Kassia Posted August 16, 2018 Share Posted August 16, 2018 (edited) Dd is retaking the SAT next weekend. She took it for the first time last year and scored much better than we expected and wants to improve her score. She did not take the essay portion last year and we signed her up for it this time because it's probably the last time she'll take the test and we want to make sure she has it done since she doesn't know which colleges she's applying to yet. She has been spending a lot of time (too much time IMO) prepping to take the SAT again - mostly reviewing math because she says she doesn't remember things. But, she's never written a timed essay before and I know that the SAT essay score is based on certain things so, even though dd is a good writer, she can't just read the passage and answer the prompt off the top of her head. And, once again, she's never written a timed essay before. I had planned on having her practice the timed essay and study the strategies this summer but she ended up taking two DE summer classes, starting her first job, learning how to drive, and I had major surgery. Dd gets stressed/anxious easily and I didn't want to overwhelm her about the essay but I assumed she was working on it (she's really responsible about things like that). I talked to her about it tonight and she told me that she hasn't done anything on it and is still working on math and will work on essay prep in time for the test. Inside, I'm freaking out because we're just over a week away and I don't see how she won't bomb the essay portion with so little practice but I don't want her to know that. So, I guess my question is...am I right in being concerned that there is no way for her to be ready for the essay portion? I know that many colleges don't care about it and the other scores are the ones that count (and she's good on those) but I don't want her to do awful on it either. Edited August 20, 2018 by Kassia Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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