Thursday, June 21, 2012

Alex's Official SAT Results - Qualification For Johns Hopkins University SET Program


Song:   Cristofori's Dream

Artist:   David Lanz




Alex emerging from taking his SATs earlier this month.



   

Alex's scores are in red.
The scores in black are the averages for College bound Seniors.


Although we are tremendously proud of Alex...
on more than one practice SAT exam...
Alex had scored 800 on the Math portion.

This time he had missed a total of 4 questions out of the 54 given.

We think Alex may have been worried about the timed aspect and had rushed...
we also think that the 3.5 to 4 hour test made him a little tired.

However, for an 11 year old in direct competition with 17 and 18 year olds...
he did well.


Alex had also done in the 600s for the English portion in practice tests.

We knew the Critical Reading was his weakest area.
It is an area we shall pay extra attention to in the future.

He had, however, done surprisingly well on the Essay portion...
surprising only because he had only just started writing formatted essays
a few months ago.


As this was his first actual SAT...
he did well...
and we fully expect his scores to keep rising.

We will work more on his intellectual endurance by having him practice the 
SATs as a whole test instead of by portion only... as we had done.

We should have realized this mistake from the beginning.

However...
excuse time is over.

All of the other children had the same conditions...
it is just that we know Alex hadn't shown his full potential...
however...again...it was our fault and not his.


In reference to Alex's 710 Math score:
(99.99% percentile)

And as Alex is only 11 years old...
he did well.


Well...
he actually had done so well for his age that he qualifies for the
Johns Hopkins University SET program
(my wife is applying to it with his qualifying math score).






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Also, just a couple of weeks ago...
we received Alex's admission into Mensa...
as a Gifted Youth
( testing administered by a professional Psychologist )



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Kudos to my son...
the great love and pride of my life.

He is doing all of the work...
 tirelessly...unceasingly...and with an inner passion.


Kudos to my wife...
the great Chief Instructor and the Researcher
of his academic programs and various tests and challenges
by which she is compiling his educational and performance portfolio.


Although Alex sometimes gets frustrated...
even more so now as he is entering puberty...
I see it as a good thing.

He has good fighting spirit!!!

It just demonstrates his drive to excel and it is 
up to us to ensure it is channeled properly
( a great alleviator of negative emotional energy lies in physical endurance training ).


While there are many children capable of excelling academically...
you must remember that Alex had been officially diagnosed with Autism at almost 3 years old.

Through his in home ABA therapy from age 3 yrs. to 5 yrs. (35 - 40 hrs a week)...
and from his mother's ceaseless and tireless follow through and tutelage...
our combined demonstrated deep love and lots of affection and positive reinforcement...
Alex is a tree...ever growing...ever green...ever blooming.

Although his great weakness lies in grasping conceptual understanding...
not just through text...but through "osmosis"...
by the observation of his surroundings through all of his senses...
to find implied meanings...to see things as a whole...
thinking general to specific to be able to predict outcomes...
this is the area we have been trying to focus on as part of his life skills.

It all comes down to conceptual understanding...
this is where applied knowledge must meet reality.

And this is where he is really starting to grasp this all important aspect of learning...
Conceptual Understanding.

He has come so far from yesteryear.

Just a humorous look at Alex from days gone by...


I just know this is how to do it...
I see daddy do this everyday as he goes to work...
see...simple...oops  :)

8 comments:

  1. Wow, great performance by Alex! I knew he would do exceptionally well in math, but am amazed at how well he did on the writing portion, too. Well done, Alex!

    The SET program sounds interesting. I'll look forward to reading your thoughts on how beneficial it is once Alex has had been in it for awhile.

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    1. If accepted, the whole family will be sent questionnaires as part of a research project (all participants). They are interested in finding out how much is nature and how much is nurture...and which components of each play a role. The ones who qualify for SET are the top percentage of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth children (as determined by the CTY testing, as Alex had earlier done a few years back)...and so they are gathering statistics on as many variables as they can. So far as I know, they will be providing information on other challenges and opportunities for such children...as well as guidance to schools to better help such children with more challenging programs. I will write further articles as we get more information.

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  2. I just found your site and I am moved by your passion and determination! I have a 6 year boy and school has been hard-he is not challenged in school and is obsessed with Mine craft video game. You might be interested in our story at...
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    1. Thank you. I've just booked marked your blog. It sounds very interesting...I will be visiting almost daily in the future. I hope you won't mind...but I will probably be commenting a lot on your blog. I love to comment on things I am interested in...so beware :)

      I recommend that you also visit a great blog...one in which I visit on an almost daily basis.
      It is very well written and very interesting. The subject of the blog is a boy in the Autistic spectrum who is now 8 years old...and he is gifted in math. The blog is http://hanabiboy.blogspot.com/ - I am sure you will find it very interesting also.

      On a side note...my son has only recently discovered Mine Craft as an app on his iPad...it is currently one of his favorite apps. I will be writing about his apps soon.

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  3. Oh my gosh, your son meets the judge of American MENSA? Wow! Amazing!
    This post is very exciting to me, Shiroi Tora san. Anyway, congratulations, Alex!

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    1. Thank you Qwerky. We are happy about our son's achievements...but what makes it especially satisfying is that Alex is self driven. We don't have to crack the whip...he loves to excel in his endeavors. He just loves to test himself and to learn all he can about a wide range of interests. Of course...we are always on the lookout for new challenges and methods of meeting those challenges.

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  4. What makes it so amazing is how lazer focused his parents are in navigating the programs available and keeping it interesting for him. Puberty is the great challenge for most young people to have a balanced view of their parents and school. Alex has the advantage of a deep bond to his parents and his own path to enlightenment. I am hoping that as he matures, his natural curiosity will embrace spirituality from the perspective of seeking truth and the greater potential of mankind as a species. We are grateful to have this opportunity to observe his progress and cheer from the sidelines. Alex is dearly loved and I truly feel that SET will conclude that this one factor is extremely important to the ability of sprouting talented ones to ultimately become the guiding lights for the rest of us.

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  5. Thank you very much. My wife is the main driving force behind the research into programs and challenges. She is also his chief instructor with his on-line studies. I help guide him with his homework during school and I try to teach him applied critical reasoning through everyday functions and through our activities. Together, we are a team with one purpose...the furthering of our son toward his goals in life...and for his ultimate happiness...which for us...is our ultimate happiness.

    Just one of the many reasons I so deeply love my son... he is the embodiment of all that is just and good...of everything pure and innocent. He is naturally kind hearted and he loves truth and he has a strong sense of right and justice (however, I realize that all parents think the same of their children :)

    I agree with you about the importance of striving toward the higher goal of working for the betterment of others at the widest possible level. To do so is part of living your life well...in the service of others by improving all that is good and right for all.

    Thank you again for your insightful comment.

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