Friday, November 18, 2011

Victory - Another Challenge Conquered By Alex - Explore Test


Song:  Time Keeper

Group:  Future World Music



The results of Alex's testing at the Davidson Academy
(not given by the Academy...just hosted there by the Academy)
came in yesterday.

It is the Explore test for 8th graders.

He tested in the gifted category to see how he compares nationwide with 
the scores of 8th graders even though he is in 6th grade.

It was the test he had taken, and the one I had described in an earlier article here:



We had initially taken it to see where Alex could improve for future tests.

A qualifying score would allow him, with other criteria we have completed...
to apply to the Davidson Academy.

We had initially thought that the extremely high test scores necessary 
to achieve for application consideration at the Davidson Academy
was, perhaps out of our immediate reach...and so...
we were using it as an intellectual height marker to see the areas where 
we would need to shore up for possible future consideration
at the Academy.

After he had completed the test last month at the Academy...
when we had asked how he thought he had done...
he seemed nonchalant...
he merely said he thought he had done well.

We told him to not get too disappointed should the test scores not be high enough
for application consideration because we were using it as a tactical teaching tool...
for us to see where he actually stood so we would know where to concentrate our efforts.

Well...
he maxed both the Math and Science portions (100%)...
and he got a 97% in English...
giving him a Composite Score of 99%...and...

allowing us to apply to the Davidson Academy!!!

(He also gets an award and the right to attend a ceremony of awards
for his Explore test results later next year at a University in Iowa.
(Belin-Blank Center for the Gifted - Exceptional Student Talent Search...
we will most certainly fly out to watch Alex receive his award.)
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Although his Reading Comprehension was still in the high range for 8th graders...
it is his weakest point.

However, as we now know where his weaker points are...
we are going to concentrate on those areas even more.

While this was a tremendous achievement for Alex...
and it will allow us to proceed toward our goal...
the toughest testing lies ahead.

He must compete with many extremely qualified applicants for a very few spots.

Should he survive the initial application cuts...
he would still have a very extensive Davidson Academy 
day of assessment that includes not only
Critical Reasoning and Essay testing...
they also have an oral board where they will
delve into his capability to adapt and express...
and most of all...they will be exploring his attitude...
they will need to see a deep and focused drive.

The Davidson Academy wants not only the brightest in the nation...
they want the intellectually hungriest.

The students must be able to organize and prioritize...
to be able to be self driven toward their goals...
to be able to operate autonomously and with great focus.

We have but just over 1 week to compile the necessary forms and requirements.

Although we are now almost completely moved, and we still must do many things
to complete it before the snow over the mountains makes it difficult to travel...
our new priority is getting the application in on time.


To what do we attribute Alex's continuing academic success?

Alex's love of learning...
his tremendous on-line and DVD courses...
his various supplementary workbooks and reading...
and, second to none, my wife's research and academic tutelage...
ensuring Alex always gets the best learning material...
 the best personal academic support and conceptual teaching...
as given by her.


So why need we get Alex into a place of higher learning
such as the Davidson Academy?

Because...
he is rapidly eclipsing our capability to help him with his studies.

It is his rate of learning that will soon force us to have to pass on the torch
to those who are much more highly educated and have more specialized knowledge.

Another very important factor...
he will have intellectual peers with whom to share challenges...
and with whom he shall be challenged by.

This will serve to stimulate his appetite to learn even more.


No one is going to hold back our son...
especially not us...his parents.



4 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Alex! How exciting that the dream is one-step closer now.

    Best to you on this busy week!

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  2. Thanks...we just arrived at our new house again. We are going to rest from unpacking today. We are just going ensure our documents are in order, and just relax. My wife, and I, are quite sore. My wife did most of the boxing of items and my younger sister, and I, moved everything in a U-haul truck in one trip.

    Alex was sad as we were leaving our old home. It was where he had all of his memories. However, when he got to our new home with it furnished with the familiar furniture...he felt comfortable once again. It was good to see him smiling and feeling content once again.

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  3. Moving is hard work! I'm sure you'll be glad once you are settled in.

    Not surprised that Alex was sad as you left your old home. It may take a while before he is fully comfortable with the new place. But, it's nice that he is already feeling content.

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  4. He is already feeling much more at home here. We have been driving around and eating at different restaurants. Although his schedule has been interrupted...once we get everything set up...he will feel even better. He has already picked out his new study area. We are just waiting for our Internet connection to be installed...by late Friday. Right now, I am typing this on Alex's iPad...one finger at a time! :)

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