I just didn’t get it together to write a weekend challenge question this week, but I didn’t want to pass on the opportunity to give away access to the Beta. So instead of writing a question, I’ve decided to run a bit of a contest (inspired by work I’ve been doing with Debbie Stier at the Perfect Score Project).
I want YOU to write an SAT question. It should be pretty hard, but not so hard that there’s no way it could appear on the SAT. Post your best stuff in the comments, and I’ll choose my favorite question (or questions) and award those authors access to the Math Guide. I’ll let this contest run until Wednesday, 9/14 Saturday, 9/17 whenever. If you write a good question and post it in the comments here, I’ll see it. If I think it’s good, I’ll email you access to the Beta. Easy, right?
Some guidelines and stuff:
- The question must be your own original work (duh).
- Formatting matters. It needs to feel real for me to like it. And it can’t have typos.
- The idea here is to simulate the SAT, not to write the hardest question you can write. Don’t use any concept that isn’t tested on the SAT.
- Make sure the incorrect answer choices you choose aren’t random — make sure they anticipate possible missteps a hapless student could make.
- If your answer choices have numbers, make sure those numbers go in order from least to greatest to greatest to least…just like on the SAT.
- If your question requires a diagram, it’s up to you to figure out how that’s going to work. Suggestion: Use a free image uploading service and post a link in the comments. To make it easy on me and whoever else is trying to solve the question, maybe include the text of the question in the image?
- SAT questions often test multiple concepts at once (ex: a circle question that also involves special right triangles). Just sayin’.
- There could be 1 winner, or 10. I’m not setting limits. If I think your question is awesome, you’re a winner.
- If your question is REALLY good, I might even ask you if I can use it in my book.