SAT Scores (aka, My Buddha) december. I’d characterize yesterday as an epically bad day in my 46 many years of life, and even though the chaos had nothing related to the SAT, my December scores did not help.

Yes, I do understand (intellectually) that I should feel happy about my Reading and scores that are writing but honestly, that Math score feels crushing, like a bully. Today, well, I’m trying to see it as my Buddha.

The part that is worst ended up being telling my son. I swear to you, he looked at me with your big, wide, honest to god eyes of surprise, and said ‘really?’ — like he truly couldn’t believe his mom didn’t do it. I think I’d actually convinced him that efforts pays off (that is what I thought!).

But he’s a sweetie, and he quickly centered on my Reading and Writing ratings, telling me how great they are, blah blah blah. In reality all sorts were got by me of encouraging emails from friends and family:

‘I know it’s difficult to remember at times like these, but these scores are not just a judgment. They truly are just numbers ….. You did your very best and offered it your best shot. That’s what’s essential — the process, perhaps not the outcome …. Your scores are fantastic you’re 40 points away from an 800 on CR do you understand how numerous parents would destroy for that score?? The 730 on writing just puts you in your range.’

They made me feel better, in a supported sort of method — but deep inside i really couldn’t help experiencing such as for instance a high school senior who just found out they didn’t get into their very first option college, and everybody writes on their Facebook wall: ‘You’re too great for them…. It wasn’t meant to be….. there is a better school for you…’

And that’s all true, but it still feels devastating. At minimum it does for me personally.

By the end of the day yesterday, I received an email that truly did lift my spirits. It came from a senior school senior whom I’d never ever came across:

Today SAT scores came out! How did you do? You are hoped by me did well. We know you’ll get a score that is good and congrats on completing the project! That which you did was very inspiring, especially for highschool seniors. I simply thought that I would allow you to understand that you inspired me to learn, and I went from the 1630 (520R 600M 510W) (junior year) to a 2300 (700R 800M 800W) (senior year).

I want to print that out and publish it at eye level on my bulletin board.

I have not completely processed how it’s possible that I invested tons of joyful hours studying SAT math over the course of 10 months, and hardly enhanced at all from where I started without knowing a thing last January. My friend Catherine says it’s one more piece of evidence that a curriculum that is solid important, and without that, no level of SAT prep within the world will probably enhance your score.

For all intents and purposes, i did son’t learn a lick of math after 9th grade (until this project was begun by me). I’m considering going for a math course at my local community college — and just starting from scratch.

I am not done. I need to pause so that you can write book right now, but We’m not done with the math. Personally I think incomplete.

If there’s anybody else out there feeling disappointed by their scores that are SAT here’s a quote that i’ve posted in a few places around my household that appears to assist:

You find the questions such a person asks are very simple if you have the privilege of being with someone at the time of his or her death:

  • ‘Did we love well?’
  • ‘Did I live fully?’
  • ‘Did I learn how to release?’

— Jack Kornfield

SAT FAQ: Simply the reality

Two weeks after my 7th (and last) SAT in 2011, and I’m finally which makes it through the mountain of paper* which had piled up over the course of the reflective essay outline year.

I’m stunned by all the treasure I came across along the real way that was suffocating in a 6 foot blob along with the visitor bed.

Take, as an example, this FAQ from Erik the Red, which I’d printed out and highlighted on March 29, 2011, having no basic idea at that point the silver I’d just came across. This FAQ answers nearly every question we’ve ever heard asked concerning the SAT, including…..The Curve.

I’d recommend anyone dealing with the SAT into the year that is next two start with this particular link from Erik the Red before heading over to another one of my favorite internet sites, College Confidential, which can be more wild west than authoritative (though fun…very fun….so don’t get me wrong about CC. It is loved by me there. I am obsessed. But i have learned to always verify what I hear there.)

However for SAT Facts (without having to wade through the College Board’s site), cut to the chase with Erik the Red’s FAQ, in order to find reliable answers about:

  • The SAT Calendar
  • Reused SAT Questions
  • The Curve
  • Test Details
  • Hyper Links to 3 SATs that are actualresponses included)
  • SAT Question Index
  • Test Date Popularity plus the ‘Best Month’ to Take the SAT

*Yes, i will be those types of retro old those who images down blog posts. But, in cases where a article helps it be to the ‘printed out’ stage of my life, meaning it passed the cursory online read and is prepared for a deeper embrace.

And yes, I recycle.

P.S. Three more days until December SAT scores are released. YIKES. I’m so scared (and excited). I have so much to express about that month that is last of… much to say….so short amount of time.