News from Mathnasium of Mill Valley
Ava knocks it out of the park on her math ISEE test!
Mar 7, 2019
I was thrilled beyond belief when Ava showed me her ISEE test results this week (see below). She is a 6th grader at Del Mar and has been working hard at Mathnasium for the past 1.5 years. The recipe for success on standardized tests is simple: consistent practice over an extended period of time. Without a solid math foundation you cannot perform well on the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, SAT, etc. You can get an ‘A’ in math without a solid math foundation if you are good at memorizing the information for the test. You cannot possibly memorize years of math material which is why standardized tests reveal whether a child really knows math or not. Over the past 6.5 years of running a math educational center, I have heard a consistent complaint (at least over 100+ occasions) mainly from parents whose children are in 6th & 7th grade at private schools. The complaint is “how could my child score so poorly on the ISEE (or SSAT) and get such a good grade in school?” I pretty much say the same thing everytime. Just because your child got an ‘A’ or ‘A-‘ or ‘B+’ in math class does not mean they are good at math. They could be good at math but it also may mean the rest of the class is really behind in math. Your child is: (i) good at memorizing for the test, (ii) on top of their homework, (iii) really good at class participation or, (iv) many others things that can bring up their grade. I have seen so many kids score between 30% and 50% on the ISEE, while their teacher writes glowing reviews about their math skills. I tell parents, “Mathnasium’s assessments or standardized tests are like the scale at the gym.” The scale does not lie and the tests do not lie either. If they are good at math they will do well on standardized tests and if they are bad at math, they will do poorly. Just like a scale if you gain weight or lose weight the scale will reflect the truth. Consistent practice is the only way to prepare!
A big thanks for Ava's mom for letting me share this great story!