ABC, 123, SAT, Baby You & Me

I’ll ace it.  Trust me.
It’s that time.
Time for me to stress about Clark’s fast-approaching adulthood.  Time for me to think about the impact of hisless-than-stellar high school grades on his college applications.  Time for me to worry about keeping himfocused through SAT prep, or over the course of a half day exam.
Shoot me, now!
Clark, however, assures me all this fuss is for naught.  He’s gonna ace it.
He always says that. Right after he learns he has an “F” going into the finalbecause he has missed too many homeworks. The problem is that he always HAS aced “it” before.  He has passed classes by making near perfectscores on finals five times in his 2.5 years of high school.
You read that right. Five times.
No amount of counter-information from me convinces him theSAT won’t be more of the same.  He ispredictably and stunningly over-confident. Ah, how ADHD of him.  And howterrifying.
I look at my man-child, the whisper of moustache on the oncebaby-smooth face, the size 11 feet that used to wear Dallas Cowboys booties.  Only his big brown Bambi eyes remain thesame.  I’ve never convinced him ofanything before.  But this time, I haveammunition, I have carrots.
A girl.  Debate clubcompetitions.  And avoidance of  taking the “live” SAT prep class.
Aha!  Clark agreed to workingthrough CollegeBoard’s online prep class for half an hour each day before he can spendtime with his girlfriend or work on debate. He has to finish his homework first, too.  All of this with the TV off, after a {gigantic}snack, and a  bare minimum of Facebook. Ugh.  I have to pace behind himevery few minutes to police this  last requirement.
Then, he will take the test.  No accommodations, no live prep class.  If he kills it, he’s done.  If he doesn’t score at a level that helps himaccomplish his stated college goals,then it is on to live class and possible accommodations. 
His goal is, at a minimum, to get into the University ofNorth Texas, so that he can participate in their Debate program.  It is one of the few of its kind inTexas.  His “stretch” goal isto gain admission to the University of Texas at Austin, which has the same typeof debate team.  He believes his stretchgoal is possible.  We try to hide ourskepticism. We are just happy (very happy) that he has found an attainableschool that he likes, UNT.  And thatprides itself on its success rate with ADHD students.
Clark’s Pre-Advanced Placement English teacher recommendsthat all kids, especially those with disability issues that are benefited by maturity,take the SAT no earlier than March of their junior year.  Boy do I feel badly for our first three kidsnow.  They all took it the fall of theirjunior year.  According to htis teacher,every bit of maturity gained aids in focusing during the long four hour test.  This makes perfect sense to me.  She also told me that she and other teachersat his high school would not finish substantively teaching topics included onthe SAT until then.  I am sold. 
So, preparations continue, and will continue, formonths.  And, if needed, we can request SAT or ACT test accommodations, which may includeindividual administration of the test, computerized, audio, or large-print testeditions, or extended testing time.  Ornot.  We’ll see.
In March.
Now, I’m off to monitor Facebook usage!
Until next time,
Pamela, aka Clark’s Mom

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes the Clark Kent Chronicles on parenting ADHD wonder kids, thanks to the crash course given to her by her ADHD son and his ADHD father. Pamela is the author of the book The Clark Kent Chronicles: A Mother’s Tale of Life With Her ADHD & Asperger’s Son, and many others, like How To Screw Up Your Kids and her bestselling, award-winning Katie & Annalise mystery series, led off by Saving Grace. Visit her blog, Road to Joy, where you can buy her books in any form, anywhere. Pamela is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship, as well as her husband and kids. Like Clark Kent, she also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.

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Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes the Clark Kent Chronicles on parenting ADHD wonder kids, thanks to the crash course given to her by her ADHD son and his ADHD father. Pamela is the author of the book The Clark Kent Chronicles: A Mother's Tale of Life With Her ADHD & Asperger's Son, and many others, like How To Screw Up Your Kids and her bestselling, award-winning Katie & Annalise mystery series, led off by Saving Grace. Visit her blog, Road to Joy, where you can buy her books in any form, anywhere. Pamela is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship, as well as her husband and kids. Like Clark Kent, she also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound, if she gets a good running start.

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