The December SAT essay prompts (from December 1, 2012) are now publicly available.
A paraphrase of the four essay prompts follows:
- Sometimes leaders become successful by treating other people poorly, which is not good. Prompt: Is it important to consider how nice or polite leaders are?
- Many people stubbornly cling to their beliefs. Prompt: Is it good to strongly believe something?
- Everybody makes mistakes. Prompt: Should we be forgiving of people's mistakes?
Teachers always want to say more; when a student asks a question, the mind of the teacher fills with ideas of ways to impart the information--explanations, diagrams, pairs of contrast and similarities, quiz questions, challenge questions, and the like. But no teacher I know ever has time to exhaust even a single idea. There are always just too many different questions to answer and too many doubts that could arise.
That said, I thought I might keep a list of the topics I wish to expand
You may have noticed that I've changed a few things in the forums over the last week or so. The colors are a bit brighter, and I've added some different graphics and emoticons. On the back end, I've been doing a few things as well, but most users won't notice. The back-end work involves looking at moderated threads, complaints about threads, and a few other things like that. Summer was busy for me (as it usually is), so there were a few hundred different things that I needed to look at.
Wow, it was an amazingly-busy summer. Our busiest ever. Things went really well, and we had a lot of great students who raised their SAT scores a lot. Very satisfying.
So, summer's over, and I can now work on the other projects (some of them quite big) that I have brewing.
First, the big news--we are opening a third branch. The third TestMagic will be in Millbrae, California, just south of San Francisco, not too far from the airport (SFO).
This post has proven to be pretty popular:
like vs. as
What's the difference between like and as?
In class here at TestMagic, I encounter such questions routinely; in fact, questions of this type are the most commonly missed questions, and believe it or not, there's a rather simple explanation for why one is wrong and another is right.
Let me ask you a question--when you think about this question, and you think about what's being compared, do