September 16, 2007

Making Mom's Job a Bit Easier

So my son tests very well on standardized testing. How well? The ninety-ninth percentile well.

In so doing for 6th grade, last year's test, he was asked by some group affiliated with Duke if he’d be interested in taking the SAT or ACT in December or January, just to see how he’d do. When I got the notification in the mail, the first thing I did was laugh at the thought of my under tall, late growth spurt 12 year old, walking in to take the SAT with a bunch of 16 and 17 year old man/boys, not even thinking about the woman/girls who’ll be in there.

For some reason I had to laugh.

But my 2nd thought was more along the lines of, “If the testing done at his school is not showing us exactly what he knows, why not figure out where he really does lie?”

He’s not going to do well. Please. It’s a test to get into college and he’s a kid who just truly loves to read and has great comprehension. But maybe it’ll show me that he’s more at the 9th grade level or maybe that he’s just one step ahead. I have no clue. But it will be interesting.

He came home from school and I pulled him aside. He has always tested this high… always. His brothers do not. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it in front of them, in particular as Mr. T is so competitive. So I said to him alone, ‘I got a letter today asking if you’d be interested in taking the SAT test in December or January.’

Ringo: Melissa Oglethorpe got one of those.

Me: She did? How do you know?

Ringo: She was IMing me and she told me.

Me: Is she going to do it?

Ringo: Yeah. In December.

Me: well… its up to you. What do you want to do?

Ringo: I want to take it. I’ll find out where she’s registered.

And with that he walked away. I think he’d have been nervous if ‘Melissa Oglethorpe’ had not already greased the skids for me. Melissa who is one of the top brains in his class, blonde and legs up to her neck.

I call this… “The power of the girl”.

I found out later that night that Son#4 qualified too and had signed up. If Ringo had known that, he’d have signed up as well. “The power of the friend”. Hopefully Son#4 and he will get the same time and place for testing. They’ll feel better going in together.

Posted by Boudicca at September 16, 2007 06:51 PM | TrackBack

Most impressive -- the test scores and the eye for a fine pair of legs.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at September 16, 2007 07:32 PM

He pretends he doesn't have the eye... but too many little weird things have happened for me to believe he does not. He's just trying to keep it under wraps from dear ol' Mom.

As for the test scores, he's just a voracious reader. I think his test scores reflect that.

Posted by: Bou at September 16, 2007 07:47 PM

This is good also because he will have an advantage when it comes to taking the SATs his junior year, as he will already have been exposed. Plus, he will have more than one opportunity in high school. Cool!

Posted by: Peggy U at September 16, 2007 08:07 PM


Posted by: wRitErsblock at September 16, 2007 08:32 PM

I did a program like that at that age. Seriously, it will be good for him. Email me or give me a call, and I'll tell you all about it.

Posted by: caltechgirl at September 16, 2007 09:04 PM

My eldest, "Sagacitas", was included in the same "test em early" cohort.

The SAT people normally set aside separate rooms for the less than High School students taking the SAT.

Ringo should have fun. It's a longer test since they included a "fourth" part with writing the the essay. Ringo can game that by writing a legible 5-part (intro, 3 examples, conclusion) standard essay, with emphasis on the legible. Have pity on the poor sods that have to grade the essays. They take off points if they can't read your writing.

Posted by: The Thomas at September 16, 2007 09:47 PM

It will be good practice for him...we've had the same opportunity in our household. It doesn't count for colleges later on (unless they score super-super high) but it takes some of the 'fear of the unknown' off of it in the future.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 16, 2007 09:54 PM

Yes, I think this will be good practice. There will be no 'unknown' when he takes it as a Junior and he won't be scoring super high. He's just a smart kid, not a genius kid.

The Thomas- Thank you for the advice on the new written part. I will pass that along to him as his handwriting is absolutely atrocious. He types all his 'written' homework and has since 3rd grade.

Posted by: Bou at September 17, 2007 06:06 AM

I did that too, though we didn't have a written part when I took it. I scored high. Not too far off what I scored as a junior - just shows you they didn't do much at my school. Opened some other doors for scholarships and stuff afterward.

Good luck to him. You have a very bright boy there.

Posted by: oddybobo at September 17, 2007 08:22 AM

My son did that and the result said that he did better than 90% of graduating seniors! He wanted to know why he couldn't just skip jr. high and high school and head straight to college. I wondered too. He took college, AP, classes in high school, and ended up being the only Merit Schollarship finalist in his high school.

Kind of made me worry about those graduating seniors who didn't do as well as a little kid!??

Posted by: Fancy Dirt at September 17, 2007 10:36 AM

The written part would've been useless for me. I might've had one of the most creative ones floating around, but no one would've been able to read it.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 17, 2007 05:36 PM

I scored in the 99% as well on the IOWAS and took the SAT in 7th grade through Johns-Hopkins. Trust me when I say that if your kiddo reads a lot and scored that well he'll do fine. I sored higher than the average high school senior when I took it and I only studied some vocab lists. My mom always said it was because I take standardized tests well and to an extent she's right. Some people consistently knock those type of tests out of the park. I had to take it three times for J-H. 7th, 11th and 12th. I scored 1100, 1250 & 1310 respectively (when the test was still out of 1600). Not a genius, but better than the average bear. It's a major ego boost for you at a time when everything else about you makes you cringe.

Posted by: Oil Field Trash at September 20, 2007 08:36 AM