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One of the most common questions that I see and hear about homeschooling is “What about high school?” And along with that “What about college? Will colleges accept my homeschooled child?”
The concern is understandable. If you, like me, were never homeschooled, it can be hard to know the path forward for your homeschooled child. When your kids are in traditional school, you have access to resources like guidance counselors who can help you and your child through the college admission process.
But as a homeschooler, you are the guidance counselor and the school staff. And that can make a process like applying for college totally intimidating! You are the one that will be responsible for tasks like creating a transcript, figuring out when your child is going to take the SAT/ACT, and collecting all the necessary paperwork.
However, as is the case with many areas of homeschool, you don’t need a whole trained staff to help you through this process. There are resources out there to help you help your homeschooled child apply for college, including help creating a transcript!
How to Create a Homeschool Transcript
When you are in the middle of the college admissions process with your child, you will realize that every college has slightly different requirements. However, there is a lot of overlap in the process and the request for a transcript is nearly universal.
You don’t have a staff to create a transcript for you, you can make your own. And this is where a service like Fast Transcript can help you create a homeschool transcript.
To be perfectly honest, you can make a homeschool transcript 100 percent on your own without any programs, but is that the best use of your time and resources? Creating a transcript from scratch is sort of like doing my taxes. Could I figure it out all on my own? Yes, most likely, with enough time and research. But is this what I want to do with my time? No, so I use a program or a person to do my taxes for me.
In creating your own transcript, you need to think about the whole four years of schooling – and condense it to a paper that’s in a language admissions officers will recognize and understand. You need to make sure you’re not missing anything important and then on top of all of that, you need to format it!
That’s where tools like Fast Transcript can come in. They make it easy and fast to create a professional looking transcript. You don’t have to worry about the formatting; you can just focus on putting in the information that you know. And once you’ve put in the information you know, Fast Transcript will turn it into a sleek, professional looking homeschool transcript.
Fast Transcript is very easy to use. I went in and created a transcript just for fun to see how well the service worked. It was a very smooth experience! The website walks you through all the information that you need to enter in – and even offers you sample course names you could use! As soon as I started typing in a course name, it showed me matches that I could use. It also automatically calculated the gpa as I went along. I even noticed it learned as I went along. When I put in the year that the freshman year was done, it automatically filled in the other school years accordingly.
One of the really nice feature is the built in error catching feature – it’s worth it for this alone! Not only do you have the peace of mind that your transcript will include all the information you need to include, but it also checks to make sure you didn’t include wrong information – like put the number of credits earned in the grade spot. I did this once on accident and it caught it right away! You may not have someone in your life who is familiar enough with what’s supposed to be on a transcript to catch any errors, so having an extra set of “eyes” can be really helpful.
They can also send your transcript directly to the colleges of your choice. They have access to one of the biggest digital platforms to send your transcript. In fact, they even guarantee that if you send your transcript through them to at least three schools and you don’t get at least one acceptance letter, you’ll get your money back!
Just because you homeschool doesn’t mean that you have to do it all alone! One of my missions here at Pocket Homeschool is to connect you to the resources that help you to homeschool with joy and confidence. I want creating a homeschool transcript to be an easy and stress-free experience for you.