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My son, a rising junior, scored 1240 on his sophomore PSAT (550M/690V). He is prepping this summer with Kaplan for the SAT with a goal of 1400+. Today was his first diagnostic and he scored 1170 (530M/640V). The cynic in me says Kaplan makes the first few tests harder in order to show bigger improvements and to scare students into doing the work etc. My all-trusting side says the diagnostic scores are an accurate indicator of where he is and we should consider recalibrating our score goals and preliminary college list. I would have expected verbal to remain roughly the same as the PSAT, if not a little better, and some math improvement -- rather than regression -- after a 8 additional months in accelerated Algebra II. I'm curious what others who have experience with Kaplan would say regarding score accuracy. If you are going to post that we wasted our money and he should be self-prepping, please don't bother -- not helpful. This is how we chose to spend our money. He will self-prep with Khan, Meltzer and the CB practice tests once the Kaplan course is over.3 replies
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