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did a question writing contest. It's pretty good, right?
Here's something I believe to be true: if you can write a convincing SAT math question, right down to realistic wrong answer choices, you're close to mastering the concepts in the question. That's because question writing forces you not only to understand the rules, but also to think through the tricky bits of the rules, and all the rules those are based on, and all the rules those are based on, all the way down to the basic building blocks of math.
To make a long story short, I think this is a fantastic, not to mention fun, way to hone your SAT math skills.
To make it even more fun, I'm going to hold a contest. For the month of December 2013, I will give away up to a book (or up to 3 books) every Friday for the best SAT math question(s) submitted that week. The plan is to give away 1 book per week. I say "up to 3" because I want flexibility if I can't choose a favorite from a bunch of good submissions.
Here's how it's going to work
- Submit your question in the comments on this post. If your question includes a figure, attach an image of the figure to the comment. You're all teenagers, so I trust you can figure out how to attach an image with DISQUS.
- You may submit 1 question per week.
- It must be multiple choice. Part of the feel of a real SAT question is that its incorrect answer choices are not completely random. They often anticipate likely mistakes a test taker might make.