Does my child need to take the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, the GED, the PSAT, SAT or ACT? Can my child take AP or CLEP exams?
As mentioned above, the Alabama High School Exit Exam and the GED are not required by homeschoolers. Indeed, the GED can actually carry a stigma of a drop-out, since it implies that the student did not finish high school, which significantly lessens the value of an otherwise excellent academic record. As a result, Outlook Academy and Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) do not recommend that homeschoolers take the GED. The PSAT/NMSQT is not required by homeschoolers, so it is optional. If a homeschooled student wants to take it, he should contact a principal or counselor at a local public or independent private high school to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT at their school. Be sure to do so well before the mid-October test dates, preferably during the previous June. For more information, go to CollegeBoard.com at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/reg/homeschool.html. Because colleges do require the SAT (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT (formerl