December SAT Scores (aka, My Buddha). I’d characterize yesterday as an epically bad day in my 46 years of life, and as the chaos had nothing to do with the SAT, my December ratings failed to help.
Yes, I do realize (intellectually) that I should feel happy about my Reading and Writing scores; but honestly, that Math score feels crushing, like a bully. Today, well, we’m trying to see it as my Buddha.
The part that is worst ended up being telling my son. I swear to you, he looked like he truly couldn’t believe his mom didn’t do it at me with these big, wide, honest to god eyes of surprise, and said ‘really?’ &mdash. I believe I’d actually convinced him that efforts pays off (that’s what I thought!).
But he is a sweetie, and he quickly focused on my Reading and Writing ratings, telling me just how great they are, blah blah blah. In reality I got all sorts of encouraging e-mails from buddies and family:
‘I understand it is difficult to remember at times like these, but these scores are not just a judgment. They are just numbers ….. You did your absolute best and offered it your shot that is best. That’s what is most&mdash that is important the process, maybe not the outcome …. Your scores are great you are 40 points far from an 800 on CR do you know how parents that are many destroy for that score?? The 730 on composing just puts you in your range.’
They made me feel better, in a supported kind of means — but deep out they didn’t get into their first choice college, and everyone writes on their Facebook wall: ‘You’re too good for them… inside I couldn’t help feeling like a high school senior who just found. It wasn’t meant to be….. there is a better school for you…’
And that’s all true, but it still feels devastating. At minimum it does for me personally.
At the conclusion of the yesterday, I received an email that truly did lift my spirits day. It arrived from a school that is high whom I’d never met:
SAT scores came down today! How did you do? You are hoped by me did well. We know you will get a good score, and congrats on finishing the project! Everything you did was very inspiring, especially for highschool seniors. I just thought that I would allow you to know that you motivated me to learn, and I went from a 1630 (520R 600M 510W) (junior year) up to a 2300 (700R 800M 800W) (senior year).
I want to print that out and post it at eye degree on my bulletin board.
I have not completely prepared how it’s possible that We invested tons of joyful hours studying SAT mathematics over the course of 10 months, and hardly enhanced at all from where I began without once you understand a thing last January. My friend Catherine claims it is one more piece of evidence that a curriculum that is solid essential, and without that, no amount of SAT prep within the world will probably enhance your rating.
For all intents and purposes, i did son’t learn a lick of mathematics after 9th grade (until this project was begun by me). I’m thinking about having a math class at my community that is local college; and simply starting from scratch.
I’m not done. I need to pause so that you can write a written book at this time, but We’m not done with the math. I feel incomplete.
If there’s anyone else out there feeling disappointed by their scores that are SAT here is a estimate that i’ve posted in a few places around my household that seems to assist:
For those who have the privilege to be with someone at the time of his or her death, you discover the concerns such someone asks are particularly simple:
- ‘Did we love well?’
- ‘Did I live fully?’
- ‘Did I learn to let it go?’
— Jack Kornfield
SAT FAQ: Simply the Facts
A couple of weeks after my 7th (and last) SAT in 2011, and I’m finally rendering it through the hill of paper* that had accumulated within the course of the year.
I’m stunned by most of the treasure I came across across the way that was suffocating in a 6 foot blob on top of the visitor sleep.
Take, for instance, this FAQ from Erik the Red, which I’d printed out and highlighted on March 29, 2011, having no idea at that point the gold I’d just discovered. This FAQ answers nearly every relevant question i’ve ever heard asked about the SAT, including…..The Curve.
I’d recommend anyone facing the SAT within the next 12 months or two start with this particular link from Erik the Red before heading over to another one of my favorite sites, College Confidential, that can be more wild west than authoritative (though fun…very fun….so aren’t getting me wrong about CC. I love it there. I’m obsessed. But I’ve learned to always verify exactly what I hear there.)
But also for SAT Facts (without having to wade through the College Board’s site), cut to the chase with Erik the Red’s FAQ, and discover answers that are reliable:
- The SAT Calendar
- Reused SAT Questions
- The Curve
- Test Details
- Links to 3 Actual SATs (answers included)
- SAT Question Index
- Test Date Popularity plus the ‘Best Month’ to Take the SAT
*Yes, i’m one particular retro old people who prints down blog posts. But, if a post makes it to the ‘printed out’ stage of my life, this means it passed the cursory online read and is ready for a deeper embrace.
And yes, I recycle.
P.S. Three more days until SAT scores are released december. YIKES. I’m so scared (and excited). I have actually therefore much to express about this last month of study…..so much to say….so very little time.