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

The ‘center’ was no longer 500 by 1995, therefore it was moved by them.

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 are a size 8 but discovering which you fit into a size 4. You didn’t suddenly drop some weight; the sizes were made by them bigger!

Wild Goose Chase

That’s how I’d describe the last six weeks; then add to that a Universe that is apparently conspiring against me (is Mercury in retrograde?).

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


And, I seem to have lost any semblance of SAT instinct that we ever had the chance of experiencing.

Imagine Who Gets the Premier SAT Score Increase I’ve Been Able to Find?


Another mom! (an additional, and I believe a trend is had by us.)

Her name is Stacey Howe-Lott and she’s a tutor who became interested within the SATs after she possessed a baby, 3 1/2 years ago.

I been on the lookout for folks who have considerably improved their SAT scores so that I can ask them how they made it happen, 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 commentary about how she increased her scores so dramatically in this post, and in the meantime, below are a few of the highlights:

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

I’d love to hear from more individuals who have increased their scores significantly.

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

**Thankfully Elizabeth King has got my straight back. She emailed to let me know that I had in fact presented the percentile information wrongly unclearly. (And individuals wonder why it is vital to learn SAT math?)

Learning and handwriting


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the Brain, Language and Human Culture, says, ‘Although the repetitive drills that accompany handwwriting lessons seem outdated, such real instruction will assist students to succeed. He says these tasks brain that is stimulate, cause increased language fluency, and aid in the growth of essential knowledge.’ He describes in detail the pivotal role of hand movements, in specific the development of reasoning and language capacities, and in ‘developing deep emotions of self- confidence and interest in 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 believe in the ability of hand-writing. We stocked up using their beautiful supplies the second I got home, plus this Zentangle book, Yoga for the Brain, and I am here to tell you that there’s a meditative effect from this activity beyond anything you could ever imagine.

I highly suggest Zentangle being a family task with teenagers.

A Few Great Links



  • Vi-Hart — A self-described ‘mathemusician.’ Rabbit Hole Warning. Discovered at the Gel Conference.
  • Education Quick Takes — Super-smart blog about education by up to date petroleum geologist, financial 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 we did before I fell down the SAT cliff, was read Dr. Tahir Yagoob’s book, What Can i really do to aid My kid with Math When I Don’t understand Any Myself?

I consumed the whole book in BIG, voracious, eye gulps.

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

Dr. Yagoob’s bio from Amazon:

‘I am a researcher in astrophysics and an educator in math, physics, and astrophysics. I’m always trying to find new ways to understand things, and have over a quarter of a century of experience in tutoring and math that is mentoring physics throughout the entire educational range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. I have also trained postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to become established experts and professors in physics and astrophysics. I have published over one hundred research documents on astrophysical topics in peer-reviewed international journals and am an associate of the editorial board of the international journal that is peer-reviewed Astronomy and Astrophysics. To encourage and become influenced are wonderful things and i’ve been influenced by various writers and their books from the time we can remember. Two people that stand out that beats all others are Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, who to this day are in my own consciousness, continuously driving inspiration. In the event that you are young while having never read any such thing by either of them, I highly recommend reading one or more guide by them, regardless if it is outside your usual genre list. Even though a few of their matter that is subject may out-of-date, their style is timeless.’

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