Monday, April 21, 2014

VICTORY! - Alex's ACT (American College Testing) Results



Song:  Cars

Artist:  Gary Numan
(Gary Numan is also in the Autistic Spectrum)


Alex took an official ACT test just over a week ago.

This is the one of the two basic College Entrance Exams recognized
by the Universities in the United States to test for the readiness 
of potential College/University candidates 
(usually High School Juniors and Seniors - 11th and 12th grade)
and is heavily considered as part of the University application.

Just recently, the ACT was more heavily used in the U.S. than was the SAT
(they will be instituting an easier SAT in the future, and so, Alex wanted to take the ACT...
as it now has more meaning.  Alex's next goal will be to take the SAT II which is 
more subject specific, and so, more in depth).

Although Alex hadn't studied much for this ACT since he was concentrating on his
math competitions (he had only taken two practice tests before this official test)...
he still wanted to take this one.


Alex en route to take the ACT (early in the morning) just over a week ago.

Alex loves taking tests...
and although I had actually wanted him to take this particular test later...
as I knew how busy he would be with his competitions...
he insisted on taking this one.


Alex had a goal of getting a perfect score on the Math portion
of a college entrance exam before getting into High School...
and of seeing improvement in all of his other areas.

Now...
the math portion of the ACT is actually tougher than on the SAT because
it goes as high as Trigonometry...while in the SAT, it only goes to Algebra II.


So...
Alex got his results today (on line):

(amended on Apr 29 - When Alex got his English/Writing scores in).


A score of 12 is perfect for the essay.

Alex had scored a 10...
which is also in the top 1% in the Nation.





The following is the composite score for the English and Writing


This put Alex in the top 1% Nationwide of the ACT tested High School College bound students.


Alex had not only gotten a perfect score in Math 
(the ACT score of 36 is equivalent to 800 in the SAT...both of which are perfect scores)...
he had actually gotten very good scores in all of his areas
(a score of 18 in each of the subcategories is perfect)
and he made dramatic improvements in his reading comprehension
(as a result of his daily reading of many of the classics in literature).

What is so great about Alex's scores is his composite score of 33.

This puts Alex in the TOP 1% of ALL College bound 
High School Juniors and Seniors in the Nation...
and Alex is 13 years old and in the 8th grade.




What is also good about him taking this, and all other College Entrance tests...
is that they allow us to track his progress to see any areas which need extra attention...
and so, areas of study which are in need of modification.

Again...
Alex did no cramming for this test.
Actually, he barely did any specialized practice
because of our concentration on his math competitions.

But then again...
his competition math practice is much tougher than these tests...
or that which he will get at his school.

His reading comprehension improved just by his reading 
of books which are at a higher reading level
(we are giving him University level classics of literature to read from now on).

We just started giving him higher level books this school year
because we wanted to ensure he understood the basics of truly comprehending
that which is read... to ask himself questions as he reads, to try to predict
future events in the book, to understand why things had happened...
 to understand why an author had written the story in a particular way...
and to even see if he could improve on the story.

Although Alex has a long way to go on fully dissecting a story...
he is on the right path, and he just keeps on improving.

With all of Alex's competitions lately...
I have had to omit a lot of our reading comprehension practice.

After these competitions are over...
we will go into our daily reading comprehension mode of practice...
as this is an incredibly important subject to concentrate on...
and this summer will be a perfect time for concentrated learning.

After Alex got his results today...
I told him that we would go out to any restaurant of his choice for a victory dinner.

He had chosen the Outback Steakhouse.

Alex and I just love their full racks of pork ribs!



Alex and I finished our ribs with room to spare.

The Outback has the BEST pork ribs I have ever tasted.

Alex and I got a full rack of ribs each.



Since this was Alex's victory dinner for his ACT scores...
he got a victory dessert also.


So, how happy am I with Alex's scores?


All during the writing of this article...
 I had to stop every few sentences to play the air drums 
as I played this song over and over  :)

What can I say... yes, I am absolutely overjoyed.

Alex had met one of his short term goals...
and we set some others for him to pursue.

Alex always gives us a big smile when he learns of the next goal to meet.

It will be his next big test in life...
and so, a grand adventure on which to embark...
and another milestone to achieve as a growing man.

This is not only preparing for life...
this is living life!  








2 comments:

  1. Awesome! The fact that he performed so well in all areas of the test is especially impressive.

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  2. I must admit, I thought things were a bit too hectic to take the test now. However, Alex just seems to thrive in a competitive atmosphere. Alex always makes us very happy in his continued growth in all areas. He is just so self driven, so focused...it is good to see Alex realizing many of the fruits of his labors.

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