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not a math person, any hope?

lwilliams1922lwilliams1922 15 replies7 threads New Member
I have an 8th grader who scores around 570 for writing, 540 for CR. I think we'll be able to raise these nicely in the next 2-3 years.

My question is about math. She is not really a math person and as much as we work I don't know that she will ever score very well on the math portion.

We are now homeschooling to help her learn math areas she just missed previously.
She's bright but while she was in school she always had tutors but still never had a real grasp of the concepts. I am using a math program better suited to her learning style and see improvement but I don't see her going to calculus.

What will her chances look like if she sits between 450 and 500 in math, while having 600-700 in reading and writing?


It's too soon to say where she will want to go, but financial aid is a necessity.

thanks for any input
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  • Kirkman001Kirkman001 24 replies5 threads New Member
    I have the same problem. I scored in the upper 600's in CR and Writing, but my math was not up to par. Mid 500-ish? Try the ACT. I took it just for the heck of it and got a 31 (out of 36). That kind of equals a 2000 or 2100, I think. There are more sections to balance out the bad math score.
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  • ZenbadabingZenbadabing 907 replies24 threads Member
    Grubers SAT guide is hands down the BEST math prep book in the market. The reading and writing portions are useless but the math is ridiculously comprehensive and incredibly easy to follow. It differs from other math books in the sense that it is beginners friendly(Meaning if you're daughter is literate and knows basic arithmetic she can't go wrong reading the book) and contains just enough practice questions for each lesson to help familiarize the user with the concepts- and not to mention that the explanations are very, very clear. But what I love most about the book is that for each type of math problem, Grubers provides different variations of the same problem and tells you exactly where each problem is located in the lesson. This builds confidence and allows the user to understand the problems beyond just the mere equations required to solve the problem, but really understand the conceptual parts that will allow her to solve any variation of that question in the future, no matter how obscurely worded. I used this book- and it worked wonders.
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