SAT Scores (aka, My Buddha) december. I’d characterize yesterday as an epically bad day in my 46 many years of life, and while the chaos had nothing to do with the SAT, my December scores didn’t help.

SAT Scores (aka, My Buddha) december. I’d characterize yesterday as an epically bad day in my 46 many years of life, and while the chaos had nothing to do with the SAT, my December scores didn’t help.

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

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

But he is a sweetie, and he quickly centered on my Reading and Writing ratings, telling me exactly how great they are, blah blah blah. In fact I got all sorts of encouraging e-mails from friends and family:

‘I understand it’s difficult to remember at times like these, however these scores are not just a judgment. They’re simply numbers ….. You did your very best and gave it your best shot. That’s what is important — the process, perhaps not the outcome …. Your scores are great you’re 40 points far from an 800 on CR do you know how parents that are many kill for that score?? The 730 on writing just puts you in your range.’

They made me feel better, in a supported kind of way — but deep inside i possibly couldn’t help experiencing such as a high school senior who simply found out they didn’t enter their very first choice college, and everyone writes on their Facebook wall: ‘You’re too good for them…. It wasn’t meant to be….. there exists a better school for you…’

And that’s all true, however it still seems devastating. At least it does for me personally.

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

SAT scores came down today! How did you do? You are hoped by me did well. We know you will get a good score, and congrats on completing the task! Everything you did was very inspiring, especially for senior school seniors. I recently thought that I would let you know that you inspired me to learn, and I went from the 1630 (520R 600M 510W) (junior year) up to a 2300 (700R 800M 800W) (senior year).

I need to print that out and post it at eye level on my bulletin board.

I have not fully processed how it’s possible I started without knowing a thing last January that I spent dozens and dozens of joyful hours studying SAT math over the course of 10 months, and hardly improved at all from where. My buddy Catherine says it’s one more piece of evidence that a curriculum that is solid important, and without that, no amount of SAT prep within the world will probably improve your score.

For all intents and purposes, I didn’t learn a lick of math after 9th grade (until this project was begun by me). I am considering taking a math course at my local community college — and simply starting from scratch.

I’m not done. I have to pause to be able to write a written book at this time, but I’m not finished with the math. I’m incomplete.

If there’s anybody else out there feeling disappointed by their SAT ratings, here is a estimate that i’ve posted in several places around my home that appears to help:

When you have the privilege of being with someone at that time of his or her death, you find the concerns such a person asks are extremely simple:

  • ‘Did we love well?’
  • ‘Did I live fully?’
  • ‘Did I learn to let it go?’

— Jack Kornfield

SAT FAQ: Simply the reality

A couple of weeks after my 7th (and last) SAT in 2011, and I’m finally rendering it through the hill of paper* that had piled up throughout the course of the year.

I’m stunned by most of the treasure I ran across along the way that was suffocating in a 6 foot blob along with the guest bed.

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

I’d suggest anyone facing the SAT into the year that is next two start with this link from Erik the Red before heading over to another one of my personal favorite sites, College Confidential, which can be more wild west than authoritative (though fun…very fun….so don’t get me wrong about CC. I like it there. I am obsessed. But I’ve learned to always verify just what I hear here.)

But 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 answers that are reliable:

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

*Yes, i will be some of those retro old people who images out blog posts. But, if your article makes it to the ‘printed out’ period of my life, which means it passed the cursory online read and is prepared for a deeper embrace.

And yes, I recycle.

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