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What is a 'good' and 'bad' score in your opinion?

Resistance1Resistance1 Posts: 55Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2012 in SAT Preparation
This is how I feel:

1500-1600 a bad score.
1600-1700 is an average score (technically it's above average, but for college bound students it should be average).
1700-1800 is decent.
1800-1900 is above average.
1900-2000 is good.
2000-2100 is great.
2100-2200 is awesome.
2200-2300 is amazing.
2300-2400 is incredible.
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Replies to: What is a 'good' and 'bad' score in your opinion?

  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    One could think about "good" or "bad" scores in terms of how many standard deviations above or below the mean score (~1500) but I wouldn't worry about it too much.
  • SerenityJadeSerenityJade Posts: 1,226Registered User Senior Member
    1450-1550 = Average
    1560-1750 = Above Average
    1760-1950 = Really Good
    1960-2050 = Great
    2060-2250 = Awesome
    2250-2400 = Do you have a life?
  • ReckieReckie Posts: 346Registered User Member
    Too many factors that exceed actual score to determine "good" and "bad." An 1800 could be absolutely amazing for a person that barely speaks english, their parents didn't go to college, they are on the lower end of socio-economic status', while to a person who's parents are doctors/lawyer(stereotypes) who's parents went to college, can afford tutors/review books, etc. an 1800 would be "bad." What if a kid has to work 7 days a week just to survive? They're not really worrying about SAT scores...

    Anyway.. IN MY EYES.

    >1500 a bad score.
    1500-1700 is okay
    1700-1800 is decent.
    1800-1900 is good
    1900-2000 is great
    2000-2100 is amazing
    2100-2200 is holy &#*@
    2200-2300 is you're a genius
    2300-2400 is get a life.

    If it matters, I'm at a 1920-- looking at a 2000-2100 from my last sitting.
  • Kieran0696Kieran0696 Posts: 604Registered User Member
    600-2400 is holy &#*@ you're a genius!
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    Here's my take on it:

    600 - trololol, you literally have to try to get a 600. The probability of answering every question incorrectly is quite low.
    610-1490 - meh
    1500-1800 - alright
    1810-2100 - good
    2110-2300 - very good
    2300-2390 - excellent
    2400 - freak
  • SerenityJadeSerenityJade Posts: 1,226Registered User Senior Member
    "600 - trololol, you literally have to try to get a 600. The probability of answering every question incorrectly is quite low."

    I want access to CollegeBoard for an experiment as to the likelihood of scoring a 600 while answering every single question..

    Also, all you would have to do is answer one wrong then skip every question to get a 600...
  • Kieran0696Kieran0696 Posts: 604Registered User Member
    http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/highered/ra/sat/composite_CR_M_W_percentile_ranks.pdf

    And no, you have to get a negative raw score for 200s. (like -5 or something)
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    The probability of randomly guessing incorrectly on every problem is easy to find. (4/5)^n, where n is the number of MC questions.

    Not sure what raw score gets you a 200 per section, but I've heard it's in the -2 to -4 range (8 to 16 incorrect, everything else blank). Could be wrong...
  • SerenityJadeSerenityJade Posts: 1,226Registered User Senior Member
    @rspence, That's the likelihood of getting everything wrong. I was talking about the likelihood of scoring a 600. Which could be done with correct answers if you answer enough incorrectly to get a negative score.
  • CSGolfer15CSGolfer15 Posts: 6Registered User New Member
    I know a guy with a 900 two-part going to William and Mary. Proof that SATs are generally worthless.
  • LilBubLilBub Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Imho there are no impressive scores anymore. My perception of SAT scores have been largely skewed. I really look at it with respect to what college people apply to; therefore 1800 could be really good or really bad. Without any context, though, I'd say 2000 is okay and 2200 is above average.
  • OscarlanyOscarlany Posts: 391Registered User Member
    Below average for college:1600 and below
    Ok:1600-1700
    Good:1700-1800
    Nice!:1800-1900
    Very nice: 1900-2000
    Great: 2000-2100
    Awesome: 2100-2200
    Amazing:2200-2300
    Exceptionally outstandingly spectacular:2300-2380
    Wow that sucks! I'm sorry...:2390
    Please remember me when you cash that Nobel prize money cheque:2400
  • StudiousMaximusStudiousMaximus Posts: 3,043Registered User Senior Member
    @CSGolfer15: Yes! Your one, frankly unbelievable anecdote is *definite* proof that SAT scores are worthless.
  • rspencerspence Posts: 2,118Registered User Senior Member
    @SerenityJade, true, I think I've heard a raw score of -2 to -4 or so can get you a 200 on a section (could be wrong). If this is true, it's definitely possible to get that with a few correct answers. The probability of getting that raw score from only guessing is still somewhat low, since the expected score from guessing is zero (with fairly small standard deviation).
  • babyaztecbabyaztec Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    600-1490: Meh.
    1500-1690: Average.
    1700-1890: Good.
    1900-2090: Really good.
    2100-2290: Awesome.
    2300-2400: Amazing!
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