Sunday, January 29, 2012

Home Schooling: Alex's Initial Results From a Practice SAT


Song:  Victory Of Life

Group:  Future World Music

Today Alex took his first SAT Math practice test at home
(College Entrance Exam).



My wife had him under the same expected requirements
of time and material used at the actual testing center.

My wife had conducted this practice SAT with Alex to see how well he would do...
as his actual SAT is coming up in a couple of months.




A perfect score!

Out of a possible 800 points...
he had scored 800.

Of course...
we knew he would do well in the math portion...
as he always has done in every test he has ever taken.

Now, under real testing conditions...
he may miss one or two problems due to an oversight...
but not due to the not understanding of the concepts of the material.

His real weakness lies in his Critical Reading and Writing.

During his SAT practice test for these components...
he hadn't done nearly so well.

Although it was a good first and second attempt...
we know how much more studying he will need.

Although for a 6th grader doing a test normally reserved for 11th and 12th graders...
and still doing relatively well by their standards (very well for the math portion)...
we must really gear up and march forward at a greater pace if he is to bring up his 
Critical Reading and Writing scores.

My wife had given Alex two practice tests on the English portion...
again, under the same conditions and time constraints
that would exist in normal SAT testing.


He had scored a 600 and then a 630 on the Critical Reading and Writing
(out of a possible 800).

We offer no excuses...
his English scores should be up with his Math scores.



Just an example of what we are doing to correct the situation.

Alex's mother is guiding him with various source material such
as the one above.

He must be able to rapidly acquire salient points...
understand how they relate to other material presented...
and how to converse within the context of the material.

I am working with him using short stories.

I, also, am having him understand context through salient points...
and to understand implied meanings and how they point to the human condition...
trying to decode the basic rationale of people through their actions or inactions...
and what it means in how they were possibly thinking and what the most likely resulting
actions would be...or what the reasons and actions of their past had meant.

My wife, and I, are also working, on a daily basis, on his Essay skills.
I am going back to the very basics with him...
the fundamentals of Essay writing.

He is finishing a very short and limited Autobiography. 

We will be incorporating article and story discussion soon.

We must increase our pace with critical discussion and oral argumentation
and presentation of various text material.  However, for now...
we had to pare his study sessions as the focus is now on his upcoming SAT.  

Now...
how well did Alex do in comparison to the 
U.S. High School Graduating Class of 2011?

”For the 1.65 million test-takers in the class of 2011,
the mean scores were 497 critical reading, 514 math.”

This was the mean average.

Alex's score in the same test (albeit a practice test)...
was 630 in Critical Reading...800 for Math.
Alex is a 6th grader.

Does this mean that Alex is a super student?

NO
 (although he is very advanced...
he has much to work on).

What it means is...
 the public school system is failing the populous as a whole.  

What this means is... that as a parent...
you must ensure your children get their education at home, if necessary.

Supplement their school sessions with on line courses...
get them ahead by explaining the concepts...
have them use school as their testing ground...
to show what they can do.

Have them walk into the classroom as a Lion would walk
upon an open savannah...
surveying his land...
hungry... and on the hunt.






4 comments:

  1. Wow! 800 in math is incredible. And 630 in critical reading would be very respectable for a 12th grader. Is there a particular score that is required for Davidson?

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  2. Yes...we were very happy...although, not too surprised with his math score. It is his Critical Reading and Reasoning that we must really work on.

    As for the Davidson Academy...he qualifies on the math portion...but on his Critical Reading...he must get at least 640. Although he is 10 points off right now...we expect him to increase his score by the time testing takes place. The 640 is the minimum score for a profoundly gifted 7th grader taking the test - the necessary minimum scores keep going up as the child's grade goes up (7th grade is the lowest grade most testing centers will allow - my wife found one which will accept 6th graders). Alex still has almost a year for the last SAT testing...although we are going to have him take one in a couple of months. He should be ready.

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    1. That must be comforting to know that he is so close on the Critical Reading. With his study habits, that is well within reach.

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  3. Yes...we think he will do well. However, scoring well on the SATs is just the initial qualifier. The Academy testing looks at things (such as affective traits) that Alex is especially weak in. We have over a year to prepare though...however, it remains my biggest concern.

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