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sat curve?

josh2633josh2633 Registered User Posts: 119 Junior Member
is the sat 1 test curved based on the students you are taking the test with currently( ex: if you take the march test, is it curved off of others who took the march test) or is it curved based of previous tests?

I've always thought that it was based off of people you are currently taking it with but i am now hearing that it is based off of previous tests like the proxy sections?
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Replies to: sat curve?

  • FutureAFutureA Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I'm pretty sure it's based off the people who take the test on the same day. It doesn't make sense to formulate a curve for one test based on the results for a different, previous test...
  • brm114341brm114341 Registered User Posts: 192 Junior Member
    I've always wondered... does WHEN you take the test give some advantage or disadvantage with the curve? I tested in June and got a surprise good score. Most of the top students I know took the test in March, April, or May, wanting to get it over with in case they wanted to take it again. If less potential top scorers took the test in June, would that affect anything? Just wondering...
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,674 Senior Member
    The curves are preset based on the questions not the students actually taking the real test together. When the questions are tougher, the curve is more generous. You are not competing with the students taking the same test on the same day, you are competing with all students taking different tests on different days. So it does not matter which day you take the test and who else are taking the test with you.
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,014 Senior Member
    The curve is pre-set. Without a doubt. Best evidence is that recycled tests (old unreleased US tests given later in other countries) always retain the original curves. It has nothing to do with who else takes the test the same day you take it.
  • pripatel96pripatel96 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    i am fairly certain it is based on the people taking the test that day
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,014 Senior Member
    pripatel96 is unequivocally wrong.
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