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BS Class of 2020 Thread

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  • GMC2918GMC2918 Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    @MA2012 and now that there is an August SAT test date, that means subject tests can be taken then as well. As GMCkid2 is not a great test-taker, he may choose the summer date instead of during the school year. I’m wondering however, if he will even need to take any? My guess is that he will apply to LACs, which don’t seem to care as much.
  • SculptorDadSculptorDad Registered User Posts: 2,135 Senior Member
    We too are planning for the August test date. Since all you need is 2 great Sat 2 scores (maybe one more if applying to georgetown), why not do some additional prep in summer and get it done right at once instead of cramming it with end of year busyness.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 32,961 Super Moderator
    edited January 20
    Also, how hard is it to 1) take final exams, 2) move out of your dorm, and 3) take an AP exam and two Subject Tests over move-out weekend in the Spring?
    As noted earlier, AP exams occur during the week while school is still in session. The May SAT dates are in early May. The June SAT date may be problematic with move-out. There was one year where I took Subject Tests in June and literally got off the plane and went jet-lagged to the test center. Ah, the ignorance one has as a teenager. :)
    why not do some additional prep in summer and get it done right at once instead of cramming it with end of year busyness.
    This will be highly dependent upon the kid. Personally, I thought it was better to take at the end of the academic year, rather than doing prep over the summer, during which, quite frankly, I had better things to do.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 17,549 Senior Member
    " I’m wondering however, if he will even need to take any? My guess is that he will apply to LACs, which don’t seem to care as much."

    Some LACs do care. Just look carefully at the list of schools of interest before completely passing.
  • GMC2918GMC2918 Registered User Posts: 910 Member
    Thanks @doschicos , we will look carefully.
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 511 Member
    DS’s AP Bio teacher doesn’t want the kids testing for Bio subject test in May since they will be in full prep mode for the AP exam the following week (or so, can’t remember the dates.) The June date is problematic so he will need to test in Aug. We are trying to decide if the Math II subject test should be taken in May or Aug. AND when should the first actual SAT be taken? So much testing!
    How do you decide which schools to look at so early with only PSAT scores and a GPA from 1.5 years? We would love to start in March but don’t have a good feel for the right “level” of school.
  • MA2012MA2012 Registered User Posts: 1,076 Senior Member
    edited January 20
    I’m having S2 take a few subject tests as appropriate so he’ll have 2-3 before applying. S1 was done with all standardized testing by May of 11th grade. That left time fall of senior year if necessary. But it was nice for him to just focus on applications senior fall.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 32,961 Super Moderator
    edited January 20
    S1 was done with all standardized testing by May of 11th grade.
    I was also finished by junior year, and I can't emphasize enough how much not having this sword of Damocles hanging over me meant. Again, different strategies for different students.
    We are trying to decide if the Math II subject test should be taken in May or Aug.
    Personally, I'm not a fan of the "one test on this date and one test on that date strategy." Take 2 or 3 on the same date and get them over with. For the naysayers who complain that it's too hard to prep for 2 tests simultaneously, welcome to the multi-tasking real world. Once you get to college, you may have 2 finals on the same day and no opportunity to reschedule.
    DS’s AP Bio teacher doesn’t want the kids testing for Bio subject test in May since they will be in full prep mode for the AP exam the following week (or so, can’t remember the dates.)
    I won't get into the erroneous belief that one needs AP Bio (or chem/physics) to take the Subject Test, it's minimal additional prep if a student is already preparing for one.
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 511 Member
    “I won't get into the erroneous belief that one needs AP Bio (or chem/physics) to take the Subject Test, it's minimal additional prep if a student is already preparing for one.”
    DS never took regular Bio, just went right to AP Bio, so he may have some extra prep to do to cover so breadth not included in AP but tested on the subject test.
    I do see your point about just scheduling two on one day.
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 511 Member
    Not SMH at all. I’m coming off launching a kid from public school in to college. If I wasn’t on top of it, no one would be. Parents sort of found other parents and shared information so that we were prepared. By the time guidance shared info (If they shared info) it was too late and often wrong. Honestly, DS would do fine without my involvement but I am, apparently, finding it hard to 100% trust the process.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 32,961 Super Moderator
    DS never took regular Bio, just went right to AP Bio, so he may have some extra prep to do to cover so breadth not included in AP but tested on the subject test.
    That's a valid point in that situation. Personally it still would not deter me from taking the test in May or June, although I understand the June date is an issue for him.
    I had absolutely no clue which tests needed to be taken by whom, for what, or when.
    That's OK, neither did skimom and skidad.
  • AppleNotFarAppleNotFar Registered User Posts: 1,045 Senior Member
    Complicating our search is AppleKid's continued desire to be a varsity athlete in college, so we are looking for schools that are both an athletic and academic match. From everything I've heard from families that have gone through, or are going through the recruiting process, an early start is key to finding the best matches (at least for kids that aren't phenoms in their sport, which AppleKid most certainly is not). One of the goals of the early visits is to get AppleKid to think about what sorts of attributes are desirable in a school, as well as what factors actually don't matter that much. We also hope to have the kid see that there are several schools that could provide a great experience, and therefore try to keep the kid from developing "crushes" on schools which may not ultimately be realistic. I imagine that would be applicable even if AppleKid wasn't looking to be recruited. In fact, NOT having the athletic piece would stress me out more because that would open up a far broader range of school possibilities.

    While I've heard that PA has a great CC office, the process won't ramp up until next school year. For athletes, that seems a little late for my comfort, especially since being at boarding school and training nearly year-round in 3 sports doesn't leave much free time for visits to the far reaches of the country. I know there are plenty of folks who feel differently, but visits are absolutely necessary for DH and me to feel comfortable sending our kid, and our checks (especially those!) to any institution.
  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    As usual, so much great info from this group. Thank you. K2 will be fine. And thanks to @ChoatieMom , who always puts everything into perspective :)
  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue Registered User Posts: 492 Member
    @GMC2918 --not sure if I mentioned this here before, but Compass Test Prep has a downloadable PDF all about testing, with a fantastic grid on which colleges are looking for what type/how many SAT Subject tests, reporting, etc.
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