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Secrets to Saving Money on College Entrance Exams and Test Prep
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take the SAT or ACT free of charge
  • Save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on college test prep and standardized exams
  • Learn how free testing saves you money on college applications, tuition and more
  • Understand whether you qualify to take the SAT or ACT at no cost
  • Discover excellent colleges and universities that do NOT require student applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores
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  • There are no prerequisites for taking this course and no special materials or software needed. Just come ready to learn how to save money!

College testing costs can really add up, especially since many college-bound teens take and then re-take standardized exams like the SAT or ACT. It's not uncommon for some families to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on expensive test-prep courses -- not to mention fees to take the exams and then more fees to send test scores to multiple schools. 

This course, Take the SAT or ACT Free!, gives students, parents, high school guidance counselors and others the knowledge they need to put college-bound teens on the right track when it comes to standardized testing for those on a budget. 

The course highlights three main strategies that let students take college entrance exams at absolutely no cost. A fourth strategy covers a low-cost approach to taking the SAT or ACT. 

Students will find this course loaded with information and practical advice for those who choose to take standardized exams - as well as those who skip such exams. If you opt to take the PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT, ACT or AP exams, you'll learn everything you need to know about picking the best test for you and the eligibility guidelines for taking standardized tests free of charge. Be prepared to discover a slew of money-saving tips for college entrance testing and test prep over a series of 15 lectures, which include 9 videos lasting about one hour, 4 articles and 2 quizzes that test your knowledge of what you've learned.

Best of all, this course reveals key benefits and little-known ways students can take advantage of free testing to get extra perks like free college applications and free tuition. For low-income and middle-income students in particular, this course will save your family thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on college expenses -- far beyond just the fees you would have paid for SAT or ACT exams. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is best for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders planning to take college entrance exams or thinking about doing so
  • This course is also valuable for high school guidance counselors, teen mentors or anyone who helps college-bound youth
  • This course will be particularly helpful to low-income students, first-generation students, minority students and others who want to go to college but are concerned about college costs
  • This course is not suitable for current college students or potential transfer students
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
To Test or Not to Test?
4 Lectures 21:58

High school students in America are in the middle of a testing frenzy. Millions of students now take the SAT and ACT college entrance exams each year to improve their odds of college admission or to boost their chances of winning scholarship money. This video introduces viewers to the proliferation of admissions testing (from kindergarten through 12th grade) and offers specific insights on what families can expect to pay for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP exams.

Preview 04:05

Many students and their parents mistakenly believe that taking standardized entrance exams is a requirement in order to be admitted into a four-year college or university. But this is a myth! In fact, numerous postsecondary schools nationwide do not require applicants to take or submit an SAT or ACT score at all. This video discusses the growing trend of "test optional" or "test flexible" colleges -- including numerous elite schools in America -- that let students bypass taking standardized exams like the SAT and ACT.

Preview 06:50

For students who want or need to take a standardized college entrance exam, this article describes the benefits of taking just one such test - either the SAT or the ACT - but not both. The article further explains exactly how students should evaluate and then decide which test is right for them, given the students' own skills, interests and preferences.

Picking the right test to lower testing costs

Students and parents should have a realistic idea of the higher education expenses they will likely incur, for tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies. This video offers an overview about the costs of college in America, for students attending public institutions, as well as students attending private schools. The video also reveals the growing amounts of student loan debt that U.S. college graduates are amassing, individually and in aggregate numbers.

College sticker shock and student loan debt in America

This quiz gets to the truth about standardized college exams and college costs. Let's see how much you know about tests like the PSAT, SAT or ACT - and how they impact a student's ability to get into and succeed at a given college or university. 

Myths Vs. Facts About College Testing and College Costs
5 questions
The Hidden Power of Test Waivers and Vouchers
4 Lectures 24:06

This video explains what testing waivers are and how they can help students take the SAT or ACT at no cost. 

Using test waivers to take the SAT or ACT free of charge

This video reveals the exact rules and requirements students need to know in order to get test waivers for standardized college entrance exams. Specific guidance is offered for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Highlights of this video include the differences between fee waivers offered to students taking the PSAT, SAT and ACT. A special section of this lecture is also devoted to explaining the numerous and little-known financial benefits of test waivers. These waivers don't simply save students money on standardized tests, they save students hundreds of dollars or more in other ways too.

Qualifying rules and the hidden financial benefits of SAT or ACT test waivers

Students sometimes know that a resource exists, but they may not know where to find it or how to go about tracking it down. This video tells students exactly where to go get a valuable resource: an SAT or ACT test waiver. The advice in this video is geared toward traditional students attending a public, private, parochial or charter school, as well as home-schooled students, and even students in foster care.

Where to go and how to get an SAT or ACT fee waiver

Many states in America offer subsidies that pay for students to take the SAT or ACT at no charge. This video explains which states offer vouchers for free standardized exams, as well as how vouchers and subsidized tests can ultimately save students thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.

Getting state vouchers to take the SAT or ACT at no cost

Test waivers and vouchers can save students and their families hundreds or even thousands of dollars. See what you've learned about the power of test waivers and vouchers for standardized exams such as the SAT or ACT.

Test Your Knowledge of Test Waivers and Vouchers
5 questions
Test Prep Expenses and Other Pre-College Costs
5 Lectures 24:53

One reason students drop out of schools they can't afford or wind up with high levels of student loans is that they don't have a clear understanding of college costs from the very beginning. This video is a wake-up call to students, parents, school counselors and others about the real college costs that families incur when a college-bound individual is seeking a four-year degree. The Money Coach explains why anyone planning for college should consider three sets of college expenses: pre-college costs, upfront college costs, and hidden or back-end college costs. 

The truth about college costs that schools don't tell you

Test prep is a multi-billion dollar industry in America. Rather than spending a small fortune on college test prep, this article shows students how to take advantage of numerous free, online test prep options for the PSAT, SAT and ACT exams.

The best free online test prep tutorials

For students who can't afford to pay for costly test-prep services, the good news is that there are alternative ways to get help and to adequately prepare to take the PSAT, SAT or ACT exam. This article highlights three great ways to get free test prep - and these are strategies that anyone can use.

3 Ways to get free test prep for the PSAT, SAT and ACT

Some students do better studying in a group, but others prefer to go it alone. For those that are comfortable, willing and able to study solo, this article offers detailed guidance and tips on how to create your own independent study plan for a standardized test, such as the PSAT, SAT or ACT. The author provides insights into the specific methods that her daughter used in adopting an independent study plan for the SAT and PSAT - with the latter test resulting in the instructor's daughter becoming a National Merit Scholarship winner. 

Creating your own independent study plan to prepare for college entrance exams

This lecture highlights key lessons of this course and offers a preview of the instructor's other money-saving advice and courses on paying for college.

Bonus lecture: Recap and a summary of more info to come
About the Instructor
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
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143 Students
3 Courses
Money Coach and Media Coach, CEO of TheMoneyCoach

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, speaker, TV and radio personality, and the author of number books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Lynnette once had $100,000 in credit card debt, before paying it all off in three years and turning her financial life around. 

Since then, she has appeared on such national TV programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Steve Harvey, The Today Show, Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America, sharing her success story and teaching millions about proper money management. Her specialty topics are managing credit and debt wisely, saving money, and paying for college without student loans. 

An award-winning financial news journalist, and former Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, Lynnette has also been featured in top newspapers including the Washington Post, USA TODAY, and the New York Times, as well as magazines ranging from Forbes and Redbook to Black Enterprise and Time. 

Lynnette can frequently be seen as a guest commentator on CNN, FOX Business Network and MSNBC. She also utilizes her more than two decades of media experience to provide media coaching, media training and media consulting services to a range of experts, authors, executives and other individuals and organizations.