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Difference between March and May SAT? (difficulty)

ThispakistanigirThispakistanigir Posts: 1,033Registered User Senior Member
Is either one considered "easier?" I took the January one because everyone said that the curve was a little easier, but boy was that math curve BRUTAL!
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  • ThispakistanigirThispakistanigir Posts: 1,033Registered User Senior Member
    Bump 10char
  • 735375735375 Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    i don't think there's a clear pattern, but jan/mar SATs apparently trend easier, but harshly curved. may is prob harder w/ a more generous curve. i did well on CR and writing but math, geez, i got grilled. 90 point difference between writing and math! sucks. :/
  • shahdinshahdin Posts: 2,180- Senior Member
    Just register for both. That's what I'm doing. I know it's a bit too much money to pay for two tests. But I'm willing to make that sacrifice. Maybe you should do the same if you can afford it.
  • ThispakistanigirThispakistanigir Posts: 1,033Registered User Senior Member
    Money isn't an issue, but like I don't want to have to take it over and over again. I want colleges to see that I'm giving myself time for prep. Plus, I plan to take it again in Oct. because I know that by the time I'm a senior I'll be naturally better at the test than I am now, maybe a difference of 100-150 points. This year I want to get up to a 2100, next year a 2300. I want to take it 3 times total. I think I'll go for May, save SAT II's for June, and ACT for june, wow so many tests!
  • shahdinshahdin Posts: 2,180- Senior Member
    ^
    Colleges won't know how many times you've taken the test because of score choice. I've called collegeboard and they specifically said that college's won't know whether you used score choice or not.
  • ThispakistanigirThispakistanigir Posts: 1,033Registered User Senior Member
    Oh well then excellent, thank you.
  • fignewtonfignewton Posts: 1,412Registered User Senior Member
    There are definitely variations in the difficulty of the administered tests, but they are largely irrelevant: the scaling from raw score to scaled score eliminates the discrepancy. Easier test: tougher curve. Harder test: nicer curve. So, don't worry about the curve and take the test when your schedule is best for it.
  • candynobad373candynobad373 Posts: 200Registered User Junior Member
    @shaheiruddin correct they wont know if you did score choice butttttt most good colleges require you send them allll scores. and it says that when you are picking what colleges to send it to. (like it wont allow you to pick a certain score to send itll say all scores)
  • glidoglido Posts: 5,031Registered User Senior Member
    It doesn't matter when you take it, just make sure you are ready. Don't rush into it because youthink there will be an easier curve.
  • monstor344monstor344 Posts: 2,502Registered User Senior Member
    There is no discernible trend.
  • irishevan99irishevan99 Posts: 344Registered User Member
    I agree with most of the other people on this thread, all the tests are one the same difficulty because they are on the same curve. The only potential for a difference between the difficulty would be the level of the other people taking the test, which you have no control over.
  • fignewtonfignewton Posts: 1,412Registered User Senior Member
    ^No, the tests really are slightly different in difficulty, and the curves vary from one test to another. It has nothing to do with who is taking the test.
  • irishevan99irishevan99 Posts: 344Registered User Member
    I'm sorry I meant to say that the difference in difficulty is irrelevant because of the curve.
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