He said he needed help to do well on the test.
"But you're a math wizard," I countered.
"It's not the math," he cowered, it's the English. "Everyone who wants to go to a top school gets a private tutor."
He's a wonderful student. He has over a 4.0 and plays team sports and is involved in community service. I feel sad that the boy feels inadequate. He tells me he need a tutor to "learn" the test so he will score well and be competitive when he applies to college. In my day you got a tutor when you scored poorly. Things have changed.
I made the necessary calls and found a program that offered "in home" specialized tutoring. The packages begin at 16 sessions and offers all sorts of testimonials of raising scores by astounding percentages.
I feel inadequate and acquiesce. It is expensive. I can't help feeling that learning how to be test savvy should be a class taught in his public high school. I feel it's unfair that the tutor appears in my house to help him raise his score. it seems artificial and I wonder about the kids that can't afford the extra help and simply must work through the test on their own.