Advantages of having your child assessed

1. Homeschool Assessment Tests (also referred to as The Private Examination Board) provides a good measuring tape for individuals who do not form part of a formal school group.

2. It helps to create a valid set of records of the child’s achievement over a period of time.

3. Having children assessed provides standardised testing for parents who would like to test their children but do not have the know-how.

4. An assessment test will indicate how well a child has progressed in a given subject, in terms of a standardised average.

5. Homeschool assessment tests could be a powerful tool in motivating the child to work harder and improve his/her grades.

6. An assessment showing poor results could be an early indication that the child is experiencing difficulty in a specific area and that intervention is necessary.

7. It helps parents to gauge whether or not their child is ready to go on to the next step/standard/grade.

8. Regular homeschool assessments and tests helps to prepare the child for later on when exams are a must (but still allows him/her to grow into this gently by doing it in the comfort and security of their own home).

9. It encourages the child to consolidate all he/she has learned over a specific period of time.

10. Having children assessed provides a perfect opportunity to teach them how to study and retain their work.

11. Assessing children helps develop skills at reading questions and answering exactly what is asked (processing their information).

12. Having children sit an exam/test teaches child to process information so that he can express it accurately.

13. Assessing children appeases the parents, in-laws and anyone else who questions the validity of homeschooling.

14. Having children assessed makes homeschooling “fit in” to a society that enjoys measuring and comparing.

15. It provides a standardised set of “norms” (for example most kids sit at 6/7 months, walk at 13 months, read at 7 years etc.) against which a homeschooled child can be measured or compared should the parents so wish.

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