Today we will be loading up and taking a trip up to Gainesville for Eric Jr.
Eric – my 7th grader was invited to take either the SAT or the ACT as part of the Duke University TIP program. This program only invites a portion of the 7th grade population to take this college requirement exam. We chose for Eric to take the ACT because of his strength in Science (the SAT is math/english only and ACT is math/english/science).
So back in January, he took the test. It was not a good day. He walked away not feeling very confident. He had forgotten his calculator at home – so they gave him just the small FCAT calculator to be able to use. He had been sick for a couple of days. He was not in the best spirits. His dad and I kept reminding him that the test wasn’t designed for 7th graders, it was designed for 11th & 12th graders getting ready to go into college. It didn’t matter what he scored because just being invited to take the test and for him to have seen and been through the test was a big deal.
We got the scores in and he as been invited to UF for a State Ceremony. Overall an 18, English a 23, Math a 19, and Science an 8 (ironic that we thought he would do so well on the Science – I wonder what he would do on the SAT now). Duke TIP says that my kid is in the top 3 percent of 7th graders in the country. And he was very close to being the top 1%. He just blows me away sometimes. Seriously, he just scored as good as or better than 40% of the graduating seniors in the State of Florida.
Today we pack up and head to Gainesville, tomorrow a tour of his beloved Gator’s campus, and a ceremony. He is so excited that I’m really not sure that he will sleep tonight. And I get to be the proud momma of a really smart kid!