Interesting: my SAT physics mock-test results

I was spending some time around the Physics Forums today when I came across this link.

For those who have no idea what the SATs are, this is what Wikipedia introduces it as,

SAT Subject Tests is the name for any of 20 standardized tests given on individual subjects by The College Board, usually taken to improve a student’s credentials for admission to colleges in the United States. Students typically choose which tests to take depending upon college entrance requirements for the schools to which they are planning to apply.

So I decided, out of the blue, to take the mock test given by The College Board on that link. Back in the Physics Forums, the question asked was to the effect of, how true to the actual SAT Physics tests is this mock test. While I still have not answered my question (and while I am not a huge fan of scoring marks wildly,) I realised, once I had finished the 36 questions long test, that I had nothing in my results to feel sorry for. Continue reading

Title Trouble: do your articles need catchy titles or descriptive ones?

Having written articles for offline media and perhaps even more often for those online–my blog and my website being two major carriers of my writings–I have observed one question that quite haunts writers. What should the most important element in the title of an article be?

There are two possibilities here and writers often contemplate heavily between the two: catchy titles and descriptive titles. Which should one choose? In my opinion, this decision depends on various factors. Continue reading