January 2011 SAT Results

Not quite what I expected. (I thought I did better on the Critical Reading test.)

Critical Reading – 700

Mathematics – 740

Writing – 750

What’s most interesting is comparing the raw scores and scaled scores of this test and my 2009 test.

Critical Reading. In 2009, my raw score was 58 which resulted in a scaled score of 700. On this SAT, my results were exactly the same – raw score of 58, scaled score of 700.

Math. In 2009, my raw score was 52, which resulted in a scaled score of 750. On this SAT, my raw score was the same (52) but my scaled score was 10 points less (740). Boy is getting into the upper-700s tough! I only missed 2 questions! Best I can tell using various practice tests, etc. a raw score of 52 can result in a scaled score that can range from 740 to 770.

Writing. In 2009, my raw score was 48 with an 9 on the essay, which resulted in a scaled score of 780. On this SAT, my raw score was the same, but I got an 8 on the essay, resulting in a scaled score of 750. 30 points! Ouch.

The point of all this?

1) Raw scores can often result in different scaled scores due to the process of “equating” (statistical analysis that adjusts for differences in difficulty between test editions).

2) The bell curve means that it is quite difficult to do either extremely well or extremely poorly. Only in the upper-700s can two missed math questions (with the other 52 being correct) result in a loss of 60 scaled points.

In the past 20 months, I’ve taken both the ACT and the SAT twice. I’ve learned a lot. My next blog topic will be my thoughts on the ACT versus the SAT.

Hope this helps. Don’t forget… Plan, Practice, Perform. 🙂

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