Bitter Argument w/ my Ex-Friend

<p>Just kidding - the title was to draw attention to this thread...
LoL sorry</p>

<p>My friend and I were having an argument...</p>

<p>He said that the scales/curves used in the SAT are based off of how well or how poorly students perform.</p>

<p>I disagreed, saying that all the curves are determined beforehand...</p>

<p>Who's right and why?! Does any1 have SPECIFIC PROOF, like from the CollegeBoard website or other publication, that the curves and/or scales used on the SAT are determined beforehand, and NOT based on how students perform?! Thank you for your help</p>

<p>I am not quite sure about that, but what I do know is that if a lot of people get a fairly easy question wrong they will throw it out.</p>

<p>I think the curve is determined beforehand. But keep in mind that SAT questions are derived from questions from past tests (that's what the experimental section is for). And the curve is predetermined based on how well students from past administrations did on those experimental questions. This is merely empirical evidence though--I don't actually have any hard evidence here.</p>