Saturday, April 20, 2013

Alex's SAT Practice Essay - Great Improvement



Song:  Rise

Artist:  John Dreamer



We have Alex practice for his SAT everyday
(Reading Comprehension / Essay / Math).

He will be taking the SAT again in a couple of weeks
(we expect to see great improvement over his last official SAT
when he was in 6th grade.  Even though he did fantastically well
for his age - 11 yrs. old - we have been working with him on his weak areas).

He continually does well on the Math portion...
however, he has made the largest strides in his 
Reading Comprehension...
and in his Essay writing.

Before, it was harder for him to generate ideas...
and then to put them down in a succinct manner...
all within 23.5 minutes.

When I had last graded his SAT essay...
I could only give him a 3 out of 6 possible points.

On today's essay...
I gave him a 5 out of 6 points.

He had come up with original ideas...
had expressed them adequately...
had structured it correctly...
and although he had made a couple of simple errors
(subjunctive mood, a couple of punctuation errors)...
they were nothing which he does not already understand...
he simply had not fully proof read the essay before time ran out
(there is a time constraint...he practices as if it were a real SAT).



I was most happy with Alex's basic beliefs.
I think this particular writing assignment was easier for him
because he had merely written what he already knows to be true in life.

Alex has a great attitude in life...
he has always had.

He readily tackles challenges with great enthusiasm and energy.
He has great perseverance and drive.

He is starting to understand human behavior...
 motives, and the ramifications of those motives...
as applied to actions, or inactions, in life.

The more he understands about himself...
the more he will understand about others.

The greater understanding he has of others...
the greater he will be able to predict outcomes
of various social scenarios.

It is with this knowledge that he will be able to better
navigate his way through life...
as so much of it depends on basic interactions with others.

As a child on the Autistic Spectrum...
this can sometimes be the most daunting task...
the understanding of, and the relating to, others.

As with so many other subjects that Alex learns...
he picks them up quickly...
and he applies them well.

This is just another area where we fully expect Alex
to eventually excel in...
as it is, after all...
not an impossibility...
but just another subject in life to learn and master.





5 comments:

  1. One of the most satisfying things as a parent is seeing your child improve in areas that were difficult for him. Great to see Alex continue to make tremendous strides with his writing.

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  2. Alex is enjoying writing essays. It gives him the chance to show how much he has improved. I love reading his essays as they not only offer a view of his thinking process...but of how much he is maturing emotionally.

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  4. Thank you for your comment. I will direct you to Alex's latest SAT and ACT essay results...Perfect.

    http://2echild.blogspot.com/2017/01/alexs-act-and-sat-essay-scores-perfect.html

    (You will have to copy and paste the above link)

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  5. Sorry...I guess the link works. Please try it. Our methods had worked to perfection.

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