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Can anyone tell me how the SAT is scored now. My daughter just took the PSAT and I know they have changed it since I was at school.
Think the PSAT score is out of a possible 240, 80 for each section. Similar to the new SAT which is a max score of 2400.
The National Merit cutoff for PSAT (top 3% or so) was right around 215 when I was in high school in 2005.
So she got a 144 as a sophomore. Trying to see if that is any good.
It'll depend on how she scored by section, but here's a link with a breakdown.
Just averaging her score out, it seems like it is probably in the 60% (i.e. top 40% of her class) range.
That's fairly avarage. I think my friend (junior in high school) got a 150 and was in the 59th %, so she should be in the top half.
Edit: double post
This post was edited by tigerqb7 15 months ago
That is the equivalent to a 1440 on the SAT.
45 critical reading
I'm a sophomore in college so this stuff is fairly fresh in my memory.
Don't worry too much about PSAT scores. I got a 155 my sophomore year, a 177 my junior year. Got a 1990 my senior year on the SAT.
Despite doing poor on the first two my score increased each year, I could have taken the SAT again to pass 2000 but I didn't need it to get into UT.
This post was edited by Thepop 15 months ago
Basically you just add a 0 to the end of every number.
So it would be
450 Critical reading
For a total score of 1440 which is slightly below the national average, but is good for a sophomore.
Im a junior in high school. Is the real SAT much different (harder, easier, longer, etc) than the PSAT?
It's been a few years (graduated mid 2000s) but I found the PSAT to be harder than the SAT, although I scored better on the PSAT.
Every test is different of course.
I thought the PSAT was harder but I thought the SAT was longer.
The SAT (PSAT) tests you largely over your problem-solving skills while the ACT (PLAN) tests largely what knowledge you've acquired while in HS.
I got a 660 on math, 560 on critical reading and 520 on writing in my 7th grade year. Have taken it the past two years since and have improved significantly. Don't worry about the PSAT and download the SAT question of the day app as one of the most important things to know is how the questions are worded and asked so you want to be familiar with it.
I also thought PSAT was harder in comparison with 3 SATs
This post was edited by Ash Can Pass 15 months ago
Essays on the actual SAT, not on the PSAT
Add a "0" to the end of her score and this relatively what she would have scored on the actual SAT. That is definitely a respectable score for a high school sophomore. There are many study guides that promise to help improve scores, but the study guides and practice exams released by ETS are probably the best, especially since she could view why her answer choices were right or wrong after taking a practice exam. Don't take it the wrong way by the title, but the "SAT for Dummies" book has been very benficial for my students, as it lists and defines the most commonly appearing vocabulary words, plus it also has a plethora of information about the Greek and Latin root, prefix, and suffix of commonly appearing words. Memorizing these can aid in figuring the meaning of unfamiliar words in the verbal reasoning section of the test. I hope this helps. If I may be of further help, just shoot me a message.
This post was edited by Mike Patton 15 months ago
Don't most students take the sat their junior year? If so then it looks like she has a lot of work to do to get a good Score. But thAt depends on where she wants to go - if Sam
Houston or tech is the goal then she's probably fine. If UT, Aggie, rice or Ivy League then she needs to start working harder.
I only got a 1450 on it back in the mid 1970's when I took it. You kids are doing just fine I would say.
They changed the scoring. Your 1450 was out of 1600. The SAT is now out of 2400. 800 for Math, 800 for Critical Reading, 800 for Writing. Your 1450 back in the 70's works out to about a 2100-2200 now.
FWIW if you get a 650 on math and CR (doesn't matter how many you take it, as long as you get both of those scores in any combination, I took it twice and got a 660 on math the first time and a 670 in CR the second) then you have automatic acceptance to A&M regardless of rank. At least that's what it was like applying for the class of 2015
Btown that is correct, I believe there is a similar deal at UT. You can get auto admission two ways at A&M, class ranking and 1300 SAT score. This does not guarantee your choice of college at A&M though.
Thanks for the information. Back when I took the exam I had no idea of its importance for college as no one in my family was up on those things. Now kids really study, prepare and even re-take it for scholarship purposes. In my day, it was not that hard to get into Texas as I recall, unlike today.
Thank you very much Mike. I will research this and let you know if I have other questions.
Agree we need to dig in a little but she is a bright kid and we did this completely blind with no prep at all so I am happy with where she is at. I honest don't see an issue off adding 600 to that with a little work. Not sure where we will go to school yet. She is an athlete and will almost certainly receive a scholly. The question is where to and is/are the schools interested in her attractive to us. More than likely it will be a lower echelon D1 program or D2. Something like Texas State or one of the UT system schools not ending in Austin. She is quite a softball player and is garnering attention already from these schools.
This post was edited by NickSaban 15 months ago
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