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  1. I really don't think it counts. We ordered the Question and Answer service from the May test for our son. He had a 5th section that was math. It isn't released with the QAS. His score is made up entirely from his results from the first 4 sections.
  2. One thing to note, since you mentioned both -- the approach to the SAT vs the SAT subject tests are a bit different. On the SAT there are no penalties for guessing/wrong answers, whereas for the SAT subject tests there are penalties for wrong answers. From the college board for subject test scoring: One point is added for each correct answer. A fraction of a point is subtracted for wrong answers: 1/4 point is subtracted for five-choice questions. 1/3 point is subtracted for four-choice questions. 1/2 point is subtracted for three-choice questions. No points are deducted for unanswered questions. If the resulting score is a fraction, it is rounded to the nearest whole number — 1/2 or more is rounded up; less than 1/2 is rounded down. Just something to keep in mind while prepping. Best of luck!
  3. Interesting, mine hated testing at the local university -- our state flagship. The one time my older one did they were in a large, 400 person lecture hall and it was a football Saturday, so no parking available meaning I had to drive him and then meet him off campus to pick him up. As for subject tests, mine have always been able to leave when they are finished with however many they are taking at the high school we use.
  4. So, I did a little digging and it seems that since the March 2019 test kids who are writing the essay can end up with the 5th section, too. Before that, it was not the case. Makes for a long day.
  5. My son had a 5th section both today and back in May. He said some of the problems were even the same. College Board does disclose the possibility of this happening and says it's random. However, my understanding was that kids who are doing the essay don't get it. Hmmm.
  6. Oct 16 -- primary date Oct 19 -- Saturday date Oct 30 -- alternate date
  7. Not supply related, but make sure your kiddo knows how to do laundry -- specifically checking the lint trap in the dryer. At two different tours this summer we heard about dryer fires the first week of school in the freshmen dorms from our tour guides. The tour guides were rising sophomores and lived in the respective dorms. Also, be sure you are familiar with the dorm rules before buying things. My DS's school does not allow foam mattress toppers -- and they do check during fire drills and will throw them out, string lights of any kind, or open flames of any kind, including birthday candles.
  8. It doesn't have to be a well-known private. Every public school student in our district has a P/F course on their transcript from freshman year. It's a once a week, 1/4 credit, first semester class, that helps with the transition to high school. There's no way to not take it. I have no idea what colleges do with it.
  9. It's legit. I recommend doing the trial lesson and then deciding. It wasn't a fit for us. DS got dropped twice during the trial and he couldn't stand being able to hear other conversations in the background. It's call center style on their end, unless things have changed.
  10. Here's the thing -- all schools, big, medium, or small will have a different feel in the summer. Small schools may feel dead and isolated, but the bigger schools tend to be overrun with high school age and sometimes even younger campers. That's not the school's regular vibe either. If summer is the only time you can go -- it was for us -- then that's what you go with if you think it's necessary.
  11. Maybe the Container Store?
  12. I have been following along and am curious about this as well. Which schools? Mainly curious in case my rising senior has/puts any of them on his list. My current college junior was never asked to supply these for interviews. For the most part, those interviews were with alums of the schools who would have no idea about these things. He ended up at a school that does not interview any applicants, nor has any additional requirements for homeschoolers. My rising senior has one interview next week, and the school specifically says not to bring anything -- this is with the admissions office not an alum. There is an extensive questionnaire all interviewees, not just homeschoolers, fill out when they sign up and that is what is used. This is a T50 school. A second school requires a phone interview for homeschoolers once the Common App is filed. They use what is provided in it for their info. Right now no other schools on his list require/recommend interviews for any applicants.
  13. Pretty sure she majored in IR. Although Deliotte is a big 4 accounting firm, they are also the world's largest consulting firm and I think that's where she ended up.
  14. We have a neighbor whose daughter graduated from the program this spring. Here's what I know: She did her freshman and senior years at William and Mary and sophomore and junior years at St. Andrews. For her family cost of being OOS was not a object -- it was cheaper than her NE boarding school. Also, she did a full year abroad with a host family in Spain during high school, so being overseas was not new to her. St. Andrews (the town) is small -- about 16,000 people -- and isolated on the coast. The family attended both the graduation at William and Mary in May and then St. Andrews in June. She got a job with Deliotte in DC and starts there in August.
  15. Lanny: No worries. Back to the OP -- it looks like Rice uses the words recommendation and evaluation interchangeably. This is from their admissions site: Recommendations—Candidates must submit evaluations from their guidance counselor and two teachers. At least one teacher recommendation should relate to the applicant's intended area of study, and both should highlight their academic strengths and contributions in the classroom.
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