I do have a new goal though:  To Get a Perfect Score on the SATs.

A few weeks ago I decided that my son, who just finished 9th grade, needed to start studying for the SATs.  He thinks I’m out of my mind (I’m not), but agreed to do 20 minutes per day on weekdays.

In an effort to turn this into a mother/son bonding experience, I signed up for the SAT Question of the Day from the College Board. The first few days I got every question wrong — even the English questions!  Granted, I was only taking a few seconds to try each one before giving up, but I decided I needed to focus more.  Once I started trying, I was able to get the English questions right.  A month later I still have not gotten one math question correct on the first try.

There’s more back-story here, which I’ll talk about on another day, but for now here’s the story:

  • I’m going to see if it’s possible to master the SATs and get a perfect score.  I haven’t decided on all of the details yet, but here are a few things I do know:
  • I’m going to take a baseline test.
  • I’m not going to put a time limit on how fast I do this, though I’d like to make major progress in the next year or two.
  • My friend Catherine Johnson, who is one of the smartest people I know, is going to train me like I’m running a marathon. I’m going to do my best to share the process on this blog, as openly and honestly as I can, though my baseline score may be so embarrassing I’m not committing to specifics at this moment

I’m saying this all out loud so I’m accountable — kind of like telling the world you’re on a diet so if they see you going for a donut, you feel the shame.

Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis