THE COLLEGE CORNER
I know I’ve been silent for quite some time, but now there are a number of items that I want to share with you.
First, you may know that the publishers of the SAT have significantly changed the exam. They have reduced the number of sections from three down to two, so the highest possible score is now 1600. The verbal and written section has changed in the style and format of the questions, and is more dependent upon reading and interpreting sections of novels or essays. The text that a student must interpret is provided, but the questions are structured in a way that requires knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
These changes mean that older test-preparation books and study strategies are not as effective as they might have been last year.
Fortunately, College Board (publishers of the SAT) has partnered with Khan Academy to provide excellent online preparation materials. Seven full exams are offered, and students can even select just one section at a time to focus on. Once a section is finished, the student’s score is given, along with full explanations for the correct answer on those questions the student missed.
All of our Juniors are currently working their way through one full SAT on Khan Academy. I’ve been taking the test myself, and have found the information very helpful. I strongly recommend this resource. The SAT prep can be found here: https://www.khanacademy.org/mission/sat/exams
Second, AST had host the AEO College Tour, on March 8th, from 12:30 to 1:30, in the MPR. Seventeen colleges and universities will have representatives, and our students and their families are welcome to attend. We also host Jacobs University from Bremen, Germany, on Tuesday, March 7th, and New York University, Abu Dhabi campus on Thursday March 9th.
Since we are all preparing for TAIMUN, it is useful to have your students keep a record of the work that they do for the event. Our kids are usually prepared to list the positions they’ve held, or the formal role that they played. What they tend to skip are the anecdotal stories that provide context. I hope that our students will capture some of those stories -- these are the details that help a student write application essays that stand out.
Courtesy of Dan Norton-Middaugh