The Center was moved by them. Americans’ SAT Scores had to be re-centered in 1995 because of a 15-year decrease in the 1960s and 70s that everyone appears to have forgotten about, as far as I can tell.

The Center was moved by them. Americans’ SAT Scores had to be re-centered in 1995 because of a 15-year decrease in the 1960s and 70s that everyone appears to have forgotten about, as far as I can tell.

The ‘center’ was no further 500 by 1995, so they moved it.

A student who receives a score of 680 on the Critical Reading in 2011 would have scored a 610 had they taken the test prior to 1995 in other words.

It’s like starting the Gap thinking you’re a size 8 but discovering that you squeeze into a size 4. You don’t instantly shed weight; they made the sizes bigger!

Wild Goose Chase

That’s how I’d describe the final six weeks; you can add to that a Universe that appears to be conspiring against me (is Mercury in retrograde?).

Next SAT is in 2 days and I also’m pretty certain that I’m moving backwards.


And, I appear to have lost any semblance of SAT instinct that we ever endured the fortune that is good of.

Imagine Who Has the Largest SAT Score Increase I Have Been Able to Find?


Another mom! (an additional, and I think a trend is had by us

Her name is Stacey Howe-Lott and she actually is a tutor who became interested in the SATs after a baby was had by her, 3 1/2 years back.

I been on the lookout for folks who have considerably improved their SAT scores so that I can ask them how they did it, and so far, a 58+%* math increase from the 55th percentile to the 94th percentile is the biggest I’ve found.**

You can read Stacey’s feedback about how she was increased by her scores so dramatically in this post, and in the meantime, here are some associated with the highlights:

  1. Stick to the Official College Board Blue Book.
  2. Use the solutions into the back of this Blue Book or Khan Videos to realize that which you missed.

I’d love to hear from more people who have increased their ratings dramatically.

*Stacey, I did that increase calculation correctly, right?!

**Thankfully Elizabeth King ‘s got my straight back. She emailed to inform me that I had in fact presented the percentile information wrongly unclearly. (And people wonder why it’s important to learn SAT math?)

Handwriting and Learning


An Atlantic Monthly article verifies what I’m feeling within my bones about writing things by hand (versus typing for a keyboard).*

Frank Wilson, author of The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language and Human Culture, says, ‘Although the repetitive drills that accompany handwwriting lessons seem outdated, such physical instruction will help students to succeed. He says these tasks brain that is stimulate, induce increased language fluency, and aid in the development of crucial knowledge.’ He describes in detail the pivotal role of hand movements, in specific the growth of thinking and language capacities, and in ‘developing deep emotions of confidence and fascination with the world-all-together, the primary prerequistes for the emergence of the capable and caring individual.’

And on a note that is related we went to a drawing workshop at the Gel Conference with the founders of Zentangle, who also have confidence in the power of hand-writing. I stocked up making use of their beautiful supplies the next I obtained home, plus this Zentangle book, Yoga for the mind, and I have always been right here to tell you that there is a meditative impact from this activity beyond anything you could ever imagine.

I highly suggest Zentangle being a family members task with teenagers.

A Few Great Links



  • Vi-Hart — A self-described ‘mathemusician.’ Rabbit Hole Warning. Discovered at the Gel Conference.
  • Everything is a Remix — Does the phrase ‘you took my concept’ make you cringe? Check out Kirby Ferguson’s films. Also discovered at Gel( recommend Gel, highly btw)
  • Education Quick Takes — Super-smart blog about training by up to date petroleum geologist, monetary planner, and mom, Grace Nunez.
  • STEM Parent (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) — a spirit that is kindred. Just found.

My Wall of Math

The last thing I did I do to Help My Child with Math When I Don’t Know Any Myself before I fell off the SAT cliff, was read Dr. Tahir Yagoob’s book, What Can?

We consumed the book that is entire BIG, voracious, eye gulps.

The name of this book indicates it’s just for moms and dads trying to greatly help math&mdash to their kids; and truly, it’s a must read for that reason alone. However, the book goes way beyond the parent market, to anyone who wants to learn old research practices from a man that is extremely smart.

Dr. Yagoob’s bio from Amazon:

‘we am a researcher in astrophysics and an educator in math, physics, and astrophysics. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to understand things, and have over a quarter of a hundred years of expertise in tutoring and math that is mentoring physics across the whole educational range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. I have also trained students that are postgraduate postdoctoral scientists to be established researchers and teachers in physics and astrophysics. I have published over one hundred research documents on astrophysical topics in peer-reviewed international journals and am a part of the editorial board of the international peer-reviewed journal ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics. To encourage and be motivated are wonderful things and I have been influenced by various authors and their books ever since I can remember. Two people that stand out above the rest are Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, whom even today are within my consciousness, continuously driving inspiration. In the event that you are young and have never read such a thing by either of them, I highly recommend reading one or more book by them, even if it is outside your usual genre list. Despite the fact that some of their subject material may be out-of-date, their style is timeless.’


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