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SAT raw score vs. scaled score?

senior374senior374 1 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
I recently got my SAT score back, and since this is my second time taking it, I noticed some differences between the conversion of my math raw scores to scaled scores. On my first SAT, I got 12 questions incorrect and received a 660. This time, I only got 8 questions incorrect, 4 less than my last one, but received the same score of 660. I know the way it converts between each test is definitely different, but do you think 4 questions is enough of a difference to look into it?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38823 replies6853 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    do you think 4 questions is enough of a difference to look into it?
    To look into what? Different test= different scale. The CB has never said that every test has the exact same scale, and nobody should have any expectation otherwise.
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  • BCS2018BCS2018 14 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
  • RichInPittRichInPitt 794 replies10 threadsRegistered User Member
    Are you suggesting CB made an error converting a raw score to a scaled score? Really?

    Every test differs in terms of difficulty. Where you fit percentile-wise determines your score (roughly) through an equating process.

    If they had added 4 more impossible questions that everyone got wrong, you would have 12 question wrong, but would be in the exact same position relative to other test takers and would receive the exact same scaled score. Would that make your score any more correct?

    Tales of “harsh” or “hard” curves, suggesting that the exact same relative performance would yield a lower score, are just uninformed.
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