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Outdated Practice Tests and the New Realities of the SAT Scoring Curves

Posted by Jed Applerouth, PhD on February 13, 2019 in Featured, Jed Said, New SAT, Test Prep

As a standardized test, the SAT has the reputation of being predictable. However, the scoring curves on the recent SAT tests have been unexpected – and that’s troubling for many students. The College Board has been struggling to create tests of consistent difficulty and has erred on the side of making tests that are too easy, leading to scoring curves that are punishing. The kind of scoring scales we are seeing on recent tests have been shocking to students, leading tens of thousands of students to lend their signatures to online petitions calling on the CollegeBoard to rescore the tests in question.

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