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October SAT 2009

godsGiftgodsGift Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
Hi,

I'm going to be takin the Oct SAT. Some ppl told me that the Oct Sat is really hard compared to the other months. Can someone tell me if this is true or not? And what is the best way to get a 2200+ on the SAT?
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  • ThispakistanigirThispakistanigir Posts: 1,033Registered User Senior Member
    wow, that scares me. I had no idea there would be different difficulties based on months but I highly doubt it. The level of difficulty is supposed to be same on every SAT regardless of Month. Right now, I'm doing a lot of prep out the Collegeboard Blue Book and Gruber's Math. Do a lot of old SAT practice tests because that really helps you out. Carefully read and comprehend the explanations so you don't make the same mistake once it comes to the test. Hope that helps:)
  • apple1984apple1984 Posts: 338Registered User Member
    To be frank, there is some evidence for this theory. I've heard that the curve for the October/November SAT is slightly less generous because seniors who are retaking the test will make the average score increase, thus making the testing population more competitive compared to that of the early spring months when juniors are taking the test for the first time and performing relatively poorly compared to the more experienced seniors in the fall.
  • Unholy SigmaUnholy Sigma Posts: 293Registered User Junior Member
    Two things go into achieving 2200+ scores.

    1- Be naturally intelligent. No one I know (myself included) got to the range you look for without being a naturally intelligent individual.

    2- Practice. In addition to being intelligent, you need to understand the way in which questions are asked and the concepts included on the various sections. Intelligence will only get you so far. It's very rare for someone who scored 2300+ to have gotten there solely through being a genius. Of course it's not impossible, but for us mortals, practice is our best friend. I suggest Grubers for math, the Wall Street Journal and other scholarly publications for CR, and the Blue Book put out by the College Board for practice tests.


    As for test difficulty differences, I don't really buy it. Just focus on getting the best score possible and you'll do fine.

    Good Luck!
  • manu101manu101 Posts: 592Registered User Member
    Oh no, please don't scare me like that! I hope that it's not true :( I'm prepping with the BB and Princeton. Will start with other books shortly. I guess practice is the key!
  • GaoezGaoez Posts: 423Registered User Member
    Ok so if this thoery is correct, which month would be easier, October or November? I am also retaking.

    Of course, I have heard of the opposite theory as well, where not-so-intelligent procrastinators take the SAT Reasoning really late and do not really care what score they get.
  • dareallycoolguy0dareallycoolguy0 Posts: 369Registered User Member
    I've always thought that curves were predetermined, based on the difficulty as Collegeboard sees it.
  • apple1984apple1984 Posts: 338Registered User Member
    Update: I did some research in response to a PM I received about this thread, and according to this analysis (SAT Facts and FAQs), there is no significant difference between October and other months (which is what you'd expect from a standardized test).
  • pb50pb50 Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    does the same concept apply for the ACT? is it harder in the fall for seniors?
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