Because the SAT and ACT each have over one-hundred questions and students feel pressured to finish in time, it is very hard for almost all students not to make some silly mistakes. When I take the official tests (as I do every year), sometimes I make one or two mistakes as well. So, what is the margin for silly mistakes on both the SAT and ACT? And how does that difference in margin affect students’ testing? Let’s explore.
Instead of writing a typical post, I am providing a link to a podcast in which Brian Eufinger, co-founder of Edison Prep in Atlanta, GA, breaks down how and why some students can get seemingly good grades and then get surprisingly low SAT or ACT scores.
Of the roughly 551,000 high school basketball players in the 2017-2018 school year, about .1% of them will end up being drafted into the NBA.¹ Of the roughly 2,000,000 high school students who took the ACT in 2017, similarly, about .1% of them achieved a perfect score.² Why make this comparison?
There are plenty of reasons why parents choose for their children to apply to private elementary, middle, or high school. Among the most common reasons are individual attention, parental involvement, not teaching to a test, religious instruction, specialized programs, etc. Whatever the reason may be, once parents embark on the application process they realize that it can be a little complicated, especially when it comes to admission test scores. Private school admissions have become more and more competitive and selective.