This review was sponsored by Fast Transcripts, however, the opinions shared are my own.
When we started homeschooling, almost nine years ago, it was supposed to be temporary. We were going to homeschool until both children (we only had two at the time) were in school. Then I would go back to work at a private school which they could attend. However, it did not take long for us to figure out that homeschooling was not just a short term solution and now we plan to homeschool all four children through high school.
My oldest is a freshman in high school and there are lots of exciting things about having a high school student, but it also comes with its own set of worries and concerns. Among my biggest concerns were algebra (it had been a long time) and transcripts.
Fast Transcripts Program
Today, I get the privilege of sharing with you about a program that can help you with transcripts. I know how important transcripts can be in the college entrance and scholarship process, so it was important to me to make sure that my son’s were done well. It is perfectly legal to create your own, but if you want a little help making sure that it is set up correct, doing the calculations, formatting in a way admissions teams are used to, and even determining names for courses, Fast Transcripts can help.
Fast Transcripts is a subscription based program that has two different options. The first plan is $7.95 per month and allows you to put all your information into the system and get a professional transcript and their transcript audit process. They also have a complete package for $14.95 a month which includes the transcript and audit with the added benefit of expert advice, a final review, and phone-in support.
When I went in to begin my son’s transcript I found the program to be very simple to use. I filled in his basic information and then there was a tab for each year. Under each year I could fill in the course title, grade, and credits. There was also an explanation given for how to denote honors or AP courses if you wanted a weighted GPA.
Grading Scales and Options
There is a spot for you to choose the grading scale that you used and a miscellaneous area for you to make any needed notations about the courses. There is a side bar that shows what courses would be expected from a general high school student as well as college prep. That chart also gives suggestions as to possible courses to fill those requirements.
When your transcript is complete you have several options. You can download it and print and send it to whichever colleges your student is applying. However, you can also use their system to send a secure watermark or digital transcript directly from their Homeschool Clearinghouse to 4,397 colleges & universities. I feel like this is a great way to make sure that your transcript looks professional and is treated fairly by admissions officials.
Questions and Conclusions
When I was reviewing this product and thinking about how I would use it with my children, one of the questions that I had was what happens when my subscription is done. I had this fear that I would cancel the subscription when we thought we were finished with the transcript and then something would happen and I would need it again. Not to worry, all data is saved, so if you cancel your membership and then something happens and you need that data again, simply renew your membership and the data will be there waiting for you.
Overall, I think this is a great resource for those with high school students. It is reasonably priced and takes the guess work out of transcripts. I appreciate that they have both the basic plan and a plan that offers more personalized help. If you have been concerned about creating your child’s transcript or wanted something that looked professional, make sure to check out Fast Transcripts.
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