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# In a 1976 SAT I scored 560V/580M. Anybody have an idea what my percentiles were?

Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited June 2009
Back in 1976 the scores that I received were 560 verbal and 580 math on the SAT.

Could anyone possibly tell me what percentile I was in or maybe point me to where I might get more info on this? I've searched on the web for an hour or two and haven't come up with very much.

Thanks ...
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## Replies to: In a 1976 SAT I scored 560V/580M. Anybody have an idea what my percentiles were?

• Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
You could try these SAT equivalence tables. Keep in mind that these tables are rough estimates, not exact equivalences.

The above tables give you, on the modern scale, 630 verbal and 590 math.
• Registered User Posts: 890 Member
^ why would there be a difference? aren't both versions based on curves?
• Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
The tests were different from what they are today. Similar, but still different.
• Registered User Posts: 771 Member
When more and more people began taking the SAT exam the mean score significantly dropped. The SAT I exam is designed to have a mean score of 500 with a standard deviation of 100. Long ago, only wealthier college-bound students would take the SAT, but as college and the SAT has become more and more popular, nearly all high-school students are required to take the exam. When more people began taking the exam, the mean score began to drop to the low 400s and College Board had to "re-center" the test results. Thus, scores today are generally (roughly, not exactly) 100 points higher than they would have been back then. Plus, like fignewton said, the format of the exams have changed multiple times over the years.

I can't be sure on that but I remember reading something similar to that somewhere and I believe one of my teachers who used to work for CB told me that.

But I have no idea what the OP's percentiles are, sorry.
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
Well, use the conversion table then look up the current percentiles.

630 V on the modern scale is 85th percentile. 590 M on today's scale is 72nd percentile.
• Registered User Posts: 5,940 Senior Member
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
No, they're not, guitarman89, because in 1976, the means were much lower than 500. More like 430 for V and 470 M.
• Registered User Posts: 771 Member
Wait, with the way the SAT is designed you can use z-score to estimate what your percentile was (580-500/100, 560-500/100). Using the z-score method and percentile conversion chart I'd estimate your percentile was 79th on math and 73rd on verbal.

So yeah I think the percentiles are actually the same as they would be today.
• Registered User Posts: 778 Member
how did you get a 1976 sat test?
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
When he took it back in 1976? :P
• Registered User Posts: 771 Member
Arachnotron no the mean scores were not 430 V and 470 M. The mean SAT score for a section is always very, very close to 500. That's just the way the test is designed and scored. For proof visit this page and you'll see that the mean score for Verbal in 1976 was 509 while for math it was 497.

SAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• Registered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
Those are recentered means, though.
• Registered User Posts: 3,225 Senior Member
A 590 on verbal was 94%ile of all test takers in 1975, and 89%ile of college-bound test takers, and a 480 on math was 43%ile of college-bound test takers; don't remember exactly what the %ile was for all test takers, but it was something more respectable than 43%ile, for sure. In the 70s-%ile, IIRC.

I would imagine that one year later, similar scores would be about the same %ile.
• Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
I actually have the October 1974 percentiles (all students) from a yellowed CB bulletin that my Dad (a high school administrator) happened to keep, here they are:

score verb math

800 99+ 99+
750 99+ 99+
700 99+ 99
650 99 98
600 97 94
550 93 88
500 86 80
450 76 69
400 64 56
350 49 41
300 33 23
250 17 5

The average verbal score was 368 (!) and average math was 402.

Perhaps a better comparison is the 1981 cohort of college bound seniors (in another slightly less yellow bulletin):

score verb math

800 99+ 99+
750 99+ 99
700 99 97
650 97 93
600 93 86
550 86 74
500 74 59
450 59 44
400 42 30
350 25 17
300 13 7
250 5 1

The average verbal score was 424 and average math was 466.
• Registered User Posts: 17,471
I actually have the October 1974 percentiles (all students) from a yellowed CB bulletin that my Dad (a high school administrator) happened to keep, here they are:

Thanks. That's when I took the test.
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