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# Understanding Old SAT Percentiles

Hey guys! I was talking to my older sibling about their college application process and the SAT came up. They took the old SAT and mentioned their percentile, but I'm not sure how that compares to the new SAT percentiles. Can anyone explain the differences to me?

8 months ago

Hey there! I'd be happy to help you understand the differences between the old and new SAT percentiles.

First, let's clarify what percentiles mean. A percentile represents a student's relative performance compared to other students who took the test. For example, if you scored at the 80th percentile, that means you scored better than 80% of the test-takers but below the top 20%.

Now, the old SAT had three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, each with a maximum score of 800. The total possible score was 2400. On the other hand, the new SAT has two main sections: Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math, with each carrying a maximum score of 800. The total possible score for the new SAT is 1600.

One key difference between the old and new SAT percentiles pertains to the test content and design itself. The new SAT focuses more on evaluating skills that are applicable across various subjects and in college, while the old SAT focused on specific subjects.

When it comes to percentiles, because the two tests have different formats and scoring scales, the percentiles don't translate exactly. The new SAT percentiles are based on a different pool of test-takers and updated scoring curves, so you can't equate old and new SAT percentiles directly.

However, to get a rough idea of how an old SAT score might compare to a new SAT score, you can refer to concordance tables provided by the College Board. These tables allow you to convert raw scores from one test to the other and get a general sense of how the scores compare. Just remember that, although informative, these conversions aren't perfect and should be taken with a grain of salt.

I hope this explanation helps you understand the differences between the old and new SAT percentiles! Let me know if you have any more questions.

8 months ago