SAT Scores (aka, My Buddha) december. I’d characterize yesterday as an epically bad day in my 46 years of life, and whilst the turmoil had nothing to do with the SAT, my December ratings would not help.

SAT Scores (aka, My Buddha) december. I’d characterize yesterday as an epically bad day in my 46 years of life, and whilst the turmoil had nothing to do with the SAT, my December ratings would not help.

Yes, we do recognize (intellectually) that I should feel happy about my Reading and scores that are writing but honestly, that Math score feels crushing, like a bully. Today, well, I’m trying to see it as my Buddha.

The part that is worst was telling my son. I swear to you, he looked at me with your big, wide, honest to god eyes of surprise, and said ‘really?’ — like he really couldn’t believe their mom didn’t do it. I do believe I’d actually convinced him that work pays off (that is what I thought!).

But he’s a sweetie, and he quickly focused on my Reading and Writing scores, telling me exactly how great they are, blah blah blah. In fact I got all sorts of encouraging e-mails from friends and family:

‘I understand it is difficult to keep in mind at times like these, but these scores are not really a judgment. They are simply numbers ….. You did your very best and offered it your best shot. That’s what’s most&mdash that is important the process, maybe not the outcome …. Your scores are great you are 40 points away from an 800 on CR do you understand how many moms and dads would kill for that score?? The 730 on writing just puts you in your range.’

They made me feel better, in a supported kind of way — 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’s a better school for you…’

And that is all true, nonetheless it still feels devastating. At least it does for me.

At the end of the day yesterday, I received an email that truly did lift my spirits. It arrived from a school that is high whom I’d never came across:

Today SAT scores came out! Just How did you do? I wish you did well. I understand you’ll get a score that is good and congrats on completing the project! That which you did was very inspiring, especially for highschool seniors. I simply thought that I would allow you to know that you motivated me to study, and I went from a 1630 (520R 600M 510W) (junior year) up to a 2300 (700R 800M 800W) (senior year).

I need to print that out and publish it at eye level on my bulletin board.

We haven’t fully processed how it is possible I started without knowing a thing last January that I spent dozens and dozens of joyful hours studying SAT math over the course of 10 months, and hardly improved at all from where. My friend Catherine claims it’s one more piece of evidence that a curriculum that is solid crucial, and without that, no amount of SAT prep in the world will probably enhance your rating.

For all intents and purposes, i did son’t learn a lick of math after 9th grade (until this project was begun by me). I am thinking about having a math course at my local community college — and simply starting from scratch.

I’m not done. I have to pause in order to write book now, but I’m not completed with the math. I feel incomplete.

If there’s anybody else out there feeling disappointed by their scores that are SAT here’s a estimate that i’ve posted in a couple of places around my home that seems to assist:

You find the questions such a person asks are very simple if you have the privilege of being with someone at the time of his or her death:

  • ‘Did I love well?’
  • ‘Did I live fully?’
  • ‘Did I learn to let go?’

— Jack Kornfield

SAT FAQ: Just the Facts

A couple of weeks after my 7th (and last) SAT in 2011, and I’m finally making it through the hill of paper* that had accumulated on the course of the season.

I’m stunned by all of the treasure I came across across the real way that was suffocating in a 6 foot blob together with the visitor bed.

Take, as an example, this FAQ from Erik the Red, which we’d printed out and highlighted on March 29, 2011, having no basic idea at that time the gold I’d just stumbled upon. This FAQ answers nearly every question I’ve ever heard expected in regards to the SAT, including…..The Curve.

I’d recommend anyone facing the SAT within the year that is next two start using this link from reflection essay outline Erik the Red before heading up to another one of the best web sites, College Confidential, and this can be more wild west than authoritative (though fun…very fun….so aren’t getting me wrong about CC. It is loved by me there. I am obsessed. But i have learned to always verify exactly what I hear here.)

But for SAT Facts (without having to wade through the College Board’s site), cut to the chase with Erik the Red’s FAQ, in order to find answers that are reliable:

  • The SAT Calendar
  • Reused SAT Questions
  • The Curve
  • Test Details
  • Hyper Links to 3 Actual SATs (answers included)
  • SAT Question Index
  • Test Date Popularity and the ‘Best Month’ to Take the SAT

*Yes, i will be among those retro old those who prints out blog posts. But, in cases where a article makes it to the ‘printed out’ period of my life, which means it passed the cursory online read and is ready for a deeper embrace.

And yes, I recycle.

P.S. Three more days until December SAT scores are released. YIKES. I’m so frightened (and excited). I have actually therefore much to state about this last month of study… much to say….so little time.

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