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Disappointing SAT results


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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35230 replies399 threads Senior Member
    Some of you are new-ish on CC and I want to mention this. On CC, longer term posters often advocate letting kids be kids, not making college goals overtake their lives, activities overload them and all of it shred their well-being, including confidence. I worry when I hear kids are spending, eg, 3 hours/day (plus reviews at home?)

    There are kids aiming for tippy tops who thrive on multi-tasking, but that's just them. I understand, eg, that for many families, costs matter, that merit money is essential or that WUE discount at UNR. But the kids shouldn't suffer through the process. They shouldn't break. And we parents are supposed to be their first line of defense, the ones who pull them back when it's too much. They have lots of growing yet to do.
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  • thedreamydaisythedreamydaisy 203 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @lookingforward thanks for being the voice of reason! My husband and I just had a chat with our son about his SAT prep. We have told him that if he doesn’t improve over May that is OK and he will still have some options come decision day. He will continue some online practice after his class ends this Friday, but probably only an hour or so a week. And the August test will be his last regardless of the result. If UN Reno is not doable without WUE, then so be it. Right now Sonoma State is top on his list anyway and their average SAT is a 1040 which he has already surpassed by 50 points. He is feeling more relaxed this evening just knowing that we are proud of him no matter what.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35230 replies399 threads Senior Member
    Big hug to you and DH, @thedreamydaisy.
    I know it's hard.
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  • eld225eld225 2 replies0 threads New Member
    UWorld can help with the math and Khan academy really work to bring up scores. Practicing past tests within the time limits could also help.
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  • Dinakar0130Dinakar0130 3 replies0 threads New Member
    My son did Princeton as well as Khan academy tests in addition to some private classes for English and Math. He’s scored 1520 in first attempt for SAT. So, I am positive he got a better direction from the private classes and also got used to pattern of questions by doing multiple tests on Princeton review and Khan academy. Now, we aren’t sure whether he need to take SAT again aiming higher score or better to focus on gpa and focus on AP courses during junior and senior years.
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5987 replies1 threads Senior Member
    "But the kids shouldn't suffer through the process..."
    This might be a pretty good summary of my biggest concern with the entire college application process in the US. We put our kids through too much stress.

    I hope that the retake went better. I was torn reading this thread whether to mention that D1 had good luck with tutoring at a very small local outfit (I think that the entire company had three employees), or to point out that there are many very good SAT optional schools. One daughter had high SAT scores but only applied to SAT optional schools. This was simply because that is where she wanted to apply.
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  • GregmacdGregmacd 195 replies19 threads Junior Member
    UN Reno lowered their WUE requirements to ONLY ONE of the following qualifications:

    3.25 unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA)
    24 ACT Composite (must come from a single test administration)
    1160 SAT (must come from a single test administration)

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  • thedreamydaisythedreamydaisy 203 replies7 threads Junior Member
    @Gregmacd thanks for that info! I believe my S20 has pretty much decided on the community college route at this point (although he has applied to 3 Cal State schools close to home). Ultimately, he’ll likely try to transfer into a UC school.
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 1982 replies27 threads Senior Member
    The students I know who have cracked the SAT hired a private tutor and prepped for a few months. Not all tutors are the same. Ask around. You will be able to find out who in your area gets results. I don't hear the same results from the prep classes.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 29928 replies59 threads Senior Member
    Yes, this happens often. Although there is a correlation between the ST and PSAT, it is not exact. Yes, you can even go DOWN in the results.
    The scores are really indicative of a range and if your tester happens to get a score that is top of his range, a retest might come out at the bottom. No, you do not necessarily improve each time you take the test.

    If your student has already taken test prep for the SAT and done first diligence, the next step is to get Avery skilled experienced tutor to hone in in your student’s weak points rather than doing a whole re do of test prep. That is the most effective way to raise test scores once the student already is well familiar with the test and has practiced More practice tests after winning on targeted weaknesses should follow.

    Despite that, there are students who are not likely to raise those test scores. I’ve seen many sad cases of tiger moms berating their kids who just could not deliver and the results are sad when that happens. That’s not covered in the Tiger Mom manual.

    Of my many kids, one had a long terrible way to go to bring up test scores to next level. SAT below 1000. Yeah. Good student. Knew how the test worked. But a very slower worker. I placed him in a test prep center that has a top rep and they felt he had LDs. I discussed situation with him and we went test optional with schools and also explored schools ghat were more interested in his grades and courses taken. He got into his top choice school and most all of his others and was a very happy guy senior year who enjoyed that last year of highschool enormously instead of stressing out about his low test scores. To this day , he is grateful that there was no push to go into the salt mines to try to significantly raise his score
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