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  1. Oh thanks so much for all the ideas! CLEP may also be the way to go, I hadn’t thought of that! I’m not really interested in them getting college credit bc they will likely take the class over anyway in college - I just want them to skip an unnecessarily boring and non-rigorous cc class. Also, Khan academy would definitely work as prep. Their text is unfortunately not Larson - it’s a McGraw-hill text by Smith and Minton. So I’m guessing they will have gaps to fill for AP.
  2. Hello friends: My dds are both currently taking Calculus Honors. Our plan was to have them take Calc II at the local community college in the fall. However, it has just come to my attention that the college may not accept a high school Calc Honors as credit for Calc I and may want them to take Calc I again. I haven't really decided whether we will just go ahead with that or not, but we had initally planned that they would take Calc again in college (for a more rigorous review) and it seems that taking it 3 times is a little much. Plus, my impression of the CC courses is that they are
  3. That's an amazing score -- congratulations to your dd!
  4. Was he the guy that had the bright idea to dumb down the SAT (it's newest form that came out in about 2015 or so)?
  5. Not only that, but the Cal States are much less expensive than the UC schools -- and appear to have a few more dollars in merit money for top students from what I've been able to tell. Cal States also have a reputation for being more "hands on" and helping students develop marketable job skills vs UC schools, that are more theoretical and geared toward prepping kids for grad school. Frankly, with the tuition explosion that has occurred over the past couple of decades, a couple of the Cal States are really appealing to our family (moreso than the UCs) -- and our dds are pretty high achieving
  6. If you mean the October school day test here in the U.S., the curve for math was -1 = 790 and -2 = 770. The reading curve was not as bad as the writing. My dd missed only one question on the whole test -- the writing portion. -1 on writing = 38. She was bummed they took off 20 points for just one question, esp when -1 for the reading portion was a 39. But really, it was not that bad of a curve, compared to some I've seen. See the QAS guide here: https://pine-student-qassupplemental-download.s3.amazonaws.com/1356/5OSA03/201810-sat-qas-table-guide.pdf?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256
  7. How annoying that the school is requiring the ACT. I hope the school pays for it too? I have no experience with the ACT, but I'm wondering, for the sake of your dd's sanity, if she could just cancel her score immediately after the test date, like you could for the SAT?
  8. Mirabillis - this curve really does stink. However, and this will be small comfort, I know, but even if your son had gotten 36, 37, 37, which seems more appropriate than what he received (esp on the math), he would have had a selection index of 220. Three 37s would have been 222. Really great, but not enough to qualify in CA where the cutoff is ridiculously high. EBRW is unfortunately weighted more than the math, which also seems unfair but that’s what the NMS Corp prefers, I guess.
  9. The website earlyscores.com enables those of us with later release dates to get them today. We are in CA and got both our dds’ scores. Excited bc older dd is likely a NMSF with a selection index of 226!!!
  10. I wonder if those two questions that were thrown out had something to do with the equivalence of scoring on the NoCalc section?
  11. If it's any comfort to you, my dd reported she felt the Math No Calc section on this year's PSAT was overly difficult in terms of finishing on time. She took 3 of the Khan Academy practice tests and one of the PSAT prior tests as practice, for reference. When I asked her why she felt that way, she said she felt that section had too many tedious calculations, which were unnecessarily time consuming. I'm kind of in awe of her math ability and she did end up missing no questions in Math, so, fwiw -- I trust her judgment that it was an overly difficult test this year. Hopefully, the college bo
  12. The 2016 practice test is in the current PSAT booklet that students get when they register for the October 2016 test. I believe the third test is the actual test from October 2015, which students get a copy of after they take the test. I would love to know how to get a copy of that one!
  13. Is he taking actual college board tests and having the same time problems? I've never heard of Ivy Global.
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