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  1. Can you recommend a book to prepare for the SAT reading section?
  2. ACT scores are affected as well and California State University system is aware of the glitch. From KTVU http://www.ktvu.com/news/computer-glitch-at-csu-fails-to-upload-sat-scores-making-applications-incomplete “A computer coding issue is worrying prospective California State University students after their SAT and ACT scores failed to upload and attach to their applications. 2 Investigates was contacted on Thursday by a college advisor claiming students were running the risk of having their applications canceled. A spokesperson for the 23-campus university system admitted to KTVU on Friday there is indeed a problem because of a coding issue, but no applications will be denied or canceled as administrators are furiously working to correct the glitch. “We’re working through that now and we should have it rectified soon,†Director of Public Affairs Toni Molle said. “Their applications will not be canceled. If there’s any scores that are missing, they will receive an email from us.†... The university system and The College Board are scheduled to have another conference call later on Friday to make sure the sorting of codes and matching is fixed. Any students affected by the mismatch should have received an email. “Students should not worry,†Molle said. “No applications will be canceled without further follow-up.†California State University does not expect any delays and said it is on track to send out acceptance letters as it usually does.â€
  3. Now that SOME of you have gotten your PSAT scores :glare: , I guess it's time for a 2017 PSAT "How did it go?" thread.
  4. “As we shared with our member leaders this fall, the College Board will provide unlimited SAT score reports for low-income students starting spring 2018. In addition, CSS Profile will become completely free for low-income students. We will also continue our longstanding partnership with higher education to provide college application fee waivers so that the entire application process will be free for low-income students. - Statement from David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board, Dec. 13, 2017 ... This applies to all income-eligible students who take the SAT, whether they take it during a weekend national administration or through a School Day administration. ... And starting in fall 2018, CSS Profile will also allow an unlimited number of CSS Profile applications for first-time, domestic college applicants who take the SAT with a fee waiver or meet income-eligibility criteria.†https://www.collegeboard.org/membership/all-access/admissions/college-board-announces-unlimited-sat-score-sends-low-income?ep_mid=11424607&ep_rid=32610101&excmpid=FB-ED-CB-1 “IOWA CITY, Iowa—Starting in September 2018, students from low-income families who take the ACT with fee waivers will be allowed to send ACT score reports for free to colleges and/or scholarship agencies at any time during their college search process. ... ACT’s new policy will waive that fee for students who register for the test with a fee waiver. The free score reports—up to 20 for each test students take with a fee waiver—will never expire, so students may use them whenever they wish.†http://leadershipblog.act.org/2017/12/act-will-offer-free-score-reports-to.html?m=1
  5. Ds16 is studying very hard for the PSAT this summer. He plans to take it in October to try for NM, and then take the SAT shortly after. His skills are good; he is at Level 4 in all the Math and Reading & Writing skills on his Khan Academy SAT dashboard. He took a practice PSAT test today from the Ivy Global PSAT book and only missed one question in the Writing section and one between both Math sections. He missed more in Reading as that's been hit or miss depending on the prep book questions, the passage, etc., but he has also done very well on that, too. His problem is time. If he really hustles he can usually get through the Reading and Writing sections in the time allowed, and has also gotten through the Math No Calculator in time - once out of the six practice tests he's taken. What he really needs help with is finishing the Math With Calculator section. He works until he's finished, marking what problems he finishes in the time allowed, then how long it takes him to finish the rest. He takes almost twice as long as he's allowed with the Math With Calculator section - 1 hour 20 minutes today. He used to be a very sloppy math student in the middle school years, so put a lot of time into training him to be careful, show all his work, and double check everything. Now I feel as if all this training is backfiring. :) He's a really good kid, and he is working so, so hard. I would love to see him rewarded for his hard work and manage to make the cutoff for semifinalist. Does anyone have any tips on how to help him get faster? Thanks! GardenMom
  6. I lost count but more than 90 test centers in Texas are doing the SAT makeup testing this Saturday. Full details on this link https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closings
  7. Complete details in link https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closings Venues affected: Arizona Grand Canyon University Location: Phoenix, Arizona Center Code: 03172 _______________________ California Live Oak Hs Location: Live Oak, California Center Code: 05365 New Covenant Academy Location: Los Angeles, California Center Code: 05458 Soledad Hs Location: Soledad, California Center Code: 05812 ______________________ Colorado Bennett High School Location: Bennett, Colorado Center Code: 06545 ______________________ Florida Lake Worth Comm Hs Location: Lake Worth, Florida Center Code: 10382 ______________________ Indiana Holy Cross Coll Location: Notre Dame, Indiana Center Code: 15722 ______________________ New Jersey Pinelands Regl High School Location: Tuckerton, New Jersey Center Code: 31826 Rising Star Academy Location: Union City, New Jersey Center Code: 31052 Notes: Makeup is to be determined ______________________ New York The Heritage School Location: New York, New York Center Code: 33625 Notes: Makeup is to be determined ______________________ North Carolina High Point Ctrl Hs Location: High Point, North Carolina Center Code: 34470 ______________________ Puerto Rico Colegio Puertorriqueno De Ninas Location: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Center Code: 51527 ______________________ Rhode Island Block Island Sch Location: Block Island, Rhode Island Center Code: 40105 ______________________ Texas Alief Taylor Hs Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44591 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Anahuac Hs Location: Anahuac, Texas Center Code: 44766 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Angleton Hs Location: Angleton, Texas Center Code: 44133 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Athlos Leadership Academy Location: Brownsville, Texas Center Code: 42005 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Booker T Washington High School Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44533 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Brazosport Hs Location: Freeport, Texas Center Code: 44420 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Calhoun Hs Location: Port Lavaca, Texas Center Code: 42339 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Cleveland Hs Location: Cleveland, Texas Center Code: 44237 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Cy-Fair Sr Hs Location: Cypress, Texas Center Code: 44477 Cypress Creek Hs Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44484 George Bush Hs Location: Richmond, Texas Center Code: 44721 Notes: Makeup is to be determined George Ranch High School Location: Richmond, Texas Center Code: 44714 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Hargrave High School Location: Huffman, Texas Center Code: 44486 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Heights High School Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44579 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Homer Hanna Hs Location: Brownsville, Texas Center Code: 44216 Notes: Makeup is to be determined J Frank Dobie Hs Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44519 Notes: Makeup is to be determined James Madison Sr High School Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44481 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Jersey Village Hs Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44495 Los Fresnos Hs Location: Los Fresnos, Texas Center Code: 44119 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Pasadena Memorial Hs Location: Pasadena, Texas Center Code: 44567 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Pflugerville Hs Location: Pflugerville, Texas Center Code: 44175 South Houston High School Location: South Houston, Texas Center Code: 44840 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Tomball Hs Location: Tomball, Texas Center Code: 44867 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Victoria Coll Location: Victoria, Texas Center Code: 44876 Notes: Makeup is to be determined Westside Hs Location: Houston, Texas Center Code: 44539 Notes: Makeup is to be determined ______________________ Washington Clover Park Hs Location: Lakewood, Washington Center Code: 48152 Lopez Hs Location: Lopez Island, Washington Center Code: 48166 South Seattle Community College Location: Seattle, Washington Center Code: 48203
  8. Our twins could not be more different, beginning with one being a girl and the other being a boy. I could go on and on, but the difference I wanted to discuss in this post is this: DS15 is uber steady while DD15 is ADD to the extreme. Steady is something I get (although DS15 is far more steady than I am) while ADD is more foreign to me. My experience with ADD is through marriage: MomsintheGarden is quite ADD, but I think DD15 has that characteristic in spades. Now that the twins have started doing intensive PSAT prep, what I see with DD15 is very inconsistent test scores. Below are some scores to give you an idea of what we are seeing. The tests are the official SAT practice tests from the College Board. DD15: Practice SAT 1: R&W: 670 Math: 740 Overall: 1410 Practice SAT 2: R&W: 730 Math: 640 Overall: 1370 Perhaps the tests were somewhat different, you say? Well, here are the results from her twin: DS15: Practice SAT 1: R&W: 730 Math: 740 Overall: 1470 Practice SAT 2: R&W: 730 Math: 730 Overall: 1460 Let me be clear: DD15 is at least as bright as DS15 and DS17. In fact, I think she is probably brighter. While her overall score is typically lower than her brothers' scores, she nearly always beats both her brothers handily in at least one section on the test. For instance, on last year's PSAT, she scored 12/15 on the Math No Calculator section while her brothers each got 10/15. As you can see from my lead paragraph, I tend to attribute this inconsistency to DD15's ADD characteristics. Not only do I think she gets bored while taking the test, I think she gets bored WITHIN EACH SECTION of the test. In our proctored home tests, she cannot stay seated for the entire time. She wraps up the section, does a quick check, then gets up and leaves. Me: "Go back, sit down, and check your work." DD15: "I already DID check my work!" Please tell me about your inconsistent testers. Here are a few questions: - Do you have any testers whose math and or R&W scores move around as much as DD15's do? (up to 100-point swings!) - If so, is that student ADD? - Do you think ADD tends to lead to inconsistent test scores? - Conversely, does anyone have ADD students which are very consistent testers? - Does anyone have very steady students who achieve extremely inconsistent test scores? - Are there other factors I should be considering? - If you have an inconsistent tester, what have you done to try to help? (Please tell us both what has worked and what has NOT worked.) Note that the plan with all of our students is to do a lot of practice testing, detailed review of missed items and skills practice using Khan Academy. In theory, that should improve both skills AND consistency, but that remains to be seen with DD15. This morning I told DD15 that I thought she missed so many math problems yesterday so that she could spend some quality time with her dad today! :laugh: She retorted that it was safer to miss math problems because I (Reg) am such a slow reader that missing a reading question was just too painful during review. She got a 50/52 on reading yesterday. :lol:
  9. Since there are quite a few entries into the SAT online prep category, I would like to get some feedback on what has worked for your child for SAT online Prep. DS is planning to take SAT in October (Old SAT) The sites that we know of include: Official SAT prep site IneedAPencil Number2 Testive Khan Academy We have started using Testive and Khan Academy and like them both though for different reasons. We like Khan academy for the Math lessons and Testive for the adaptability and progress tracking. What has been your experience?
  10. I was talking to a parent earlier today and realized that most parents aren't using the SAT scoring tables to strategically figure out how many questions their kids need to get right on the SAT. Most kids are relieved when they figure out they don't need to worry about getting ALL THE QUESTIONS correct. How many questions do I need to get right to get a “good†SAT score? I was talking to a parent today and realized, again, that there are a lot of misconceptions about what a good score is on the SAT. “Good†is relativeFor starters, a good score is whatever scores the colleges you are interested in are looking for. So, obviously, a “good†score at the local community college is not going to be Harvard’s idea of a “good†score. So the first step is to investigate the colleges that you are interested in and find out what sort of scores will put you in a competitive position. But you don’t need to be perfectBoth parents and students are surprised that you don’t need to get 90% right on the SAT to get a good score. Here’s an example from our local university. Seattle University: Average SAT math score is 600,and the 75th percentile score is 660. This means that 50% of their students have an SAT math score of 600, and 50% of their students have a math score above 600. The 75th percentile score means that the top 25% of students have a 660 or higher on the SAT Math. To get a score of 600 in Math, you need to get 38 questions right out of a total of 58 questions. ) That’s only 65% correct. You can skip or miss 20 questions and still get a 600 which is the SAT’s 73rd percentile. In other words, skipping or missing as much as 35% of the questions, still puts you in the top 27% of all college-bound kids taking the SAT (Note: this number varies a little by test. I’m using the Scoring Tables from the College Board’s Official SAT Practice Test 1 for this example and I excerpted one of the tables pictured at the top of this post.) If you answer just approximately three more questions correctly, you’d jump to a 630 which is the SAT’s 80th percentile. (Note: the College Board’s SAT percentile number tables can be found here. I did the math to figure out the percentage of correct answers.) To get a 660 in Math, you’d need to answer 45 questions correctly out of 58. So you could still miss or skip 7 questions and still be in the SAT’s 87th percentile. Take the pressure off studentsSo grab a scoring table and show students they can do a “C†job on the test by only getting 70% correct, but that can translate into an “A†or “B†score (depending on the school.)
  11. The College Board just released Official SAT Practice Test 7. This is the October 2016 test. They haven't yet posted it up (with the answer explanations or scoring tables) on their own website, but it's available on the Khan Academy For those us taking the January tests, it gives us one more chance to practice on new material before Saturday.
  12. It's that time of year again - SAT time for juniors. I'm assembling resources for my niece and wanted to share what I think are the best SAT resources out there. (Among other things, I tutor kids on the SAT) 1. The Official SAT Practice Tests. The only real source of actual SATs. You can buy the book from Amazon for about $17. It has 4 tests in it. Or you can download (for free) and print out 6 tests from the College Board's (CB) website (which includes those 4 tests in the book plus 2 more.) Tests 5 and 6 were given last year so those are the most-like-the-real-thing. I have my kids practice on Test 1-4 and we save 5 and 6 for our final run-throughs closer to the actual test date. And there are full answer explanations for every question. Yay! 2. The Khan Academy They've partnered with the CB and have a lot of good study material and additional practice questions. It's not perfect - they tend to be nerd-heavy on the explanations - giving the "official" way, rather than an easier way to learn it. And, with the SAT, there are good strategies that Khan usually doesn't address - like backsolving. But - there's lots of good information for brushing up on concepts you haven't seen in a while. I'm pretty fanatical about only using official material. Most of the books on the market contain questions that *look* like SAT questions, but they miss the mark by being too simple or too complex, testing the wrong thing, or adding the wrong kind of extraneous info. I've read a ton of SAT books over the years and these are the ONLY ones I recommend - they are written by people who have worked through thousands of SAT questions and been through years of the tests, and have personally tutored hundreds (probably in the thousands by now) of kids studying for the SAT. All the expertise shows - their questions match the content, complexity level, tone and nuance of the SAT. ------------------------------------- MATH 3. The New Math SAT Game Plan OMG - my absolute most favorite SAT math book ever! There's a lot more Algebra 2 on this new SAT - and I had to learn all sort of stuff I had forgotten - parabola remainders? long division with variables? Phil is a long time high school math teacher (and he also teaches SAT math to kids) and he explains math in a way that the non-math among us can understand. (and that kids can turn into high scores) Love love love this book! 4. PWN the SAT This is another favorite. This is geared for kids already scoring in the 600s. It's HARD. It make the SAT look easy in comparison. Kids love this book b/c instead of boring "find the angle" questions, Mike's questions are things like calculating the ratio of donuts left after a zombie attack. Even though it's quite entertaining to work through, the concepts he's reinforcing are exactly what and how they are tested on the real test (minus the zombies) READING 5. The Critical Reader This book isn't easy to wade through - it's dense in the best way. Kids need to be scoring in the 600s if they want to tackle it on their own. (Kids with lower scores can work through it with help) Erica shows you exactly what's tested and teaches you the relevant skill. This is the only book that I've found that actually breaks apart the skill set and methodically teaches each part. WRITING 6. The Ultimate Guide to SAT Grammar Homeschoolers have a huge leg up with all the grammar that's on the new SAT so you might not need this resource. Since public schools have abandoned grammar, there's a whole generation of kids that can't find a subject, pronoun antecedent or a complete sentence. Erica breaks down each grammar point, and teaches what it is, how to recognize it and gives many examples and practice exercises. She's also got a companion workbook with 8 practice writing tests. ---------------------------- Hope these resources are helpful as you help your kids conquer the SAT! One other new thing this year - the CB has added an August test date - woo hoo!
  13. Is it possible to transfer detailed SAT scores from an official administration into Khan Academy in a similar manner to how a PSAT score can be transferred? In a similar vein, is it possible to transfer another PSAT score from an official administration into Khan Academy after a previous score has already been transferred in? TIA!
  14. Help! I am combining a bunch of free resources to help my daughter with her study skills, SAT prep, and career exploration. I would like to put this on her high school transcript as a semester course. I was trying to come up with a course title. She will be using Khan academy's SAT preparation course, 14 study skills videos and worksheets from www.ibcc.edu/LAR/studyskills.cfm, and Career Explorations four week course from Letshomeschoolhighschool.com. I think this will be a semester course (I am going to have her track her time spent on the materials). Any title ideas? Would a course like this be acceptable on a high school transcript? Thanks!! Jenny
  15. These forums have been such a help to me over many years of my homeschooling our three children. Many of you were such a help to me - thank you! I have a free resource that I wish was around when my kids were prepping for the SAT. It is an IOS app called "Testable" My daughter is majoring in Computer Science. For her senior project, she has been privileged to work with a start–up company seeking to give high school students some help preparing for the math portion of the new SAT. They have created an app called “Testable†which is a free download for IOS phones. It’s really quite fun to use - I’ve downloaded it to my phone. If you’re willing, please pass this link and description on to your high school student. ***Please be assured that my daughter is not making any money from any sign-ups! I am only wanting to offer a great resource! This would also make a great way for your high schooler to review his math through the summer months. Here is the “official†blurb: Our iOS game puts a fun and competitive notion into studying for any exam (right now it's for the SAT). As you play, we learn about your studying habits and your trouble areas. We tailor each game to your specific needs so that you feel you are always learning something new. Any student can take advantage of this as it will always be free and never have ads. You will be paired with other students studying for the SAT. Each game will have 5 multiple choice questions. https://testableapp.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/testable/id980802068?mt=8 It's only for iOS right now!
  16. Hello, Can anyone give me a recommendation for the best calculator for the AP Chemistry exam? It would be a bonus if it is also good for the SAT/ACT and other APs like AP Calculus. But, if I need to buy more than one, I will. The TI-84 plus series was recommended, but there seem to be several versions of it. I know that a simpler, cheaper calculator is also okay. We have the TI-30X IIS, and can use that one. I just thought it might be good to go ahead and start using one of the graphing calculators since those will be needed for other exams, like AP Calculus, and start getting familiar with it. I also read that a familiar calculator is better than the "perfect" calculator, which I thought was good advice, and which is why I want to get one now that could be used for multiple exams. For SATs, the TI-89 calculator was recommended as being a good one on a blog I just read. I don't know if that one is approved for the AP Chem exam also though. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
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