We've tried to be very casual about these tests - no intense study classes, no pressure - and other than taking the Essay Writing course and looking over the Math sections, she didn't really "prepare." We decided to take a practice test yesterday and just do the Math sections and the Essay...
Holy cow. She blew us away. I mean, if the practice tests are at all like the real thing, I think the only place she *didn't* qualify for was CalTech.
Unfortunately, she wasn't able to finish her Essay, so if she repeats that today, her composite score will sink.
Either way, fingers crossed, prayers said, good thoughts sent to the universe!
Thank goodness that's over! The test is supposed to take 3hr 45min. They went in at 7:45 and were supposed to start at 8, so you'd think noon, right?
I spent the morning writing (yay!) and then at noon, I went back to the uni to wait. I read most of a novel on my phone, and those benches were not lumbar-friendly.
She didn't finish her essay, although she says she got further than she's been getting in practice. So there goes that score. But she felt pretty positive about the rest of it. Only answered the ones she knew, which she figures was over 80%. Did very little guessing, though, which is always an iffy proposition. The SAT doesn't penalize for questions left blank, but takes off 1/4 point for wrong answers, so guessing is not always in your best interest. Results should be in by Oct 24.
Overall, a success! We celebrated with a hot chocolate and pastry on the way home, then all went out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants for dinner.