Okay – so I screwed up. I have the ongoing false sense that things in my life are going to become more organized and less demanding at some magical point in the ongoing not too distant future.. And my ongoing living fantasy is not that I have a steamy interlude with Jon Stewart (but, yep, he would probably be my celeb pick) but rather that I actually clear my desk and get my family’s lives in order. And I think I thought that that magical moment was going to happen sometime this spring when I examined the SAT calendar in January. And put off registering the junior until I had a little more of a handle on things. Yep. Me. Who has worked in a college counseling office. Written college planning timelines for magazines. Yes – that very person is who did not register her own child for the SAT this spring.
Now in my defense, junior has seen SAT / ACT tutor a handful of times (aka a lot of $ worth of time). And she and tutor both feel confident she is going to do really well on the test. If she were to be registered. Then and only then would she do well on the test.
Complication. There is now only June registration before the next round starts in Oct. (Really? I mean. I mean – why would they not do summer testing when these kids actually have a little something called – TIME!?). So the dilemma is, do I register her for the regular SAT or for the SAT 2’s (subject tests) since she will have just finished taking 3 AP tests for which she is doing some hardcore preparation. And on this, I can’t get the very simple answer that I am seeking. “Yes” or “No”. I like black and white. Answer seems grey. Answer looks like this – “She doesn’t need it. But if she is going to do well it might be good to have. However, most schools are no longer requiring it.” Great – I get that they are not “requiring it” – but what percentage does it raise my kid’s chances of getting into said college if she takes it? I mean, do we really have to dance around and make stabs in the dark hoping that we are stabbing something that counts more than “might be good to have”. And how the hell do I know if she is going to do well on it? Yes, she tests well. (Thankfully. Because another thing she does really well is hand in homework late.) Last fall when I heard her teachers describe the AP testing she will start next week, I got a panic attack. I could hear my own heart pounding in my ears. There are tests. And then there are TESTS! And the Spanish AP test seems like it might be harder than passing the Bar Exam (no offense to the attorneys out there – especially those of you who got 4s and 5s on the Spanish AP test!) How do I know where the SAT 2s fall in the scope of testing?
The bottom line is that this college application process is already bugging me. Costing me. Freaking me out. And what a long long way we have to go. I know those who are trying to figure out soy milk vs. dairy milk think that you are in the thick of the most stressful parenting. But my round of applause goes to all the parents who have made it through to the other side of the high school senior year. Whether your kid got into the ivy league school of his or her choice, or is travelling Europe with a backpack and song – more power to you.
And please, if you have time, comment – SAT or SAT 2s in June?????