Summit Prep Blog - Part 4

Margin for Error on the SAT and ACT

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.

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Gap Between Grades and SAT/ACT Scores

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.

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Competing for a Better SAT and ACT Score

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?

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Guide to Private School Entrance Exams

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.

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Summer Coding Camp

Coding is an ever increasingly valuable skill.  Not only does skill in coding provide stable career prospects and a clear pathway to success, but coding can more-or-less be done anywhere in the world, thereby opening up an even greater degree of possibilities and opportunities for your children.  The basics of coding that students learn will also help promote more general analytical thinking abilities and can particularly help propel them in their STEM education.

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The SAT’s New Adversity Score

Equality of opportunity and equity (fairness) of outcome are desirable.  The SAT’s adversity score, however, is a misguided attempt at achieving this equality of opportunity and, in some cases, will work against equity of outcome. 

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