can ace the SAT and get FREE money for college (no strings attached)! Jean Burk's program will give you all the inside information.

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Yes, you read that correctly. College Prep Genius is here to teach you all the tips and tricks in which you can ace the SAT and get FREE money for college (no strings attached)! Jean Burk's program will give you all the inside information.

Replay: PSAT Crash Course

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PSAT Crash Course with Jean Burk

Episode #60

Are you ready for a PSAT crash course? Are you a junior? Now is the time to get ready to take the PSAT – it is given in the middle of October. In many places, you need to sign up in person (call school first). It can be the school in which your child would attend if in high school. Check your local school board. If your student is a 9th-10th grader or younger you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sign up for the test at the start of the school year.

The SAT test is given in October the first week

The PSAT is given in the middle of October

A younger student has time on your side and in this way you can work on weaknesses and build the framework for a success

Show Notes: PSAT Crash Course

General Overview of the Test:

  1. Reading – details given in the podcast
  2. Writing section- details given in the podcast
  3. Math – details given in the podcast
  4. Math – details given in the podcast

Number One Strategy:

Questions are not in order of difficulty – they are all worth the same amount of points. Look it a question – 10-15 seconds – can I answer this quickly – if you can answer it and move on. If you cannot answer it don’t waste your time on it – put a star and move on. Then come back to these questions … the subconscious works on the problems in your head. You may be able to answer the questions that take more thought.

College Prep Tests For free

  1. http://collegeprepgenius.com/ossgsat
  2. free PSAT tests online — http://ww.Collegeprepgenius.com/ossgpsat

Rising Junior is the year to really take the tests –

  1. Take the SAT in November and December as well.
  2. Most colleges will super score – you can combine your scores from different tests you’ve taken.
  3. This saves you from studying all over again and practicing.
  4. This allows you to not take the tests as a senior unless you want to.

Important: Box 22 on the test – it indicates you are a homeschooler. It will send the test booklet back to your home instead of to the school. This is important otherwise it will not come back to you. Something that is new this year. You get your scores back in Nov. and the booklet in December.

It is a great resource and gives you an extra practice. You can make a copy and use it again as a test.

It is an amazing test for Juniors – if you don’t get the desired top score, you can still get amazing full rides on your SAT.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/PredictedPSATscores (gives you the score you need for your state) The scores are based on how many students are taking the test and how well the are doing.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /PSATscores – official booklet – percentiles mean according to the scores

Schools that seek national merit scholars

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /NationalMeritSchools – minimum number of students that the school will take.

Other options for younger students:

PSAT 8/9 for practice

PSAT 10 for practice

**Alternative Secret for Taking SAT

Contact National Merit association let them know why – you will be given alternative locations –convert the SAT to the PSAT. You must call them! They will give you a specific number to use.

At this time, they will do the conversion:

November, December, March or June test = they will take the highest score

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Sep 28 2018

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PSAT Test Myths – Episode 12

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Test Taking Myths – Episode 12

PSAT Test Myths:

PSAT The Life Changing Test

Taking the PSAT is optional right? Not if you want free college! I know, you don’t think you are smart, or maybe you’ve been told that YOU as a parent didn’t receive the National Merit Scholarship – so don’t waste your time, either will your child. That is a PSAT Test Myth! Learn why the PSAT is a very valuable test and is more than just a practice test for taking the SAT. Don’t miss important deadlines, be proactive and learn, with Jean’s help some great test taking strategy and where to get a copy of the new version of the PSAT.

Show Notes:

1. The PSAT can be a life changing test. It can turn the question of “How can we afford to pay for college?” into… “Which college should we go to?”

2. The PSAT is not prep for taking the SAT test – these tests are different.

3. Getting a high score on the PSAT can possibly qualify your child as a National Merit Scholar.

4. Success is not about your IQ score.

4. The Benefits of the PSAT

5. What is on the PSAT and  how can you beat the test?

6. Critical Thinking Skills are necessary for taking standardized tests like the PSAT and the SAT

7. Understanding math terminology.

8. Using logic in answering test questions.

9. Test questions are answered in less than one minute, typically.

10. No point deduction for guessing – but the suggestion is not to guess at the answer as there is a 75% chance at failure. Jean has a better way.

11. The PSAT is in a new format – visit the CollegeBoard.org website to download a copy.

12. The PSAT is not about content – it is about tricking the student into selecting the incorrect answer.

PSAT Test Myths Debunked

1. My kid is not smart enough.

2. I didn’t receive the Nation Merit Scholarship

3. Your child has to be in 11th grade to take the test (you can take the test as young as 8th-9th grade – depending on your state)

4. The PSAT is not necessary to take.

5. The PSAT does not count.

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Jul 17 2015

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SAT Test – All About Reading

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All About Reading on the SAT TEST with Jean Burk

What is the new SAT reading section about? How much changed? What type of questions are on the test. In this podcast In this episode it is all about reading on the SAT test — Jean shares some of her best tips with you – she teaches this in detail in her classes here – join one of her live classes or get the information you need now – on her website with digital products ready to go!

Show Notes: The New SAT – All About the Reading Section. 

Jean Burk’s best tips:

What are the four hidden patterns to look for … read below.

You don’t have to read every line in the reading section unlike what other SAT programs tell you.

You need to  look at the questions in the right order –

  • Long passage
  • Dual passage

Types of questions on the tests

  • line citation
  • vocabulary use
  • overall passage
  • command of evidence
  • chart question

Mistakes students make –

  1. Read and analyze all passages and begin interpreting and analyzing it – no!
  2. Don’t take the questions literally – yes, on the SAT take the question literally
  3. Not understanding this is not a content-based test
  4. Not realizing this is a logic test – important to look for the patterns
  5. Read the passage and go to find the right answer

Four Hidden Patterns:

C – Completely Irrelevant

O – Obscure or Confusing

A – Adds extra stuff

T – Totally Contradictory

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Sep 23 2016

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SAT vs. ACT Real Truth

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SAT vs. ACT Real Truth with Jean Burk

Podcast #48

Which test should your take, the SAT or the ACT? What is the real truth? Learn how to ace the SAT – since colleges are ranked nationally based upon the student’s SAT scores. 85% of colleges give money based on test on like the SAT … the only fair way a college can compare students is through the standardized test.

Show Notes: SAT vs. ACT: Real Truth

  1. Recurring patterns
  2. Follow the same patterns, rules, and profiles to make it standardized
  3. Component that is common to everyone. Anyone can answer
  4. Same grading system that applies to everyone

Biggest Myth about ACT –

  1. ACT is knowledge based –not true
  2. SAT is reasoning – not true

Difference and similarities

  1. Both used for college entrance
  2. Both used for college money
  3. Every college takes either one
  4. SAT – 3 hours opt. essay reading/writing/math in some form – geometry formulas not on ACT – ESSAY – analytical –given a high quality published piece of work, write an essay based on the given work.
  5. ACT – 3.5 hours – reading – fewer citations – English – both test grammar, style and reading analysis – math basic, math, geometry – trig (no grid in boxes) – persuasive like (40 minutes) the old SAT – science section –don’t need to know anything about science – combo of reading and basic math
  6. SAT scores are not averaged – ACT scores section is averaged
  7. SAT –unlimited ACT only 12 times
  8. Easy crossover of info – try them both
  9. Free tests online and download SAT or ACT practice tests online
  10. ACT – subtle changes …
    1. Timing to essay 40
    2. Added sub-scores –
  11. SAT – August SAT
    1. First time, based on bell curve your students can do better on the scoring
  12. Disservice high schools are doing for their students
    1. Don’t bother with the PSAT test – it is very important
    2. Merit Scholarships
    3. PSAT you must sign up in person
  13. How can you SAT if not offered at your high school
    1. collegeboard.org and put in your zip code
    2. ACT.org

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Mar 17 2017

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Knowledge to College Admissions Part Two : Episode 9

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College Prep Genius – Knowledge to College Admissions –  Part Two

with Moderator Felice Gerwitz and Show Host – Jean Burke

A new format! Felice moderates this session with international speaker, Jean Burke the author of the award winning program College Prep Genius. In this episode the keys to exploring the right study resources as well as additional insights about college.

Show Notes:

1. How do you select the right test prep materials? Pitfalls to watch for.

2. College Admission Requirements – what to know

3. Academics

4. Financial Aid

5. Undeclared Majors

Key Points:

Ways to distinguish yourself with your professor

The statistics of children who drop out of college.

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May 19 2015

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New SAT – Writing and the Essay

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New SAT All About The Writing Section and The Essay with Jean Burk 

What are the thirteen most common grammar errors? What are the patterns and how can you find the correct answers? In this episode of College Prep Genius Podcast the New SAT writing portion and essay are discussed along with tips to ace the test.

Show Notes – Ace The New SAT! All About the Writing and Essay Portion of the Test.

  1. Each student has about 35 minutes to take this test with 44 questions on it –  and about 40 seconds to answer each one.
  2. Grammar, style and reading comprehension is the focus
  3. Look for the patterns and each question can be answered in about ten seconds.
  4. There is a fast way to answer each question – college prep genius teaches how this works
  5. One section has a multiple choice section with variations of the answer or one that says, “no change”
  6. Thirteen of the most common grammar errors are tested, words such as affect and effect; as well as access and excess — understand these types of words and differences in each.

The Essay – optional 

Highly recommend you take this portion of the test as it will set you apart from other students since most students will “opt” out of the essay. When colleges have a tie between two students they will look at the essay portion to make their determination. This can help you.

  1. Differences: No longer a prompt questions
  2. The work used is a published work
  3. The essay is analytical
    1. No personal information
    2. No facts drawn in
    3. No information about your beliefs to support the claim
  4. Proven template that works
  5. Objective grading system – looking for key elements
  6. Two different graders have about thirty seconds to read and grade your work

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Oct 21 2016

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PSAT Crash Course

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PSAT Crash Course with Jean Burk

Episode #60

Are you ready for a PSAT crash course? Are you a junior? Now is the time to get ready to take the PSAT – it is given in the middle of October. In many places, you need to sign up in person (call school first). It can be the school in which your child would attend if in high school. Check your local school board. If your student is a 9th-10th grader or younger you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sign up for the test at the start of the school year.

The SAT test is given in October the first week

The PSAT is given in the middle of October

A younger student has time on your side and in this way you can work on weaknesses and build the framework for a success

Show Notes: PSAT Crash Course

General Overview of the Test:

  1. Reading – details given in the podcast
  2. Writing section- details given in the podcast
  3. Math – details given in the podcast
  4. Math – details given in the podcast

Number One Strategy:

Questions are not in order of difficulty – they are all worth the same amount of points. Look it a question – 10-15 seconds – can I answer this quickly – if you can answer it and move on. If you cannot answer it don’t waste your time on it – put a star and move on. Then come back to these questions … the subconscious works on the problems in your head. You may be able to answer the questions that take more thought.

College Prep Tests For free

  1. http://collegeprepgenius.com/ossgsat
  2. free PSAT tests online — http://ww.Collegeprepgenius.com/ossgpsat

Rising Junior is the year to really take the tests –

  1. Take the SAT in November and December as well.
  2. Most colleges will super score – you can combine your scores from different tests you’ve taken.
  3. This saves you from studying all over again and practicing.
  4. This allows you to not take the tests as a senior unless you want to.

Important: Box 22 on the test – it indicates you are a homeschooler. It will send the test booklet back to your home instead of to the school. This is important otherwise it will not come back to you. Something that is new this year. You get your scores back in Nov. and the booklet in December.

It is a great resource and gives you an extra practice. You can make a copy and use it again as a test.

It is an amazing test for Juniors – if you don’t get the desired top score, you can still get amazing full rides on your SAT.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/PredictedPSATscores (gives you the score you need for your state) The scores are based on how many students are taking the test and how well the are doing.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /PSATscores – official booklet – percentiles mean according to the scores

Schools that seek national merit scholars

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /NationalMeritSchools – minimum number of students that the school will take.

Other options for younger students:

PSAT 8/9 for practice

PSAT 10 for practice

**Alternative Secret for Taking SAT

Contact National Merit association let them know why – you will be given alternative locations –convert the SAT to the PSAT. You must call them! They will give you a specific number to use.

At this time, they will do the conversion:

November, December, March or June test = they will take the highest score

Upcoming FPEA.com college fair (November 2017) – a mock SAT that will be administered by Jean – and it will be scored.

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Sep 20 2017

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5 Secret Revealed – SAT and ACT

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5 Insider’s Top Secret Tips About the SAT and ACT

College Prep – #56 with Jean Burk

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!

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Show Notes: 5 Secrets Revealed SAT – ACT

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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…

  1. 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

  1. 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

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Jul 21 2017

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Six SAT and ACT Secrets Revealed

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Six SAT and ACT Secrets Revealed Episode # 57 with Jean Burk

Here we go another fast-paced series. When completed there will be 23 total. Be sure to

We have an insider’s perspective to the truth about the SAT and ACT, popular belief is that it tests what you know. However, Jean Burk debunks this and shares with you the information you know.

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Show Notes: Six SAT and ACT Secrets Revealed

  1. Score choice – super score
  • Score choice – you get to pick the scores you want to send to the colleges – the scores will sit there until you send them into a college
  • Super score – most colleges take the highest scores from separate tests
  • Score choice – what Math great score time one time – and Reading another time
  • Start taking the test early in middle school  — need to practice  to figure out what they need
  • Colleges do not care how many times you take the SAT or ACT – colleges get their rankings based on scores – should never been a one shot deal – with your scores can massively increase your chance to receive college. Colleges want your overall highest scores

ACT – CollegePrepGenius.com/actsuperscore

SAT – CollegePrepGenius.com/satsscorechoice

SAT – CollegePrepGenius.com/superscore

  1. ACT – no big deal made to changes with ACT
  • Subtle ACT change that flew under the radar that can benefit the students. Sept 2016 changed ACT – changed allotted time for essay – 40min long –  adopted a new grading system that mimics the SAT scoring perfect 12 – persuasive essay before it is written before the test date

Great info on ACT Essay changes on the test.

  1. Every college takes ACT or SAT – why that is important to know – there is pushback that sometimes you are told that one college takes one or the only. Twenty years ago that was the truth, but no longer. Now there is no difference, they have a formula they use. If the college prefers one over the other they will convert the score
  • Certain areas promote only one test over the other – PSAT – is so important for scholarships as well

CollegePrepGenius.com/satactconversionchart

Good easy overview of both tests

Knowledge Based –

  1. Why you should always write the SAT essay even though it is optional… why even do it? There are 5 reasons why
  • When you write the essay you submit a more complete profile –since most people don’t take it. Can open more doors
  • There are colleges that will exempt a student from writing classes if they write the essay and do well.
  • Admissions counselor will use the essay on the positive deciding factor – you have written the essay and the other student has not – your essay counts in your favor
  • When you sign up for the SAT online – you can opt out of the essay – IF a college requires the essay you have to sit for the entire SAT again – you can still opt in for the essay – if they have enough room you can still write the essay –
  • SAT essay is standardized – proven template to get a perfect score 25 minutes

Write you essay in a short time – you have time left over, I can leave early you get a zero for working out early. You must stay the entire time.

CollegePrepGenius.com/requiredSATessay

  1. The ACT essay is also optional – for the same reasons you should write
  • The ACT essay is a separate cost
  • One for ACT and one for the essay

  1. Colleges are looking to brag about you – you make the colleges look good and they can
  • To improve their reputations
  • Look into merit scholarship awards. Important PSAT – Preliminary SAT

CollegePrepGenius.com/nationalmeritschools (page 20-22)

Minimum number of National Merit scholars they are looking for – gives you the opportunity to talk to them. They list the kids who do well in their brochure.

Make sure you check reputable sources – well-meaning friends, you get the wrong information. If they give you the wrong advice.

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Jul 28 2017

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How To Avoid 6 Common Freshman Mistakes

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How To Avoid Common Freshman Mistakes by Jean Burk

Podcast #44

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 

  1. You can eat anything you want
  2. You can stay up all hours of the night and make it to my 8:00am class
  3. Stay up all night – or partying
  4. You can ask other people to get you a drink – beware!
    1. never assume your face
    2. never accept a drink from a new friend
    3. people can put things in your drink
  5. Introverts? Don’t make any friends
  6. You have to be the same person you were in highschool

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Jan 06 2017

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How To Ace The ACT

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How to Ace the ACT

Podcast 63

Did you know that College Prep Genius teaches you how to ace the ACT? Truthfully, test anxiety is half the battle. Changing your mindset is important. In this podcast, Jean Burk discusses information about the ACT and how to ace this important college entrance test to gain valuable college scholarships and minimize college debt!

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Show Notes: How to Ace the ACT

  1. What does ACT stand for? American College Test
    1. ACT says it is not like the SAT but it is not true.
    2. 20 years ago it made a difference about what test you took.
    3. ACT – practice tests and prep guide only use official questions!
    4. Do not get books prior to 2015 – do not get old tests.
  2. Which college takes the ACT?
    1. However now 100% of colleges take either one.
    2. If a school prefers one over the other – they use a conversion score.
    3. Ask the school, they will tell you.
    4. One more point on an ACT can convert to 20K
  3. Differences/Similarities with SAT and ways to Ace the ACT
    1. Both standardized test
    2. Assess critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    3. Both tests questions objective.
    4. SAT – 2 Math 1 Reading 1 Writing | ACT 1 Math 1 Science 1 Reading and 1 Writing (Listen to the audio for the specifics.)
    5. Both objectives can a student do well under pressure?
    6. SAT is an unlimited number of attempts – ACT up to 12 attempts
      1. You are not hindering anything taking it more time.
      2. You will see patterns in the test, or you are more familiar with it.
  • You can use a Super Score… the highest scores from each test.
  1. SAT – 1600 and the ACT – 36
  1. Is the ACT more content-based than the SAT?
    1. The big myth is that the ACT has more content
    2. The ACT has spent money in promoting it measures your high school ability. However different schools teach different things so that is impossible.
    3. Not true, they are both logic tests – how well a student can think through a question in about 1 minute and then move on.
  2. What is the TIR?
    1. Recommended to order this service. Test Information Release for the ACT –it gives them a test back. Shows the areas you had trouble in. You have results given.
    2. Highly recommend, you take the ACT test Dec, April, and June
  3. Where to find the right way to practice?
    1. Learning test-taking strategies is key.
    2. Wrong answers are very tricky! Answers you are more than likely going to pick if you don’t understand the logic behind the questions in the answer.
    3. Need to change your approach to the test.
    4. You can answer the questions in 30 seconds or less.
    5. Be sure the test book is 2016 or later.
  4. Do I need to be really good in science to do well on the ACT?
    1. This is not a science test. More about knowing and reading and finding the info that restates what is in the passage. All the info is right in front of you.
    2. Circle keywords are important.
    3. Science sections have 5 types of questions, overall, questions about chart or graph, numbers or inferences, double facts, and it is knowing where the information is found.
  5. How long do you get per question?
    1. Timing – less time on the ACT
    2. Knowing test-taking strategies is so important. There are not several minutes to
    3. English – 75 questions 45 min –36 seconds per question
    4. Math –60 questions 60 min – 1 seconds per questions
    5. Reading –40 questions 35 min – 52 seconds per questions
    6. Science –40 and 55 min –1+ min per question
    7. Essay Time: 40 minutes for a prompt question – generally have to do with high school life. (Optional)
  6. Let me know about the secret chance to take the ACT …and how to ace the ACT
    1. 23 Secrets to Standardized Test – links here
    2. Residual ACT –offered 6 times a year nationally. You can take it in nonconventional times during the year. Given on many campuses several times a year. Take it on your time. It will only apply to that school.
    3. Get your results very quickly.
    4. You can avoid the late fees and deadlines by paying at the college itself.
  7. What other pertinent links can you share?
    1. Which colleges will super score the SAT http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/ACTsuperscore
    2. Essay – college requires it or not
    3. http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/requiredACTessay
    4. What score converts – http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/SATACTconversionchart Some schools will give more money on one test over the other. A similar score is higher and more money is offered for it!

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Mar 17 2018

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FAFSA 12 Best kept secrets

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FAFSA – 12 Best Kept Secrets Application Tips with Jean Burk

Episode 62

Here are the FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets. Did you know that 80-90% of families make mistakes on the FAFSA that cost them tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money? This information is timely before October 1 – so please listen and share this show with your friends with college-bound students.

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Show Notes: FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets

Did you know that many times students do not complete the FAFSA application completely? You must complete the FAFSA all the way through. It is an application for low-interest student loans and grants. If you don’t complete it you can lose out on thousands of dollars.

You can do this ahead of time to be prepared on filling out the FAFSA application. Pre-work – download the PDF from the website. http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov

FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets:

  1. Scams: Be aware of scam copies – A company purchased this website àcom they will charge you for the FAFSA – it is a FREE application. http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov
  2. ID: Get you FAFSA ID ahead of time. You get a username and a password. If you are considered a dependent student, you need your separate ID. It can take a few weeks to get your ID. There can be a backlog at the last minute. Do not share your ID with others. This information you are putting on your FAFSA is sensitive information. Store it in Lastpass.com (you can get a free account) or a paid account is $20 per year and it keeps you ID safe.
  3. Date October 1 on your senior year. Many states will run out of money early. You can put in ten colleges when you are filling out your FAFSA. You use your prior-prior taxes or two years before you apply for the loan. You need pull that out and bring out the information. If you have had a decrease in income from 2015 to now – that can be adjusted as well – addendum needs to be filled out with each college.
  4. Deadlines: To maximize your scholarship opportunities fill it out by October 1 – Each school and state will set their deadlines. October 1 is the FIRST day you can apply – deadlines are months later, but why wait?
  5. Which ID? Do not use your ID (parents) when you start our your FAFSA – they will give you an option to enter the student information. USE the student ID – it will automatically add your personal information.
  6. Knowing the lingo on the FAFSA helps – certain questions that you automatically know, but you may make mistakes –
    1. Legal guardianship – Students will answer yes here. You are not considered a legal guardian of yourself! So the answer is NO
  7. NUMBER: The number of family household members – specific definition. Many students put the wrong number down. It has no bearing on who claims the parents in a divorce situation. How many are in your household – that is in your entire family. Siblings. Read instructions carefully.
    1. The number of family members who are in college and private school. If you are thinking about just your siblings. Don’t forget to include yourself. You are also going to college.
  8. Common Mistakes:
    • If it says You or YOUR – it means the student.
    • Put in your full name as it appears on your social security card – no nicknames. It will bring you delays if you are not accurate.
    • Double check your social security number.’
  9. Income Information: 
    • How much income tax – not your AGI (adjusted gross income) – IRS data retrieval tool that will tell you how to fill it out.
    • Be sure to see if they are asking for your income vs. your parent’s income. Do not get them confused.
  10. Parent section is color coded – you can fill out the parent information. (Even if you live on your own. It still can help you.)
  11. Add More Colleges: Students may only be considering only one or two colleges. You have up to ten schools you can list. Take advantage of this tool and the other colleges cannot see the schools you are sending this to. You can always remove and add more schools.
  12. Sign It! Don’t forget to sign your FAFSA this will cause an incomplete FAFSA. You sign it with your ID number. You can mail a signature page if you want. It is not necessary. You can check the status of your application at any time.

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Sep 21 2017

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SAT Myths! Episode 11

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SAT Myths

Many times what people think about the SAT will surprise you – like, “The SAT is an old test, no colleges take it any more.” or “SAT is not as good as the ACT” … what do you think about the SAT? Join Jean Burk the author of College Prep Genius as she shares the truth about the SAT and ways to get the most out of test taking.

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Jun 19 2015

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Say Goodbye To Test Anxiety And Say Hello To Free College

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Free College?
Yes! It Can Happen to you when you –>> Say Goodbye to Test Taking Anxiety and Hello to Free College

Episode 13

Have you looked at all the parts of the SAT test with great advice for acing it? Well, pull up a chair, grab your kids and gather around. Listen to this episode with Jean Burke as she tells us ways to combat the anxiety test taking often incurs and ways to do really well, with insider’s tips!

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Aug 09 2015

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Replay: The Best Kept Secret to Free College: The PSAT!

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Discover what the PSAT can do for you! The Best Kept Secret Free College – PSAT!

Download the notes at www.collegeprepgenius.com/psatradio and follow along as we take you on a journey of misguided information and how we can clue you in to what you can do RIGHT NOW to help your student not only ace the PSAT but understand why this little secret has been circulating for years. Jean Burk and College Prep Genius give you plenty of information that will have you springing into action once you’re done listening.

BONUS: Stay throughout the entire show for a special promotion! – The Best Kept Secret! Free College PSA

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Oct 05 2018

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Acing The SAT Essay – Episode 10

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Let’s Talk About Acing the SAT Essay

Are you interested in learning more about the ESSAY Portion of the SAT? Here you go – a new update on great advice for taking the SAT – Essay portion, how it is graded as well as up-to-date info on the “New’ SAT  essay portion for 2016. You will be so surprised to learn the new essay contains some interesting changes that may impact how your children score. The great thing? Jean Burke is on top of this, bringing you the latest information about the SAT tests ways to come out ahead.

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Jun 06 2015

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How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

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How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes freshmen make – listed are possible thoughts your college freshman to be may have and ways to combat these possible pitfalls.

Invite your teen to listen to this episode with you – the most important information to help your teen be prepared. 

by Jean Burk

Show Notes: How to Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You have to be the exact same person you were at home or in highschool
  2. You can’t be as good as everyone else.
  3. Think that your dorm room is the best place to hang-out
  4. To be a gentleman you pay for a young lady – (or for females – you allow the guys to pay)
  5. You have to take a ton of credits

Bonus Mistake – It is not going to happen to me. (Whatever “that” is …)

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Jan 20 2017

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Checklist Before College – Dorm Life

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Checklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk

#46

College dorm life can be scary and exciting at the same time. In this podcast Jean Burk shares her long list of things to bring and not forget.

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Show Notes – Checklist Before College – Dorm Life with Jean Burk

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  1. Toiletries – personal items
  2. Mattress protector and bedding
  3. CD player – speakers
  4. Alarm clock – double set clocks
  5. Pictures from home – decorations
  6. Bring towels
  7. Small refrigerators of your own
  8. Broom of swifter
  9. Garbage container with bags
  10. Computer chair
  11. Reading lamp
  12. Drying rack
  13. Computer with wireless
  14. Printer/ paper
  15. Flash drive
  16. Food – cooking/cups, silverware, plates or bowls
  17. Sharing bathrooms – own stuff
  18. Your own stuff – soap, dish rags
  19. Portable fan
  20. Hangers
  21. Irons or iron boards – ask about permission – steamer, spray
  22. Laundry bags – pop-up baskets
  23. Detergent pods
  24. Medicine – first aid kit
  25. Microwave
  26. White and black threaded needle
  27. Shower caddy
  28. Hygiene stuff
  29. Television
  30. Headphones
  31. Wireless external speakers
  32. Duct tape
  33. Toolbox with basic tools
  34. Power strip with surge protector
  35. Bookshelves
  36. Fireproof boxes – name and address
  37. List of contacts – family members and addresses
  38. Stationary or cards

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Feb 03 2017

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SAT Test – All About Math

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SAT Test – All About Math with Jean Burk

Podcast 41

Did you know that every test on the math portion of the SAT test can be answered in thirty seconds or less? Did you know that on one portion you can not use a calculator? Did you know certain calculators are banned? In this podcast Jean Burk shares answers to these questions and more.

Show Notes – SAT Test – All About Math

  1. New SAT takes 80 minutes – 25 minutes with no calculator and 55 minutes you can use a calculator.
  2. Approved calculators
  3. What is the question asking you?
  4. The test consists of Algebra, Advanced Math, Geometry (less than on the previous version), Scatter plots, Coordinates, Story Problems, Probability, Trig – only a few questions, etc.
  5. Circle the key element? Set up the problem.
  6. You CAN write in the booklet – it says so on the front page of the booklet.
  7. Figures are not drawn to scale – listen to the audio for instructions on how to tackle these problems.
  8. If you have no figure or chart draw one.
  9. The SAT is redesigned and has sections of multiple choice with four choices, the idea is to eliminate the incorrect answers. Looking at the questions and trying to find the answer or vice-versa is what students commonly do – the best math test tip is to look at the answer and the question as one entity.
  10. Minimize calculations to save time –double check by looking at it backwards.
  11. Know math terminology so you know what the question asks – tangent, product, integer, etc.

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Oct 07 2016

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Six Secrets Hidden By SAT & ACT Test Makers

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Six Secrets Hidden By SAT and ACT Test Makers by Jean Burk

Podcast #58

Do you want to know six secrets that the test makers don’t want you to know? In this episode, Jean Burk shares her insights after years of successful teaching the SAT and ACT test prep to thousands of students. Her techniques successfully raise scores as much as 600 points! This is part three of an ongoing series on a total of twenty-three insider’s tips and hidden secrets that test makers hope you won’t learn.  Listen to podcast one here and podcast two in the series here.

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Show Notes: Six Secrets Hidden By SAT & ACT Test Makers

  1. You really need to know how to interpret the percentiles of the SAT score – what does that mean – where does that fall? Students can find out the percentiles – official chart from the National Merit Corporation

CollegePrepGenius.com/PSATscores – pages 6-9

If you don’t know your starting point you don’t know where to begin or how to improve.

http://ultimateradioshow.com/psat-test-myths/

http://ultimateradioshow.com/events/psat-dont-forget-it/

  1. Your state can miss out on a scholarship opportunity. Some states only promote the ACT they don’t promote the SAT – which means the PSAT which is designed by the SAT When they redesigned the new SAT – 1600 ACT – 36

Depending on what state you live in and how student’s do will determine the percentile for your particular state –

CollegePrepGenius.com/predictedPSATscores – you can find the predicted scores for every state that will give you ranking sin your state.

  1. You may not want to take so many standardized tests but taking both tests can pay dividends! If you take both the SAT and the ACT – you may have an advantage scoring well on both formats – can mean better opportunities – can elevate your chances of admittance as well as scholarship money. If you get high scores on both – they may give more money on the SAT or more money on the ACT

CollegePrepGenius.com/satactconversionchart

Give you the idea of the scoring for both – there is an optimal rate

There are 13 opportunities 6 times for ACT and 7 times for the SAT

Overview of the tests – Knowledge Based are on CollegePrepGenius.com

  1. Little known secrets – SAT essay judge confesses he spends 20 seconds grading the essays – papers are scanned and sent to judges all over the nation – they only have time to 5-6 key points they are looking for … they are going to skim it in 20-30 seconds. They have a college degree and have taught reading. They use an objective grading system that is standardized. Some read 3 per minute – it is a matter of how well you can answer questions under pressure. CollegePrepGenius.com has a proven template the students can use – this new analytical essay from the SAT –not asking for opinion – you have to take their info and put it back on the paper and find concrete points to use in your essay. THREE examples – look for numbers – survey or statistic or report with a date –

  1. If you are in the know there is another secret chance to take a test – the residual ACT – a secret chance to take the test in non-conventional time s in the year. Most SAT are taken on a Saturday – so it can be a hindrance. It is given on the campus of most colleges it is offered weekly or monthly. These include the ability to pay at the college, you can receive your score back quickly – a day or a week. It can only be used for that school. These are official ACT – advantage, just one point on ACT – increase you another 20K in some campuses.

  1. Removed the guessing penalty – ACT and SAT are both the same. You may want to reconsider advice from companies if you are not sure about an answer, just guess. Look at this logically – SAT has 4 options – ACT has 5 options. SAT 75% wrong or ACT – 80% wrong. Don’t be quick to guess on a question. Learn how to answer the questions correctly. Time is not their friend. Most students take too long on the questions, can’t get through the test. CollegePrepGenius.com – strategy go through 2-3 times. Key is if you come across a question and you can’t answer it quickly – skip – star and move on… get to as many as you can and come back to the ones that you skipped. Your subconscious is working on it so you can see the answer later. You will have answered way more questions than you could ever have answered. You saved so much time now you can spend a couple of minutes on the questions you don’t know.

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Aug 11 2017

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College Admissions Adversity Score

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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.

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Jun 28 2019

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Beat Standardized Test Scores The Right Way

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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.

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Jun 14 2019

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Best of College Prep Genius: Is College Worthwhile?

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IS COLLEGE WORTHWHILE? WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

Thanks to our sponsor is College Prep Genius.

This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college

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May 24 2019

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Best of College Prep Genius: Test Taking Encouragement

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Replay: Test Taking Encouragement with Jean Burke

What is the best news? A great score on a test! In this podcast Jean discusses test taking encouragement that YOU can do it! Success is around the corner and with Jean’s tips your student will benefit tremendously.

Episode 55

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Jean Burk is a Fox News Contributor – she was recently a guest on Fox and Family with Lisa Brady!

  • This course teaches itself, if the parent did not go to college it will not affect their ability to teach the college readiness program to their student
  • 2 day boot-camp hosts have their child attend free!
  • Boot-camp costs 249 (at the time of this podcast) to attend with a FREE online course included
  • Material is eligible for 6th graders to 12th graders, earlier is better!
  • Average increase is 200, the higher percent is 600 points
  • Have the student take the SAT or ACT first before the class to see the improvement

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May 10 2019

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Replay: Raise Competent Teens

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Raise Competent Teens – Podcast 36

by Jean Burk

Do you know how to raise competent teens? In this podcast Jean explains how to “capture,” and teach our children “competence,” and how to turn this into competence for our teens? Teaching and encouraging your children to succeed is the topic in this series of podcasts!

Next podcasts in this series:

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…

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Nov 01 2018

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Replay: Limited Language Limited Mind

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Limited Language Limited Mind with Jean Burk and your host, Felice Gerwitz

What is the importance of a good vocabulary? How can you increase your vocabulary? What is a fifty-cents word? Or what about communicating effectively? The English language is dying and in this episode Jean shares how her children participated in writing books that contain a great story as well as some of the most used words on the SAT test – are you ready to learn vocabulary the easy way? Join us!

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.

Show Notes:

  1. Linga-files – the College Prep novels – Here
  2. State of the union – no politics here
  3. Vocabulary and it’s importance

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Oct 19 2018

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Replay: The Best Kept Secret to Free College: The PSAT!

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Discover what the PSAT can do for you! The Best Kept Secret Free College – PSAT!

Download the notes at www.collegeprepgenius.com/psatradio and follow along as we take you on a journey of misguided information and how we can clue you in to what you can do RIGHT NOW to help your student not only ace the PSAT but understand why this little secret has been circulating for years. Jean Burk and College Prep Genius give you plenty of information that will have you springing into action once you’re done listening.

BONUS: Stay throughout the entire show for a special promotion! – The Best Kept Secret! Free College PSA

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Oct 05 2018

32mins

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Replay: PSAT Crash Course

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PSAT Crash Course with Jean Burk

Episode #60

Are you ready for a PSAT crash course? Are you a junior? Now is the time to get ready to take the PSAT – it is given in the middle of October. In many places, you need to sign up in person (call school first). It can be the school in which your child would attend if in high school. Check your local school board. If your student is a 9th-10th grader or younger you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sign up for the test at the start of the school year.

The SAT test is given in October the first week

The PSAT is given in the middle of October

A younger student has time on your side and in this way you can work on weaknesses and build the framework for a success

Show Notes: PSAT Crash Course

General Overview of the Test:

  1. Reading – details given in the podcast
  2. Writing section- details given in the podcast
  3. Math – details given in the podcast
  4. Math – details given in the podcast

Number One Strategy:

Questions are not in order of difficulty – they are all worth the same amount of points. Look it a question – 10-15 seconds – can I answer this quickly – if you can answer it and move on. If you cannot answer it don’t waste your time on it – put a star and move on. Then come back to these questions … the subconscious works on the problems in your head. You may be able to answer the questions that take more thought.

College Prep Tests For free

  1. http://collegeprepgenius.com/ossgsat
  2. free PSAT tests online — http://ww.Collegeprepgenius.com/ossgpsat

Rising Junior is the year to really take the tests –

  1. Take the SAT in November and December as well.
  2. Most colleges will super score – you can combine your scores from different tests you’ve taken.
  3. This saves you from studying all over again and practicing.
  4. This allows you to not take the tests as a senior unless you want to.

Important: Box 22 on the test – it indicates you are a homeschooler. It will send the test booklet back to your home instead of to the school. This is important otherwise it will not come back to you. Something that is new this year. You get your scores back in Nov. and the booklet in December.

It is a great resource and gives you an extra practice. You can make a copy and use it again as a test.

It is an amazing test for Juniors – if you don’t get the desired top score, you can still get amazing full rides on your SAT.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/PredictedPSATscores (gives you the score you need for your state) The scores are based on how many students are taking the test and how well the are doing.

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /PSATscores – official booklet – percentiles mean according to the scores

Schools that seek national merit scholars

http://www.collegeprepgenius.com /NationalMeritSchools – minimum number of students that the school will take.

Other options for younger students:

PSAT 8/9 for practice

PSAT 10 for practice

**Alternative Secret for Taking SAT

Contact National Merit association let them know why – you will be given alternative locations –convert the SAT to the PSAT. You must call them! They will give you a specific number to use.

At this time, they will do the conversion:

November, December, March or June test = they will take the highest score

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Sep 28 2018

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Replay: How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

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Best of College Prep Genius!  How To Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes

This is the second of a two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes freshmen make – listed are possible thoughts your college freshman to be may have and ways to combat these possible pitfalls.

Invite your teen to listen to this episode with you – the most important information to help your teen be prepared. 

by Jean Burk

Show Notes: How to Avoid 5 Common Freshman Mistakes 

  1. You have to be the exact same person you were at home or in highschool
  2. You can’t be as good as everyone else.
  3. Think that your dorm room is the best place to hang-out
  4. To be a gentleman you pay for a young lady – (or for females – you allow the guys to pay)
  5. You have to take a ton of credits

Bonus Mistake – It is not going to happen to me. (Whatever “that” is …)

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KiwiCo has monthly subscriptions of hands-on projects that make learning fun! Their core offering is projects that make learning about STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — accessible and are designed to spark creativity, tinkering, and learning. Some recent favorite crates are the Slime Lab, Physics Carnival, and Paper Circuits.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is excited to be able to offer you the chance to try them for FREE. To learn more about their projects for kids ages 2 to 16 AND to redeem this exclusive offer, click here to get your first month free today (just pay for shipping)

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Sep 21 2018

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Little Known Scholarships

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Little Known Scholarships #70

Little known scholarships are available even for trade schools – or colleges. 85% of scholarships are based on test scores. This is the college rules! College scores help the rankings of the school.

Thanks to our sponsor is College Prep Genius.

Miscellaneous Scholarship 

  1. Culinary scholarships
  2. Scholarships for Cancer survivors
  3. Veterans – GI Bill, or if there has been a death of a loved one in the military
  4. Students with special needs, blind or deaf, or disabled
  5. Search for a “GPA” or “Hispanic scholarships” Or minority scholarships, or “scholarships for women.”

Little Known/ Wierd scholarships

  1. If I was president scholarship
  2. Jane Austin society essay contest
  3. Federal Duck Stamp Competition
  4. Shakespeare fellowship essay competition
  5. Angels in action award
  6. College Prowler essay
  7. digital dorm room of the future
  8. Holocaust remembrance
  9. AAA high school challenge
  10. Tall and short people scholarship
  11. Potato industry scholarship
  12. American welding
  13. Vacuum coders
  14. Famous scholarships
  15. Literature scholarships
  16. National Rifle association scholarship
  17. Lost bed scholarship
  18. Zolt – last name – and Catholic
  19. Medical field – scholarships
  20. Research micro-biology and fungus

     Military

  1. GI Bill
  2. Scholarships can sign on the bill.
  3. SAT / ACT scores to qualify
  4. Various type – reserves, national guard, and veterans benefits
  5. Parents are veterrans

     Need-based – doesn’t mean you are needy or poor. What a college costs and what your family can contribute

  1. List of 80-100% of need in Jean’s book
  2. Federal aid and FAFSA must be filled out October 1st! Be sure to sign up early. Every year renewal.
  3. State higher education agency has programs depending on need
  4. Cost containment scholarship (on previous podcast HERE)

     Opportunity

  1. The student has an opportunity to qualify
  2. Federal work-study programs
  3. Internships that colleges offer
  4. Research for grad schools
  5. Employer assistance program – if you are an employee you can have college paid for
    1. Banks, large stores, restaurants, grocery stores

     Private

  1. 5% of total scholarship money
  2. Fastweb.com is a place to start, scholarships.com, princetonreview.com, scholarship monkey, scholarshiptoolkit.com
  3. Set up a separate email for scholarship opportunities
  4. Employer have private scholarships

     Institutional

  1. The big money at the college – colleges give the most money
  2. Funding is determined by test scores
  3. Additional CSS – Financial aid profile – private schools require this.

Whatever scholarships you receive you must have the minimum score that is required. Scores for entrance is a level playing field. High schools score kids differently. That is the only way these scholarships can make the determination. It is important for students to keep their GPA up as well. Test prep should be part of your daily school. Critical thinking and logic is an important to discern.

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Aug 24 2018

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Top Seven College Scholarships

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Top Seven College SCHOLARSHIPS #69

College scholarships can help children get a head start in life. Most people don’t have money saved for college, and this way with scholarships you can help! If children can “earn’ their way with scholarship money they can graduate debt free. 85% of colleges will give scholarships based on merit.

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There is scholarship money out there but up to the student to earn it!

     1.  Merit-based

  1. Based on something your child has done.
  2. GPA, SAT, ACT scores
  3. Qualifications
    1. A first come first serve.
    2. The college has you fill out these scholarships
    3. Specific colleges have a special program.
    4. Some will give you study abroad money – and even a computer or iPad!

2.    Automatic Qualification Scholarships and supplemental scholarships

  1. Some post information on the website
  2. Colleges have different criteria for money based on test scores.
  3. Some based on SAT or ACT only no other information.
  4. Some schools fight for National Merit scholars (based on PSAT in Junior year!)
  5. Check with the college themselves.

Supplemental  — add on money to other scholarships

  1. Sometimes a special department will give money based on a SAT score – school of engineering for example.
  2. National Merit or achievement scholarship, attracted colleges – you can get a specific scholarship – the trustee scholarship.
  3. National achievement – research funding, spending cash, etc.

     3.  Competitive and Direct Competitive:

  1. Different depending on the college.
  2. Outstanding income freshman can apply in some colleges. Full scholarship for four years, if you receive. First-time freshmen can apply. There is a minimum SAT or ACT scores required.
  3. Direct competitive – will take the scholarship applications. Can include an interview or an essay. Some have transfer student scholarships.

      4. Athletic – athletic as well as good scores

  1. NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association – D-1 or D-2
    1. Club athletics – some of these institutions – badminton, fencing, lacrosse, judo, etc.
  2. NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Atheletes – smaller colleges, and private colleges
  3. NJCAA – National Junior College Association – two year or associate degree college
  4. NCCAA – National Christian College Athletic Association – D-1, D-2 for Bible college, etc.

      5. Arts – can be very competitive

  1. Based on merit — dance, music, art, theatre, photography, Videography
  2. Auditions possibly required
  3. Specific music schools that specialize in specific medium
  4. Schools of theatre major
  5. Schools of videography

      6. Merit Scholarships based upon Activities – Team-based: Journalism, Cheerleading, Journalism

  1. Activities you belong to and are involved with a competitive edge.
  2. Journalism – newspaper writing, yearbook, etc.
  3. The band — marching band

      7. State

  1. Varies depending on your state
  2. Look at your state for information about in-state scholarships
  3. Based on test score – full rides on trade school –

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Aug 10 2018

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College Grants

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College Grants #68

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 Burk 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 pricetag 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 —

  1. 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.
  2. Western undergrad exchange — Arizona, Alaska ca Idaho, Hawaii – reduces instate tuition.
  3. 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 Afganansstan 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 GrantACG  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.

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Jul 20 2018

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Is College Worthwhile?

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IS COLLEGE WORTH IT-WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Episode  67

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

Thanks to our sponsor is College Prep Genius.

This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college

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Jul 07 2018

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Special Replay: Build An Amazing Homeschool Transcript

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Special Replay!  Build An Amazing Homeschool Transcript

Impress even Harvard with an incredible transcript! Download the notes at: www.collegeprepgenius.com/radio.transcript There is only ONE secret ingredient to giving credibility to a homeschool transcript. If you don’t know it, author Jean Burk will share the answer in this incredible lecture on how to build an amazing homeschool transcript. Discover the insider criteria that Harvard uses to judge applicants and why summer break needs to be more than just a vacation. Learn the differences between AP, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP courses and the pros and cons of adding them to your schedule. Find out about the 3-Tier credit plan, so you can correctly build a portfolio – and amazing homeschool transcript – that will impress any admissions counselor. If your kids are planning to go to college, you cannot afford to miss this radio show.

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Jun 01 2018

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Special Replay: Transcripts Your Key To Free College

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Transcripts Your Key To Free College, with author, and speaker Jean Burke

Are transcripts your key to free college? In this podcast, Jean tackles the difficult topic of transcripts and getting them right the first time. Your transcript can become your key to free college with some very important information from this podcast. You don’t need fancy transcripts or expensive services to produce a wonderful copy of your high school record. In this episode, Jean drills down and explains what must be on the transcript as well a the difference between weighted and unweighted grades. Once again you will be taking notes and sharing this episode with a friend!

With a great transcript, it is your key to free college!

Remember to keep your questions coming! Visit Jean on her website to find the FAQ or learn more about test prep.

Show Notes:

  1. What is a transcript? You definitely need one for admission to college.
  2. What goes on a transcript? All of your subjects, your grades and the number of credits per subject.
  3. How necessary is a fancy transcript or transcript service? No, but it needs to be correct. If you need help use a reliable source.
  4. What is a weighted and unweighted grade? Weighted is honors classes or college credits which are taken while in high school – it counts for one or a half point more than regular credits. Unweighted is high school credits as is.
  5. Must you have a grading key on the transcript? Why is this important? Yes, a grading key is important. What consists of an “A” for one teacher is different from another teacher.
  6. Do you need your SAT or ACT scores on your transcript? You do not have to have your scores but it is good to include them if they are very good.
  7. Do classes count differently, such as dual enrollment or an AP class? Yes, they are weighted more.
  8. Including Community Service Hours – this is good for colleges that really hold weight for this type of thing.

Website Links: Are transcripts your key to free college?

HSLDA – State Information

Common App – Common Ap.org

Transcripts your key to free college:

More show topics coming – such as Community Service Hours, and High School Notebooks.

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May 11 2018

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CLT Standardized Test

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CLT Standardized Test ~~ Lookout SAT/ACT-New Test in Town

The CLT Standardized Test is a new test that is taking on the SAT and ACT Tests. CLT stands for Classic Learning Test. A Harvard graduate wrote the test, standardized – get results right away. They will know the comparison of the other tests. Dave Wagner and Jeremy Tate

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Show Notes: CLT Standardized Test

What is the CLT?

  1. CLT – Classic Learning Test
  2. Been around a couple of years
  3. Jeremy Tate the co-founder of the CLT
  4. The new standard, deals with the complaints of the SAT and ACT – the values of Western Civilization
  5. Offered 5 x a year, a modern testing format, the student bring their laptop or tablet, they would get their scores immediately
  6. Very similar to SAT and ACT
  7. Overall goal is to have a better test and a better standard. CS Lewis passages or Charles Dickens
  8. They are accepted in 100 colleges
  1. What sections are on the test?
    1. Same as SAT and ACT – similar in how
    2. Verbal Reasoning 40
    3. Grammar 40
    4. Quantitative Reasoning 40
    5. The most you can get on the 120 and there is a conversion ; the highest score is a 117
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    7. Average ACT is 21 — Average SAT 1060 — Average CLT is 65
    8. Practice tests online
    9. Student guide as baseline score
    10. 2 Hours long without an essay
    11. You can take it unlimited times
  2. What is the format?
    1. Based on 120 minutes or 2-hour time limits
    2. 40 on reading 45 on grammar and 45 on math section
    3. Students will have their device, the timer goes off, and then you move on to the next section…
    4. Given about a minute per question and less than a minute
    5. Gives a predictability of the student’s college readiness
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    7. You can become a format
    8. Parents can proctor it for you
  3. What are the differences from the SAT/ACT
    1. Contemporary literature content is one of the big differences, western thought and tradition
    2. Based on thought provoking changes
    3. Analogies on the CLT that use to be on the SAT that are no longer on the test
    4. No essay
  4. What colleges accept the CLT?
    1. Reach out to the college
    2. Listed on the website
    3. About 100 colleges take this test
    4. Liberty, Bryan, etc.
  5. Does it have a PSAT equivalent contest?
    1. They have a CLT – 10 offered for a similar contest like the PSAT
    2. It is free, you can take the CLT and taken at the home, proctored by the parent
    3. Honor system
    4. Partnered NAS – National Association Scolars
    5. 108 or above on CLT – SAT 1480 and a 32 on ACT
    6. Take it 10th grade in April of 10th grade and gives
  6. What good news do you have about the CLT and College Prep Genius?
    1. Partnering with College Prep Genius, and the only program they recommend.
    2. Jean gets inside information
    3. Jean is working on a solutions guide
    4. Retired CLT test so that Jean can create a class for this test
    5. Very similar strategies SAT and ACT
  7. What is College Prep Genius doing with CLT?
    1. Students can purchase their student guide and solution guide to strategize how they can do better
    2. A module will be created by College Prep Genius
    3. Being on the ground floor
    4. com – only recommends Jean Burk, College Prep Genius
  8. What special code can you give to students?
    1. com – practice test – CPG18
      1. Contest for Apple watch!
      2. Cut the tuition down to $25 for the test

Professor at Weaton gave a great review of this test. CLT is growing strongly.

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Apr 27 2018

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Transcripts Credits Grades

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Transcripts, Credits Grades, Oh My!

Tips for an amazing transcript! 

Episode #65

Transcripts, credits, grades really are difficult to figure out but how do you navigate the waters of high school? Well-meaning parents and friends will tell you that your child won’t get accepted with a “valid” transcript. That’s not true, but we will talk about suggested credits and so much more. Road Map for success – http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/roadmap

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Show Notes: Transcripts, Credits and Grades

  1. What are suggested credits for high school?
    1. Depending on state and homeschool laws
    2. Minimum 23 credits
    3. Minimum, Recommended and Distinguished
    4. Shoot for the distinguished – 27-29 credits…you can fall into the recommended plan.
  2. Can you define a credit and how to award them to the student?
    1. Credit can be called a unit- measure the amount of time the student has spent on the course.
    2. A credit can be 120-180 hours of work
    3. The beauty is you can define your own credits. 5 x 45 min x 180 =
    4. You establish how you will award your credits.
    5. Homeschooling allows flexibility.
      1. Textbook/ tests approach
      2. Credits for sewing, art, Eagle scout, music, drama
      3. Related experiences classroom, rehearsals, etc.
      4. College classes, dual credit and early college Demonstrated expertise – take care of horses, equestrian class; baking, sewing, carpentry work, etc.

High School Grade Scale: Important for Transcripts, Credits and Grades

  1. High school grade scale.
    1. Important to allow your children to know your scale
    2. 90-100 –A | 89-80—B | 79-70—C | 69-60—D
    3. You can adopt your own scale or adjust to your scale
    4. Let the kids know you won’t deviate
  2. What are some possible grading standards?
    1. Establish standards can help your child and work toward their strengths
    2. Grades are based on:
      1. Math: 1/3 tests – 1/3 daily work – 1/3 final exam
      2. History ½ reading and ½ reports
  • Fine arts ½ performance and ½ practice
  1. DonnaYoung.org – free forms that will help record your grades
  2. HSLD – has a low-cost recording site
  1. Elective courses can be Pass/Fail but not calculated into average

What is a transcript and why does our teen need one?

  1. Should have a transcript whether or not you went to college
  2. Record of accomplishments completed during high school years, I did something and completed it.
  3. Validate your high school work that you completed
  4. Required for military acceptance
  5. Entry level employment jobs
  6. Internship
  7. Annual report card or a summary of what you have completed.
  • How to calculate the GPA?
    1. Grade Point Average
    2. GPA – assign a grade to a point. Multiply points by 1 credit or more credits that will give you the points
      1. A = 4 points
      2. B = 3 points
  • C = 2 points
  1. D = 1 point
  1. Yearly GPA takes you letter point, assign it a number value, divide it by the total credits you’ve given.
  2. Total Years – take all your credits and divide it by the points and divide.
  3. Weighted and Unweighted score: has to do with more advanced classes like more “weighted credits” for harder classes.
  1. Where do I start?
    1. The beauty of homeschooling is you can begin anytime. It is best to begin in the 8th grade using a master planner form or template.
    2. Kids can help chose the classes over basic core classes
    3. Taking ownership of the plan, compare admissions requirement and state law
    4. If your child knows they want to go to college you can shoot for distinguished
    5. Maturity helps, they become more serious as they get older

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Apr 13 2018

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ABC’s Of Early College

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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.

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Show Notes: ABC’s of Early College

  1. What are some college trends?
    1. 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.
    2. Low-cost college and credits
    3. Bachelor’s degree can make 182% more per week
    4. College tuition increased by 600%
  2. 12 Early college benefits?
    1. For homeschoolers broadens their course offerings
    2. Enhances academic rigor
    3. Avoids duplication of course work
    4. Increases their schedule flexibility – earn extra minors or majors
    5. Tend to finish college as a whole
    6. Earning a technical degree or certificate while in high school
    7. Shortens your time to earn a degree
    8. Reduce college costs
    9. Transferable college credits – basic or core credits
    10. Earning high school and science simultaneously
    11. Building your student’s confidence
    12. Still, home so you can guide and coach them
  3. Name the 3 main types of early college?
    1. 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/

  1. AP – advanced placement credits
    1. By college board – same people who make the SAT
    2. Challenging and show mastery
  • Approved by the college board
  1. Online, or buying the books and study on your own, take courses by AP teacher who was authorized by the college board
  2. Listen to the audio for recommendations for official AP courses online
  3. 38 courses your students can take
  1. CLEP—College level placement
    1. Be prepared to be sure it all transfers to the college you want to attend.
    2. 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
  1. Tests are 90 minutes long
  2. Testing centers listed on College board website.
  3. Official study guides by the college board
  1. Dual Enrollment – early enrollment
    1. Sometimes credits don’t transfer
    2. High school and college at the same time
  • The transition from high school to college easier
  1. Core classes out of the way
  1. What test scores are required?
    1. The entrance exam is still needed for college even junior or state college
    2. Scores need to be high enough on SAT and ACT for admission, check the college of choice

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Mar 23 2018

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How To Ace The ACT

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How to Ace the ACT

Podcast 63

Did you know that College Prep Genius teaches you how to ace the ACT? Truthfully, test anxiety is half the battle. Changing your mindset is important. In this podcast, Jean Burk discusses information about the ACT and how to ace this important college entrance test to gain valuable college scholarships and minimize college debt!

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Show Notes: How to Ace the ACT

  1. What does ACT stand for? American College Test
    1. ACT says it is not like the SAT but it is not true.
    2. 20 years ago it made a difference about what test you took.
    3. ACT – practice tests and prep guide only use official questions!
    4. Do not get books prior to 2015 – do not get old tests.
  2. Which college takes the ACT?
    1. However now 100% of colleges take either one.
    2. If a school prefers one over the other – they use a conversion score.
    3. Ask the school, they will tell you.
    4. One more point on an ACT can convert to 20K
  3. Differences/Similarities with SAT and ways to Ace the ACT
    1. Both standardized test
    2. Assess critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    3. Both tests questions objective.
    4. SAT – 2 Math 1 Reading 1 Writing | ACT 1 Math 1 Science 1 Reading and 1 Writing (Listen to the audio for the specifics.)
    5. Both objectives can a student do well under pressure?
    6. SAT is an unlimited number of attempts – ACT up to 12 attempts
      1. You are not hindering anything taking it more time.
      2. You will see patterns in the test, or you are more familiar with it.
  • You can use a Super Score… the highest scores from each test.
  1. SAT – 1600 and the ACT – 36
  1. Is the ACT more content-based than the SAT?
    1. The big myth is that the ACT has more content
    2. The ACT has spent money in promoting it measures your high school ability. However different schools teach different things so that is impossible.
    3. Not true, they are both logic tests – how well a student can think through a question in about 1 minute and then move on.
  2. What is the TIR?
    1. Recommended to order this service. Test Information Release for the ACT –it gives them a test back. Shows the areas you had trouble in. You have results given.
    2. Highly recommend, you take the ACT test Dec, April, and June
  3. Where to find the right way to practice?
    1. Learning test-taking strategies is key.
    2. Wrong answers are very tricky! Answers you are more than likely going to pick if you don’t understand the logic behind the questions in the answer.
    3. Need to change your approach to the test.
    4. You can answer the questions in 30 seconds or less.
    5. Be sure the test book is 2016 or later.
  4. Do I need to be really good in science to do well on the ACT?
    1. This is not a science test. More about knowing and reading and finding the info that restates what is in the passage. All the info is right in front of you.
    2. Circle keywords are important.
    3. Science sections have 5 types of questions, overall, questions about chart or graph, numbers or inferences, double facts, and it is knowing where the information is found.
  5. How long do you get per question?
    1. Timing – less time on the ACT
    2. Knowing test-taking strategies is so important. There are not several minutes to
    3. English – 75 questions 45 min –36 seconds per question
    4. Math –60 questions 60 min – 1 seconds per questions
    5. Reading –40 questions 35 min – 52 seconds per questions
    6. Science –40 and 55 min –1+ min per question
    7. Essay Time: 40 minutes for a prompt question – generally have to do with high school life. (Optional)
  6. Let me know about the secret chance to take the ACT …and how to ace the ACT
    1. 23 Secrets to Standardized Test – links here
    2. Residual ACT –offered 6 times a year nationally. You can take it in nonconventional times during the year. Given on many campuses several times a year. Take it on your time. It will only apply to that school.
    3. Get your results very quickly.
    4. You can avoid the late fees and deadlines by paying at the college itself.
  7. What other pertinent links can you share?
    1. Which colleges will super score the SAT http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/ACTsuperscore
    2. Essay – college requires it or not
    3. http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/requiredACTessay
    4. What score converts – http://www.collegeprepgenius.com/SATACTconversionchart Some schools will give more money on one test over the other. A similar score is higher and more money is offered for it!

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Mar 17 2018

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FAFSA 12 Best kept secrets

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FAFSA – 12 Best Kept Secrets Application Tips with Jean Burk

Episode 62

Here are the FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets. Did you know that 80-90% of families make mistakes on the FAFSA that cost them tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money? This information is timely before October 1 – so please listen and share this show with your friends with college-bound students.

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Show Notes: FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets

Did you know that many times students do not complete the FAFSA application completely? You must complete the FAFSA all the way through. It is an application for low-interest student loans and grants. If you don’t complete it you can lose out on thousands of dollars.

You can do this ahead of time to be prepared on filling out the FAFSA application. Pre-work – download the PDF from the website. http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov

FAFSA 12 Best Kept Secrets:

  1. Scams: Be aware of scam copies – A company purchased this website àcom they will charge you for the FAFSA – it is a FREE application. http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov
  2. ID: Get you FAFSA ID ahead of time. You get a username and a password. If you are considered a dependent student, you need your separate ID. It can take a few weeks to get your ID. There can be a backlog at the last minute. Do not share your ID with others. This information you are putting on your FAFSA is sensitive information. Store it in Lastpass.com (you can get a free account) or a paid account is $20 per year and it keeps you ID safe.
  3. Date October 1 on your senior year. Many states will run out of money early. You can put in ten colleges when you are filling out your FAFSA. You use your prior-prior taxes or two years before you apply for the loan. You need pull that out and bring out the information. If you have had a decrease in income from 2015 to now – that can be adjusted as well – addendum needs to be filled out with each college.
  4. Deadlines: To maximize your scholarship opportunities fill it out by October 1 – Each school and state will set their deadlines. October 1 is the FIRST day you can apply – deadlines are months later, but why wait?
  5. Which ID? Do not use your ID (parents) when you start our your FAFSA – they will give you an option to enter the student information. USE the student ID – it will automatically add your personal information.
  6. Knowing the lingo on the FAFSA helps – certain questions that you automatically know, but you may make mistakes –
    1. Legal guardianship – Students will answer yes here. You are not considered a legal guardian of yourself! So the answer is NO
  7. NUMBER: The number of family household members – specific definition. Many students put the wrong number down. It has no bearing on who claims the parents in a divorce situation. How many are in your household – that is in your entire family. Siblings. Read instructions carefully.
    1. The number of family members who are in college and private school. If you are thinking about just your siblings. Don’t forget to include yourself. You are also going to college.
  8. Common Mistakes:
    • If it says You or YOUR – it means the student.
    • Put in your full name as it appears on your social security card – no nicknames. It will bring you delays if you are not accurate.
    • Double check your social security number.’
  9. Income Information: 
    • How much income tax – not your AGI (adjusted gross income) – IRS data retrieval tool that will tell you how to fill it out.
    • Be sure to see if they are asking for your income vs. your parent’s income. Do not get them confused.
  10. Parent section is color coded – you can fill out the parent information. (Even if you live on your own. It still can help you.)
  11. Add More Colleges: Students may only be considering only one or two colleges. You have up to ten schools you can list. Take advantage of this tool and the other colleges cannot see the schools you are sending this to. You can always remove and add more schools.
  12. Sign It! Don’t forget to sign your FAFSA this will cause an incomplete FAFSA. You sign it with your ID number. You can mail a signature page if you want. It is not necessary. You can check the status of your application at any time.

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Sep 21 2017

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