The Importance of Practice

November 29th, 2009

One of my SAT Math students, Michael, took the November SAT and just found out that he scored a 670 on the Math portion!!!

We worked together for just about a month (10 hours) and our goal was a 650, which was 110 points above his June score of 540. I think it’s safe to say that we both had a big smile on our faces. 🙂

What made the difference? Practice.

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SAT Online Score Report (and “equating”)

November 12th, 2009

The SAT folks provide a free, 10-page (at least in my case) SAT Online Score Report, made up of a Summary of Results, Score Details for each of the 3 sections, Your Essay and the Essay Scoring Guide, and a Glossary of Terms. This report provides some useful information (particularly if you’re planning to take the SAT again) and a platform for me to discuss raw scores, scaled scores, and the statistical process called equating.

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My SAT results

October 27th, 2009

Critical Reading – 700

Math – 750

Writing – 780 (essay score of 9)

Seeing as how my top scores as a high school student were Verbal – 490, Math – 690, perhaps I can now get into Yale or Harvard! 😀 So…. what do I make of this that might be of help to you?

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My first (as an adult) SAT

October 11th, 2009

So…. yesterday, for the first time in 26 years, I took the SAT. As with the ACT last month, I was certainly an anomaly (an “ages of test takers” outlier ;-)), but it was a great experience, one that I’m happy to share with you.

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My ACT Scores

September 29th, 2009

Boy do scores come back fast thanks to the internet and computers (which weren’t around in the early-80s :-))!

English – 33 (out of 36)

Mathematics – 32

Reading – 33

Science – 25

Composite Score – 31 (97th percentile)

(Not bad for a first time! :-D)

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My first ACT

September 13th, 2009

Yesterday, I took the ACT!

It was my first time taking the ACT (I took the SAT three times in high school), and it was quite an experience. Looking past the fact that I was a 43-year-old (gray hair and all :-)) with absolutely no pressure, allow me to share some thoughts; perhaps you can learn a few things from my experience.

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