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  1. I found this as well: https://www.testprep-online.com/scat-sample-questions I didn't pay for any of the prep but would have done if DS had not done well on the test. He's not used to standardized tests at all but managed to do okay.
  2. DS14 just took the SCAT a few weeks ago. I had him do the practice test and, on the basis of the result and the fact that I'm tired, decided not to have him prep any more. I figured I'd let him take it and then do a retake (with lots of prep) if he didn't get in. Fortunately he did. He did better on the actual test than the practice. Having said that, I recently received an email from CTY about a testing pilot program they are running now that will permit students to use scores from a wide variety of tests to qualify: https://cty.jhu.edu/talent/docs/Testing-Pilot-Flyer-2021.pdf
  3. Looking for some advice on helping DS (14, ADHD) to prevent/catch silly mistakes in his work, particularly in math and French. I know about the idea of creating checklists to check, but this is proving difficult to implement for a variety of reasons. Getting him to write down all the steps in math is an ongoing battle. He has meds and an EF coach involved. Does anyone have any tips or tricks that have worked? Thanks.
  4. DDs (twins) graduated homeschool high school two years early, because of grade skips from when they were in b&m school. We were using an umbrella school from the country where we had lived when they were in school, which provided accountability for the girls in terms of check-ins with tutors and so on. One of them was/is very interested in music and decided to go to an academic boarding school with a strong music program for sixth form (we are in the UK right now, so she went for the last two years of high school to do A-levels). It was not that far from home, and the school's boarding str
  5. I have two who graduated two years early and did not want to go to university that young. One went to boarding school for two years, and the other did two years of study abroad. DC3 was in boarding school from age 9, which was the best possible option for him. DC4 is 14, homeschooling and in no way a boarding school type at the moment. I'd be happy to answer questions, here or by pm.
  6. DD is off to med school in August and is renting an apartment with three other students she does not know from before. Apparently all the parents are being asked to guarantee payment of rent, and I'm okay with guaranteeing DD's portion of the rent but not anyone else's. The landlord also wants a lot of info from me: tax returns, W2s, paystubs, letter from my employer, bank statements, passport, etc. I have not rented in the US in ages. I don't even have a W2 because I'm not in the US. Is this kind of request normal? I really don't want to give all that personal info to a random stranger. Argh.
  7. We tried MOS for a year, but I got fed up with the lack of homework, lack of constructive feedback, teachers not showing up, etc. We're at another online school, which is better. I spoke with CHS as well but didn't think it would be a good fit.
  8. Petty vent I know, but with other much much bigger bad stuff going on that I can't vent about, I'm going to say how irritating some of the kids in DS's Scout Troop are, and he has to work directly with two of the most annoying! He's SPL and his ASPL is a nightmare -- whiny, sucks up to the adults, tries to boss DS and acts generally like DS is his to order around. I monitor DS's WhatsApp and emails (he's only 13) and have had to step in a couple of times behind the scenes to help DS shut down this kid's rudeness. And it's the beginning of the term. Plus DS has been told to work with a very you
  9. If you can get a taxi (should book one in advance (through Addison Lee) to be sure of it) and get to the start point, you can do a London Walk https://www.walks.com/our-walks/walks-by-date/?d=2019-12-25 This seems to be offered only on Christmas Day. Here's a link to transport info for Christmas: https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/christmas-travel
  10. I'm pretty sure I saw your question 2 posed recently on an email list serv I'm part of but can't locate the exact email. I believe the solution was to have the LOR writer send that particular recommendation directly to the school, and have the other recs from that writer made generic and uploaded through the Common App. As for 1, it's the recommender who uploads the rec, so pretty sure you would not be able to decide not to use the rec once invited. I'd say start very early with recommenders as some of them don't upload until super-late and it's super-stressful! As for 3, I'm not su
  11. I would appreciate an invite. I has two 21 yos and an 18 yo to contribute.
  12. That just seems outrageous to me -- and most of those absences could have been known well in advance! I can see how this would be extremely annoying from the prof's perspective, and I imagine you and other profs have had to deal with many half-baked excuses for absences over the years. DD has a friend who regularly missed class because she just didn't feel up to it and got doctor's notes for that, for example, whereas DD doesn't miss class very much at all. Seems like it would make sense to crack down on those absences, perhaps through making it more difficult to get excused by requiring more
  13. My 13 yo boy took great offense last night when I sent him back to retake his shower, with soap this time. Because apparently rinsing with water is enough to get off summer grubbiness. And when I told his 18 yo brother, 18 yo said, oh yeah I remember water-only showers; I did that all the time.
  14. I'm not sure how student-athletes who are serious students manage, tbh. Kudos to your daughter! Having spent a bit (a lot) of time talking and thinking about the whole issue of class conflicts with other obligations, I'm starting to think that there has to be a better way to manage this, or at least that there has to be a policy that sets out guidelines. The way this is playing out at DD's school isn't fair to students or professors. DD has contacted the editor of the student paper, and he's asked her to do an op ed piece. I think she'll use that as a platform to advocate for a fair and unifor
  15. A (hopefully) positive update -- DD emailed several other professors in the department, who know her well, and one went and spoke with the recalcitrant prof on her behalf. He has suggested that DD try again to speak with the prof and thinks that the prof will now be more understanding (would love to have overheard his convo with the prof!). It's no guarantee, but it's a step in the right direction. She could in theory still drop the major but that also means not doing her thesis, and she is very attached to her topic and has been looking forward to it. Meanwhile, neither of the deans I e
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