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Wed Mar 13, 2019, 04:45 PM

A question about older SAT scores

With all the hubbub about the college admissions scandal I've seen mention of SAT scores again. Now they are in numbers, like 600-800 or so. When I took the SATs back in 1966 we did not receive a numeric score for the math and verbal sections, but a "percentile", which was supposed to be how we did on the tests compared to everyone else taking the test that year. I had a 99th percentile in the math portion and a 94th percentile in the verbal portion. (Not surprising as I attended a NYS High School of Science and Mathematics and was groomed for Engineering.)

So I'm curious, does anyone here, old academics from the time, maybe, know what kind of scores such percentiles would be equivalent to today's' scores? It doesn't really matter now, having had a successful military engineering career, but I'm just curious if there is some standard comparison. Anyone?

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 04:53 PM

1. They have always given out scores.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 05:08 PM

2. I graduated from high school in 1967

and distinctly remember having an SAT score of 1350. I was told that wasn't bad for a ghetto school.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 06:07 PM

3. Thought they always had a score, I was given one

 

With those percentiles probably around a total score of 1500 to 1550 though.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 07:47 PM

4. They used to give periodic standardized achievement tests which were scored in percentiles.

AFAIK these were given every year or two in the 50.

However, both SAT and ACT were numeric scores.

I don't think that scores can be compared between decades. The tests get modified. The scoring gets modified.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Wed Mar 13, 2019, 09:36 PM

5. Interesting, I really don't remember seeing a numeric score

But I guess I have to admit that I wasn't all that concerned about my SAT scores as by the time we took the tests midway through our senior year I had already been recruited and accepted into the engineering school of my choice under their Early Decision Program. (My Student Number on my ID card for my class was 001.) So my SAT scores were sort of moot, I already knew where I was going to college.

Oh well, I was just curious.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 07:52 AM

6. We had score numbers in the mid 80's

There might have been percentages on the results too, but I am 100 percent sure there were scores.

What was unusual was that they went to a scale up to 2400 for a while, with three parts to the testing. Now it seems to be back at 1600. 800 for math, 800 for language skills. I was close to a perfect score on math, but only did "okay enough" on language, which still holds true for me today.

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