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BS Class of 2020 Thread

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  • GoatMamaGoatMama 1324 replies12 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    This has been around for a while. BS students are subject to the highest cut-off of the region in which their BS is located (e.g., MA for New England), not to the cut-off for their home state.

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/prep-school-admissions/1801732-psat-national-merit-semifinalist-and-boarding-school.html
    edited December 2018
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  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue 582 replies13 threads Member
    Thanks- @carpoolingma. Either way, it's a tough cut-off for DD; either CA or CT/New England (MA scores for the regional concept?). They're all about the same. Estimated to be 222-223 from what I've read for our kiddos' class. Have read that NJ will land at 223 or 224. This is all hearsay from the testing gurus such as Compass Education and Prep Scholar, based on the last few years' state cut-off scores.
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  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue 582 replies13 threads Member
    LOL, @chemmchimney , I have an artistic one, too.

    On a separate note, I´ve missed you all. Let´s not go dark for so long again :x
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  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma 755 replies8 threads Member
    @itcannotbetrue That is great!
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  • payn4wardpayn4ward 3191 replies13 threads Senior Member
    @itcannotbetrue Congratulations!

    On Safety/VeryLikely schools, it should be also affordable. So the school should satisfy 1. a guaranteed or near-guaranteed acceptance, 2. Child is happy to attend it (if all other options frizzles) 3. it is affordable to the family be it full-pay or full-ride.
    Hopefully it will be also rolling admission and gives the decision before November, that would be a bonus.

    I highly recommend applying to a rolling admission school during the summer and have an offer in the bag when October comes around with lots of work and stress. S2 received a full scholarship offer from UT Dallas during the last week of October that lifted his spirit up.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40462 replies7512 threads Super Moderator
    edited December 2018
    It sounds like they are making boarding schools a separate bucket which I think is a change?
    It's always been that way. @carpoolingma give a great explanation. My assumption is that all New England boarding schools are lumped together, and the cutoff is the highest NE state cutoff (typically MA).
    edited December 2018
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  • GoatMamaGoatMama 1324 replies12 threads Senior Member
    Wow, @itcannotbetrue, that's great! Congrats!
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  • GoatMamaGoatMama 1324 replies12 threads Senior Member
    @chemmchimney The Like button doesn't seem appropriate, but rooting for ChimneyKid!
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  • chemmchimneychemmchimney 807 replies1 threads Member
    Me too @GoatMama! She is at 98th % in English so it isn't as tragic as it could be but my guess is she will definitely be playing the superscore me card for the SATs. She does have a learning difference in math too - it's just not her jam. We are collectively counting the days left until she completes Algebra 2.
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  • GoatMamaGoatMama 1324 replies12 threads Senior Member
    GK started BS with a relatively healthy SSAT spread between Q and R/V (Q being 95%). On PSAT-10, both Reading and Writing were higher than Math, and they stayed that way on PSAT/NMSQT. Not sure if BS is doing wonders for her reading and writing skills or it's failing her math education :))
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  • chemmchimneychemmchimney 807 replies1 threads Member
    Just broke the news to Chimneydad and his response re the math "Well, she's on the board!" :-bd
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  • payn4wardpayn4ward 3191 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Umm, I don't know if @chemmchimney D is already using the strategy, but she can just focus on the 60-70% of problems that she can handle and not worry/read about the rest of math questions. Few SAT problems, if any, need Algebra 2. Most are Algebra 1 problems.
    My kids tested above 600/700 in 5-7th grade while they were in Algebra 1. Well, they were mathy kids, so Reading/Writing was in 400s then. Still they were able to do SAT math without Algebra 2 knowledge.
    I tutored a neighbor for ACT math. She had a 15/36 to begin with and wanted to reach 24. I told her that she was getting 1/4 of the problems correct and told her to just focus on doing 1/2 of the problems correct and guess the rest. I don't know doing 4-5 sets of ACT math sets with me helped her or not, but she made it to AF academy as a recruit so that was a happy ending.
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  • GoatMamaGoatMama 1324 replies12 threads Senior Member
    PSAT/SAT math seems to be a problem for juniors who are already in Calculus and haven't done Algebra for awhile now. SAT prep will consist of going back to Algebra 1 to brush off those skills.
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  • SculptorDadSculptorDad 2268 replies66 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2018
    SAT is harder for mathy kids at top level. English is just harder to be prepped. More importantly, Great English Reading / Writing skill is much hard to be acquired, and BS has done a wonderful job for my daughter. It seems that "Her writing style is very developed and distinctive."

    And when you are getting less than 30 on ACT math, focusing basic concepts works better than doing a lot of practice sets. I found using software based program works better, as it can give you better idea on which basic concepts would give greater boosts in score. We used Aleks.com Of course, a good tutor can do a much better job in identifying and reinforcing those area.

    Senior year is highly stressful, and having that rolling admission early can really boost the moral as @payn4ward said, and it could mean completely skipping the application stress if that happen to be your top choice as well.

    @payn4ward Congratulation for your S2!

    @itcannotbetrue Congratulations! That is a great achievement.
    edited December 2018
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  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue 582 replies13 threads Member
    Good morning, all. Quick (and possibly dumb) question that will inevitably be answered at our upcoming college weekend in February, but thought I’d ask here as well. When BS kids are looking at colleges, do schools consider their home state the state of their school as residency?
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