A friend of a friend shared this with me today. I love this. My friend said: My daughter’s new elementary school principle sent this to all the students as they received their state standardized testing scores this week:
“We are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you– the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have traveled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart.”
My friend reported her daughter who did well on the test shrugged about her scores, but read the letter over and over and held it close to her heart announcing, “I really love this.”
It is fall, and students are beginning to really panic about college admissions tests, such as the SAT. Here are the tentative SAT dates:
- October 2013 -Saturday, October 5, Sunday, October 6
- November 2013 – Saturday, November 2, Sunday November 3
- December 2013 – Saturday, December 7, Sunday, December 8
- January 2014 – Saturday, January 25, Sunday, January 26
- March 2014 – Saturday, March 8, Sunday, March 9
- May 2014 – Saturday, May 3, Sunday, May 4
- June 2014 – Saturday, June 7, Sunday, June 8
There are countless theories and options to help you prepare for the SAT. Let’s talk about the math section first. The content is largely from Algebra 1 and Geometry. Do you know your formulas? Do you know the theories? I will write more about that soon.
Stay tuned. Review. Practice your formulas. Grab some old test books with multiple choice math and grammar questions. I will get back to you on how to begin to “reason out” the answers.
here is a link for some college fairs that may be coming to a city near you. https://www.gotomyncf.com/Registration/EventSelectForState?stateName=All
You never know when you will have the opportunity to find the school of your dreams!
This is the time of year when students (and their parents) spring into high gear when it comes toSAT AND ACT test preparation. There are countless test preparation books and courses available to students on that very subject. There are other ways to become a standout candidate in the college admissions exercise. What am I talking about? I am talking about taking and passing CLEP and DANTES/DSST tests. If you do a web search on those two topics you will see a list of tests that are available. You take the test(s) at a testing center. Your search will show you the locations of those centers. If you pass those tests, you garner 3 college credits (and in some cases, more). Of course, before spending the money on the tests, make sure that your particular potential college(s) will accept those tests. Most colleges (including Ivy League colleges) do accept them. One caveat is that for the tests that involve laboratory sciences, most schools will only accept them as electives, not as fulfilling your general education science requirement. But, they would still be accepted as elective credits. With these tests, you can potentially test out of the majority of your general education requirements for your bachelor’s degree when you pass enough of those tests. This can be done without taking AP courses.
Beyond saving you a bundle of money, and a significant amount of time, passing these tests proves something important to the college admissions officer. What does it prove? It proves that you are capable of college level work. The tests prove it because when you pass them, you are awarded college credits. That is one of the things college admissions officers want to know. The SAT and/or ACT score is an indicator of the student’s potential ability to handle college level work. But if you have earned college credits, the officer no longer needs to solely rely upon that test score. As a matter of fact, if you pass enough of those tests prior to beginning college, you go in as a transfer student. THAT puts you in the express line for admissions.
Please let me know if you have questions about this. I would be happy to set up a tutoring session, or series of sessions, to help you achieve your dreams.
I have been made aware that putting complete postings that originated elsewhere may be a violation of the WordPress agreement unless specific permission has been granted. This is even if I include the link and make it clear who the original source is. I had thought that if I made it clear that it was not my material, and whose it is, that that was sufficient. since the bulk of my information on this blog is from other experts, I am going to do quite a bit of reformatting. I know a number of my followers are new to this blog. It is going to take me a bit of time to either re-write the material, or find a way to stick to WordPress policy and provide information. As I re-work each of my prior posts, I will re-publish them with the original dates. Feel free to leave comments, and I will get back to you as I can—kate
Do you feel adrift, purposeless, or clueless? Does your student or teen seem adrift or undefined? Do they lack that spark or glow you wish they had? Sometimes it helps to get them writing. I don’t care if the writing is flawless. As a matter of fact, for the purposes of what I am talking about here, that is irrelevant. If you can get them writing something for themselves—a journal, a private blog, or a blog that is shared, it can help enormously. Teens are known for at times letting their friends or the latest trends define them. But if they write, and search their hearts, eventually they can stumble upon a path that is just for them. Get them blogging! Here is an article that addresses that concept, along with some research to back it up! Tell me what you think!
The research was published in Psychological Services by Meyran Boniel-Nissen and Azy Barak of the University of Haifa.