tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-154093310000941902.post8696584348925249759..comments2019-11-22T20:17:39.380-06:00Comments on Mr. Robertson's Corner: I was a slacker in high schoolUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger4125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-154093310000941902.post-42930884231395110832019-03-10T11:47:42.782-05:002019-03-10T11:47:42.782-05:00Thank you for sharing and for your kind words! Rea...Thank you for sharing and for your kind words! Really appreciate it. Glad you found this helpful. Wishing you and both sons all the best!Aaron S. Robertsonhttps://www.mrrobertsonscorner.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-154093310000941902.post-21316464000989549692019-03-10T11:42:58.615-05:002019-03-10T11:42:58.615-05:00Thank you for reading and for your inquiry! Greatl...Thank you for reading and for your inquiry! Greatly appreciated. To answer your question about calculators first, yes, students can use calculators on both the ACT and SAT tests, but only during the math portions. <br /><br />For the SAT test, all scientific and all basic four-function calculators are allowed, as are most graphing calculators. Graphing calculators are highly recommended. Here's more information from The College Board Web site: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests/taking-the-test/calculator-policy <br /><br />For the ACT test, calculators are not required to solve any of the math problems. If you do bring one, there are several key restrictions to be mindful of. Here's a brief one-page document on calculator usage I found on the Web site of Jones County Junior College in Mississippi: http://www.jcjc.edu/testing/docs/calculator_specifications.pdf<br /><br />As for your first question on the two or more different strategies in math, that's a great question. I'm not sure offhand. I'm certainly not an expert in this topic. However, I do know you're not required to show your work. You're only tasked with selecting the correct answer, so I suppose it simply just comes down to whatever method or methods work best for each individual student to arrive at the correct answer. Here's a blog post from PrepScholar.com that offers some great advice for getting through the math portions of either test: https://blog.prepscholar.com/plugging-in-answers-a-critical-sat-math-act-math-strategy <br /><br />I'm with you on the "old-school" way of learning math. I graduated high school in 2001, and that's the way I was trained. I can easily go through the four basic functions in my mind and figure out percentages pretty easily, as well. And if a problem is a little too complex, I can still easily figure it out on paper. The new strategies are completely foreign to me.<br /><br />Thanks again for reading and for reaching out.Aaron S. Robertsonhttps://www.mrrobertsonscorner.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-154093310000941902.post-829768652479352142019-03-10T07:04:24.746-05:002019-03-10T07:04:24.746-05:00I’d like to know on the ACT & SAT are students...I’d like to know on the ACT & SAT are students required to know 2 or more different strategies in math? For example teachers are now teaching different strategies other than just the standard way, adding, multiplying and division as most of us growing up in 60’s & 70’s learned. Also, are they allowed to use calculators while taking the ACT and SATAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-154093310000941902.post-66232716249405541472019-03-09T19:35:20.967-06:002019-03-09T19:35:20.967-06:00Great read! My son will be a freshman in the fall...Great read! My son will be a freshman in the fall. He is a very good student now, but that can change! I will share this with him...just in case. I wish I could've shown this to my older son a few years back. He could really have learned from it. Congrats on reaching the level you are at! Best of luck with your PhD studies. Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05270619552872416592noreply@blogger.com