Is testing required?

If you are registered to homeschool with PACESC, standardized testing IS NOT required because it is not required in SC Law Section 59-65-47 which governs 3rd option homeschoolers.

If you are wishing to register with any other 3rd option group or using a homeschool academy (in addtion to being registered of course), then check with your group.  Some groups add the requirement for their members.

If you are homeschooling throught the local school district or SCHAIS (1st or 2nd options), then you ARE required to have your child tested.  Check with your contact person for your situation.

What tests are available?

Examples of tests available include the Stanford Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and the California Achievement Test.

See our page on Standardized Testing....

Can my child take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT? How does my child register for these tests?

PSAT:  For members of PACESC... Use our school code 411432 when testing.

  • At grade 10, students may take the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (called the PSAT/NMSQT).  Students should take it again in the 11th to qualify for the National Merit Scholarships.
  • The PSAT is given historically in October of each year.
  • To register, contact your local high school early.  Ask when the test will be given, what fees are required, and how to register.
  • Is your child's score qualifies him for the National Merit Scholarship?  You can obtain more information at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation ( .

SAT: For members of PACESC... Use our school code 411432 when testing.

  • Most students begin taking the SAT in the 11th grade.
  • No minimum age required to take the test.  However, it is recommended that students should have completed Algebra I and Geometry prior to taking the SAT.
  • The SAT is a reasoning test covering the subject areas of Math, English, Reading, and Science.
  • Register for the SAT online (not through the local school) at
  • Important Tip!!! Do not guess.  This is a reasoning test and incorrect responses hurt your score. 

ACT: For members of PACESC... Use our school code 411432 when testing.

  • A student must be at least a 6th grader to take the ACT.
  • Register online at
  • Important Tip!!! Answer every question, your scores on the multiple-choice tests are base on the number of questions answered correctly.  There is no penalty for quessing!

What about the GED?

The GED is a test used to test whether a student has acheived the academic skills and knowledge typically gained in a four-year high school program of study.  Since it is typically taken by high school drop-outs, there is still a lot of negative feelings about it.

If your child has completed the high school program as prescribed by the homeschool parent (in compliance with the homeschool laws), you should consider awarding him a diploma.  Homeschool diplomas are, (with rare exceptions) accepted by colleges, employers, and the military.

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