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I scored in the 80th percentile nationally on the SSAT. Does this mean I'm smart?

futuresuccessfuturesuccess Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
I know this question is irrelevent to the main topic of this forum. Please answer anyway. I'm not a really hard working or mothivated student but I still did well on the SSAT. I scored in the 80th percentile nationally. Does this indicate above average intelligence? Do I have a good head on my shouders?
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Replies to: I scored in the 80th percentile nationally on the SSAT. Does this mean I'm smart?

  • noimaginationnoimagination Registered User Posts: 7,054 Senior Member
    If you have to ask...
  • zapakovexzapakovex Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    Dude, you're in a place where anything lower than the 95th percentile is considered embarrassing. CC is hardly the place to brag about being in the 80th percentile.

    You're above average, but 50% of the people who take the test are also above average, so...
  • yosupyosup Registered User Posts: 1,851 Senior Member
    Lol, I'm in the 98th percentile, and I consider myself below average on this site.
  • seattle_momseattle_mom Registered User Posts: 1,032 Senior Member
    1) the SSATs are not taken by all students, only by those trying to get into private schools. So, you are in the top 80% of a self-selected group of higher-achieving students. You should feel good about that.

    2) It is not a test grade that makes you "smart." Try not to look at numbers and strangers' opinions to see your own value. I know it's hard on CC -- and hard during the college application process when craving feedback -- but just relax and do your best.
  • silverturtlesilverturtle Registered User Posts: 12,496 Senior Member
    Many students (inherently, not many) score above the 99th percentile without preparation and don't consider themselves particularly intelligent.
  • An0malyAn0maly Super Moderator Posts: 2,792 Senior Member
    It depends on the exam as well, but a test score does not make you "smart" or "dumb." It is just a number that reflects knowledge in a subject - don't make it more than what it is.
  • Pulverizer353Pulverizer353 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    you're not dumb but you're nothing special
  • cjgonecjgone - Posts: 1,520 Senior Member
    SAT != IQ

    Sorry, get over it.
  • greenlanterngreenlantern Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    You're smart. Just remember that hard work > smart.
  • sgdudesgdude Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    @ silverturtle: If I scored well above the 99th percentile with out studying, I would consider myself pretty smart...but I didn't even crack 90th percentile (didn't study either), but I am ok with it, I think I am in like 88th or something like that. (~1900).
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