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1550-1600 / 1600
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6%
1430-1540 / 1600
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16%
1310-1420 / 1600
74
11%
1190-1300 / 1600
34
5%
1070-1180 / 1600
4
1%
0-1060 / 1600
1
0%
2350-2400 / 2400
39
6%
2170-2340 / 2400
118
17%
1990-2160 / 2400
73
11%
1810-2150 / 2400
49
7%
1630-1800 / 2400
11
2%
0-1620 / 2400
5
1%
We don't have SATs in our country, but I want to see the results anyway...
117
17%
 
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:17 am UTC

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby ++$_ » Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:30 am UTC

The school transcript works better. Of course, it requires some knowledge of the school and its grade policies to interpret correctly, but it works better.

The SAT II tests work better, but the ceilings are way too low. (800 on the Math II SAT II, for example, is a very large category, something like the top decile.)

The ACT may work slightly better. This is open to debate.

The AP tests work better, but the resolution is too coarse and the ceilings are too low once again. The tests are a bit too long as well. And some of them are just bad, like AP EnviSci (so I have heard). The other thing to consider is that AP tests usually measure something, which is not necessarily facility with the subject they purport to test. For example, the AP English (Language) test seems from the name as though it would be a good test of writing ability, but it isn't. (If it were, I would not have received a 5.)

The AMC math competition is effective, IMHO, at measuring something resembling mathematical ability. (This assertion is based on my interpretations of observations of the 16 other students in my high school class who took the AMC.) It's only effective to a point, because beyond question 18 or so (out of 25) special knowledge starts to be required.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:05 am UTC

++$_ wrote:The school transcript works better. Of course, it requires some knowledge of the school and its grade policies to interpret correctly, but it works better.


And that's the problem. We have to find a good balance between information that is oversimplified (current system) and one that requires too many people and dollars to actually make function (going through everyone's school and weighing that with their transcripts).
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby btilly » Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:23 am UTC

I was about 1300 or so when I took it on the old test. Of course there was the little fact that I had a flu and had to go to the bathroom between sections and vomit.

I prefer my GRE scores. 760 V, 780 A, 800 Q. I wasn't sick when I took that test. :D
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby reflectia » Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:27 am UTC

Got somewhere between 1800 and 1900 when I was 12, although I hadn't even learned pre-algebra yet.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby fourier404 » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:25 pm UTC

Math: 800
Reading: 740
Writing: 800

woooooo
That was the second attempt though, the first time I got 2190.

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Postby Amnesiasoft » Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:22 am UTC

xkcd wrote:A lot of people trash them, but if it hadn't been for SAT-like tests, I would have had a lot of trouble getting into colleges. According to my high school grades, I'm too incompetent to walk and chew gum at the same time. But then according to the SAT, I can, uhh ... walk and chew gum and take standardized tests pretty well. (800 verbal, 750 math, 780-790 on various SAT IIs).

More or less the same thing for me. Everyone tells me how great I did on my SATs. Standardized tests really aren't that difficult. Half of the problem is people think they're hard.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Lasorele » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:27 am UTC

math: 780
reading: 770
writing: 760 (yeah, i messed up majorly on the essay)


but, then, that is only my first try, summer of soph year, and my second's not till a week from today, so i guess i still have time to improve. yay.

math 2 - 770, but also one try so far.


how much importance actually is placed on these in college admissions and stuff?

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Postby Ezzy » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:49 am UTC

Verbal: 800
Math: 720
Writing: 790

.... Want to know the terrible part? My parents are making me take it again to do better on math! Ah... what is this world coming to....

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Postby GCM » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:37 pm UTC

Marbas wrote:Sat 1:

670 Math (Ow)
690 CR (Blech)
730 Writing (Ehhh)
2090 Total <- This gets me into the ballpark for quite a few reasonably good places according to most of the people I've talked to.

SAT 2:
700 Math IIC (Yech)
750 Physics (ehh)
690 (Lit.) (Ehh)


Hey, same subjects!!
660 CR (huh)
720 Math (wtf man)
610 Writing (augh!!!)
1990 total - gets me into the 1990 and above exactly! Whoa crap.

SAT II
720 Physics (Waa....)
690 Lit. (Ok.. ok, not too bad for me)
800 Math II (Yes! The one thing I did right!)

Anyway, that was last year. I've been accepted into a couple of schools so far, but does anyone know if this is good or bad news for my application to the University of Michigan? Anybody else wanna go there Fall this year?

And, of course, most people here I expected to be quite smart anyways.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Ninjew » Sat Mar 08, 2008 2:29 am UTC

I got a 1550 on the NEW test. That tells you how much I suck at the essay. I got 300 points on that thing. Going on the old scale, I would have got a 1250 or something.

Hell, my score was good enough to get into the college of my choice, so I'm not complaining.

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Postby skeptical scientist » Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:32 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:Well I was just going to anonymously brag up top with the poll, but since others are doing it:

SAT I:
Math - 800
Verbal - 800

SAT II:
Math IIC - 800
Biology - 7-something (I no longer remember the exact score)
One other one - 800 (I know I had to take 3, and I know I got 800's on two of them but not bio, but I don't remember what the other one was)

Probably writing. I think that many schools required the writing SATII (hence the change from the 1600 pt SAT to the 2400 pt SAT).

I remember being extremely amused when I took the GRE that I had to take a quantitative portion on the general test. Here I am taking the GRE math subject test, which is orders of magnitude more difficult, and I have to waste time answering which fraction is bigger, 1/4 or 2/5. I think I finished the 45 minute section in about 10 minutes, but it might have been 15 (with an 800, of course).
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby mountaingoat » Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:15 am UTC

Math: 760
Writing: 610
Reading: 600

MathII: 720
US Hist: 680 (2 on the AP test. :roll: )


ACT I got like, 32 science, 31 math, 25 writing and 23 reading. Icck. On one of the sub sections of reading I got 47th percentile.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby kellsbells » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:09 am UTC

I am not a fan of the SAT math section at all.

780 CR
660 M (ahhh!!!)
740 W

And yet I do extremely well on the ACT (35 composite, 35 on all sections except 33 on writing for some reason). I don't know what it is, I just panic when I get to the SAT math section. I think it stems from the first practice test I took, when I got like 530 or something... :(
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Postby GCM » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:56 pm UTC

++$_ wrote:The school transcript works better. Of course, it requires some knowledge of the school and its grade policies to interpret correctly, but it works better.

The SAT II tests work better, but the ceilings are way too low. (800 on the Math II SAT II, for example, is a very large category, something like the top decile.)

The ACT may work slightly better. This is open to debate.

The AP tests work better, but the resolution is too coarse and the ceilings are too low once again. The tests are a bit too long as well. And some of them are just bad, like AP EnviSci (so I have heard). The other thing to consider is that AP tests usually measure something, which is not necessarily facility with the subject they purport to test. For example, the AP English (Language) test seems from the name as though it would be a good test of writing ability, but it isn't. (If it were, I would not have received a 5.)

The AMC math competition is effective, IMHO, at measuring something resembling mathematical ability. (This assertion is based on my interpretations of observations of the 16 other students in my high school class who took the AMC.) It's only effective to a point, because beyond question 18 or so (out of 25) special knowledge starts to be required.


Honestly I'm not quite sure why or why wouldn't the SAT be a good interpretation. But it doesn't matter anyways, as long as they've something to measure by.

And you're probably right, the ceiling is too low, though its unusual how it's supposed to be "harder", yet has more people scoring 800 than Math I. I got 800, expecting something of a 700.
My 720 for physics would look better, if it wasn't at 70-something percentile. Physics is the other Math II.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby 3tard » Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:42 pm UTC

I took it a few months ago (as a freshmen by the way) and did so-so. 650 on math 630 reading and 610 writing (8/12 on the essay). The way I see it is that i have two more chances to take it, fall '08 and spring '09 because I'm applying for college as a junior and getting a senior year waiver.

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Postby EmersonienEra » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:00 pm UTC

SAT first time: 2000
Math: 680
Crit. Reading: 640
Writing: 680
-Essay: 8/12

But then I took it again 'cause I thought I could do better.

SAT second time: 2170
Math: 750
Crit. Reading: 720
Writing: 700
-Essay: 10/12

And I did do much better! ^^ But then I had to take three SAT II's for a college I was applying to.

SAT II's
Math (Lv. 2): 700
Latin: 750
Bio (eco): 600 (But I had only taken the intro to bio course three years before... :P)

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Postby segmentation fault » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:13 pm UTC

710 math 590 verb.

yeah only a 1300 im dumb :(

if only i cared about big words i could have done better.
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Postby GCM » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:54 am UTC

I get the feeling it's different for different schools, but do most take the higher scores of what you get, or just the latest?
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Postby kcr » Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:09 am UTC

GCM wrote:I get the feeling it's different for different schools, but do most take the higher scores of what you get, or just the latest?

What my school's guidance counselor has said is that they see all your scores but only look at the highest when looking at applications.

Blah I find out scores on Thursday. I hope to not take it a second time..

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Puck » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:51 pm UTC

SAT (1999 version):
800 Math
760 Verbal

SAT II:
Math IIC: 800
Latin: 800
Chem: 780

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Postby GCM » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:34 am UTC

kcr wrote:Blah I find out scores on Thursday. I hope to not take it a second time..


Cool! Whatd'cha get?
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby tehmikey » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:28 pm UTC

800 math
570 verbal
1370/1600

I took my SAT tests before I learned to appreciate the English language.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby nsmjohn » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:41 pm UTC

Apparently I graduated before the new SAT was implemented. I actually never took the OLD one either, but if my PSAT was and indication I got around 1280.
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Postby NOT Steve » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:20 am UTC

Math: 660
CR: 630
Writing: 600
Total: 1890

In my defense, this was in eighth grade. Hopefully I'll do a little better next year.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby hypersoar » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:37 pm UTC

CR: 640
M: 710
CW: 660

Total (with and without writing): 1350 / 2010

This was my first try about a month ago. I'm not at all satisfied, and I have a few more tries. My goal is to get above 700 in critical reading and a perfect score on math. Most universities I'm applying to don't care about critical writing.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby ST47 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:27 pm UTC

R: 700
M: 770
W: 730 (79/80 grammar, 7/12 essay. Damn.)

I've never been great at writing. I still thought I did better than that on the essay.
I'm pleased with my scores, of course, that gives me a 2200/2400, or a 1470/1600 if you discount the writing.

Taking the Math II and Chem SAT IIs later this year.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Peregrin » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:31 am UTC

Standard SAT
Reading: 800
Math: 720
Writing: 800

Subject Tests
Physics: 710
French Written: 720
Math II: 760
Chemistry: 760

I am a firm believer in the principle that most of the standard SAT is not very difficult. What is difficult is maintaining focus for a test that takes that much time. I was disappointed with my math scores, but then I reminded myself that I'm not going to be an engineer and all was forgiven. However, considering that this is the XKCD forum, I am rather embarrassed by my physics subject test score. Curse you all for knocking me into the 76th percentile (or somewhere near that).

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby HSG » Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:26 pm UTC

Math: 800 (without a calculator :D )
Verbal: 780
Writing: 700

I also have an 800 on the Math II subject test

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby syckls » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:38 am UTC

When I was in 7th grade, I did the old SAT for a talent search deal and got a 1380 (700 and 680, I don't remember which is which). This year I took the new SAT and got 800 verbal, 800 math and 760 writing, and I could probably bump up the writing if I could learn how to write four paragraphs in 25 minutes. I've always been a slow essay writer. (Yeah, that's right, I'm berating myself for *only* getting 2360.)

++$_ wrote:The SAT II tests work better, but the ceilings are way too low. (800 on the Math II SAT II, for example, is a very large category, something like the top decile.)


ALL the SAT II tests are extremely easy. I'm pretty confident that anyone who understands the basic concept of vectors and knows the fundamental kinematic equations could get at least a 700 on the physics exam just by that knowledge and a little guesswork with the rest.

The AP tests work better, but the resolution is too coarse and the ceilings are too low once again. The tests are a bit too long as well. And some of them are just bad, like AP EnviSci (so I have heard). The other thing to consider is that AP tests usually measure something, which is not necessarily facility with the subject they purport to test. For example, the AP English (Language) test seems from the name as though it would be a good test of writing ability, but it isn't. (If it were, I would not have received a 5.)


Agreed, and I can attest to this. I took nine AP exams last year and got a 5 on every one. This is despite the fact that for six of those tests, I crammed almost everything the day before from prep books and other materials. Just getting 70% of the possible points on the exam is enough to get you a 5, so who's to say whether I really have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of macroeconomics, or whether I simply memorized enough facts to get by and today couldn't tell you what a federal fund is if I tried? Also, the Environmental Science and Human Geography (and I may even go so far as to say Psychology) tests are laughably easy.

The AMC math competition is effective, IMHO, at measuring something resembling mathematical ability. (This assertion is based on my interpretations of observations of the 16 other students in my high school class who took the AMC.) It's only effective to a point, because beyond question 18 or so (out of 25) special knowledge starts to be required.


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Re: SAT Scores

Postby arbivark » Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:08 am UTC

I realize xkcd forum is a non representative sample of sat-takers,
but i wonder if the scores have been subject to any inflation over the years?
My sat's, 1420, 700 math 720 verbal in 1976, seem really low compared to you guys,
but my PSATs were similar and got me the National Merit Scholar thingy (no actual money because my family had money). GREs 1410 i think, maybe 1430, i forget.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Ribbon » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:59 pm UTC

Hmm, well I must say, compared to everyone else, my scores are quite low:

SAT
Math: 670
Critical Reading: 590
Writing: 570

This was my first time, and I will be taking it again soon, the ACT as well.

As you can probably see, English isn't exactly my best subject. Also, my scores don't even come close to my older brother's, who managed a 2400 when they first started administering the new test.

...and just to show I'm not a complete idiot, I managed a four on my AP European History Exam, as well as my AP Environmental :D

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Irrational » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:31 pm UTC

My best score was 1450/1600. I don't remember what my math/verbal scores were, but I do remember that my verbal was higher than my math, which is bizarre because I always thought of myself as a "math guy". What's up with that?

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby GCM » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:57 pm UTC

I have a thought; how much better do people who take the test a second time generally do? I know it tests observation, thinking, attention to detail and approximation skills, but those can be improved, especially if you familiarize yourself with the SAT. We have to assume, of course, that you studied for the second one more, and you'd likely get better marks. XKCDians, of course. Maybe there should be a poll for this.

I ask because my 1990 didn't really please me. Felt like a 2100 or something.
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Paiev » Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:59 pm UTC

SATs in 7th grade:
CR: 690
Math: 680 (no calculator)
Writing: 590

For the writing section, I had never been forced to write an essay that quickly and as a result mine was absolute trash. Oh well.

PSATs as a freshman:
CR: 76
Math: 75 ( :oops: , I made a stupid mistake on one problem)
Writing: 73

Where I had two wrong in CR, one wrong in math, and two wrong in writing.

SAT scores for when they actually count for something are yet to be determined.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Kaiyas » Mon May 12, 2008 11:51 pm UTC

I scored just short of 2000. Then again, I wasn't even in high school at the time. :lol:
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Re: SAT Scores

Postby Red Wolf » Tue May 13, 2008 4:01 am UTC

I'm not usually inclined to talk about these - feels too braggish - but since everyone else is, what the hell :-)

SAT in 7th grade (talent search program): 730 math, 790 verbal, 1520 total.
SAT in 9th grade ("for real"): 800-800-800.
Subject tests: 800 in Math II, Chemistry, Bio-M, French.

I'm now in 11th grade, and secretly gleeful when I hear my classmates stressing about the tests. Extremely glad the endurance run is behind me.

I agree with what people have said about the tests in large part measuring one's ability to concentrate for four hours straight. It's not the best metric in the world, but it's what our system is based on these days, and college admissions officers don't all treat SAT scores as The Most Important Part of the application these days. Thankfully.

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby ACF » Wed May 14, 2008 1:59 am UTC

Math - 800
Reading - 750
Writing - 640

So 1550/1600 or 2190/2400. In the writing part, I remember I got a 6/12 on my essay, and wondering what was up with that. Oh well.

I also took SAT IIs and got:
Math II - 800
Chem - 770

I was rewarding by being the only Ivy-Leaguer from my senior class :D and am now getting toward the end of my first year at Dartmouth.

(I tried rewording this a couple of times to sound less bragging-y, but it wasn't working. 8) )

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby lazarus89 » Wed May 14, 2008 8:05 pm UTC

I don't remember the breakdowns, but back in 2000, I got a 1600...

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Re: SAT Scores

Postby liesofdesire » Sat May 31, 2008 12:29 am UTC

I got 620 math, 660 verbal 720 writing (4 on the essay) when I took it for Johns Hopkins in seventh grade.
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