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What is the difference between the two SAT score percentiles?

I just got my test score back and I came across two different percentiles on the score report - Nationally Representative Sample Percentile and SAT User Percentile National. It seems to me that the SAT User Percentile is only for students that are going to college? If so, how does CollegeBoard know...
16 Apr '18, 09:41 alisondaewon11
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How important is the SAT registration information?

I am older than the usual SAT applicant, but I'm applying to a school that requires the SAT and SAT Subjects. When trying to register there was like 9 pages of questions about what classes I took in HS. Do I have to actually fill all this out? Are the colleges going to know I skipped it? I feel like...
13 Apr '18, 02:30 Playgame123(suspended)
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How much time, on average, is allotted to each SAT question type?

I know there are two Math Multiple Choice sections, 20 questions in 25 minutes and 16 questions in 20 minutes. Therefore, the average time allotted to each Math Multiple Choice question is 1.25 minutes. Furthermore, the average time allotted to one Grid In question must be 1.5 minutes. What about th...
13 Apr '18, 02:28 Playgame123(suspended)
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Is the SAT an indicator of general intelligence?

I've read in one study that the correlation between SAT scores and IQ is 0.86 (0.72 recentered), so I'm wondering how much of the SAT score is innate talent and how much is accumulated knowledge, as in will my IQ bottleneck/limit the score I can get? Or, say someone's been studying since he was in ...
16 Nov '16, 11:58 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Should I retake the SAT or the ACT?

I've taken both the SAT and ACT, each with pretty average results. I took the SAT in March and scored 1090 (570 English & 520 Math). On the June ACT I scored a 23 composite (23E, 23M, 24R, & 23S). I believe my weak points on the SAT were that I lacked the general rules and knowledge needed t...
08 Jul '16, 14:20 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should you have spare time on the SAT?

Hey there, I'm a rising senior who's taken the SAT twice. First score was 1690/2400, second was 1280/1600. My parents were reluctant to pay for a second time without any preparation on my part, but I convinced them that the new SAT would be better for me based on the PSAT I took in the fall (1200/16...
23 Jun '16, 12:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I take the SAT during gap year abroad?

Hello! I am taking a gap year and will be going abroad for a whole school year (9 months). The problem is I was planning to take the SAT over the summer but lo and behold they don't offer tests over the summer! How can I schedule myself to take the SAT in a foreign country? Is it possible?
22 Jun '16, 09:37 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How old is too old for the SAT/ACT?

Is 28 too old for the tests? I'm 28 and looking to go to college for real this time (looking to pursue my dreams and whatnot). I took the ACT at 18, and didn't take it seriously because I was "too cool for school" and I now regret it and want to go back and restart my last 10 years of messing around...
21 Jun '16, 14:06 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Where can I find good evidence for the SAT essay?

Can anyone recommend some book plots or events in history that can be used for a variety of SAT essay prompts? My last SAT I scored a 10/12 which I'm happy with, but I'm pretty sure that was largely due to the fact that I had perfect examples for the prompt. My writing is there but I just find it so...
21 Jun '16, 13:25 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Will the October SAT results be available for early decision?

It seems like the new SAT scores take longer to release than the old SAT. It took almost 6 weeks for the May 7th SAT! If it takes just as long for the October SAT then the scores won't come out until the middle of November. Will I still be able to apply to early decision, November 1st for many schoo...
21 Jun '16, 13:00 Chris_PrepSc...76
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New SAT vs ACT: More Time Pressure?

Various websites point out that the SAT gives more time per question, thus students may feel less rushed on it than on the ACT. But a presentation given at my kid's high school last week by the head of guidance and a Kaplan rep said that SAT questions are longer than ACT questions (i.e., reading pas...
14 Jun '16, 10:27 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Should I file a complaint if my proctor made a timing mistake?

I was taking the general SAT today, the one with all 4 sections and the essay. The proctor for my test made an error with the time, which actually messed me up a bit. She was recording the time off of her personal watch or cell phone, but the clock in our room that I used to check the time during th...
08 Jun '16, 18:14 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Should I submit SAT scores if my ACT is better?

I got a 31 on my ACT and will take it again to hopefully get at least a 32. I got a 1410 on my SAT and that seems to be at the level of a 30 on the ACT. Do colleges want to see both tests? Or should I only send in my ACT since it has better scores?
03 Jun '16, 14:05 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Standardized Test Tips for Older International Student?

I'm considered intelligent and a quick study by most of my peers, but I am concerned how I will do in a standardized testing environment since I'm so rusty. I'm not looking for study tips and tricks so much as I'm wondering about how much time I should give myself to prepare. Alternatively, are ther...
01 Jun '16, 11:33 Laura_PrepSc...536
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Does spelling matter on the SAT Essay?

I have been practicing SAT essay timing, and noticed that my spelling is really bad when I go back to review. How much can misspelling words lower my essay score? Should I try to use simple words that I know I can spell correctly?
28 May '16, 15:29 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is there any harm in sending my SAT scores to National Merit?

I recently took the in-school SAT and realized that I have some free score reports. I wasn't planning on doing anything with this new SAT score (because I did fine on my ACT). I was wondering if I could send my past score (2020 from November) + the SAT I just took to the National Merit people in ca...
16 Apr '16, 08:53 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do I need to take the SAT in order to be a National Merit Finalist?

I probably did well enough on the PSAT to qualify. I live in an ACT state so that is the test I have prepped and taken. Do I need to take the SAT or will my ACT score suffice?
15 Apr '16, 18:58 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Why are there no SATs in July or August?

I want to take the SAT over the summer, but the latest one is in June. I feel like I would not have enough time to prepare myself since I will have a few AP and IB exams in May. Why doesn't the College Board administer SAT's over the summer?
14 Apr '16, 12:51 Laura_PrepSc...536
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2310 on the SAT, should I also take the ACT?

I currently have a 2310 SAT composite from the December 2014 test and have been considering retaking it again for a higher (hopefully perfect) score to make up for my lower grade point average. Would having both the SAT with subject Tests and ACT enhance my application? Also, would a 36 on the ACT b...
11 Apr '16, 14:22 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How can a military veteran prepare for the June SAT?

I never took the SAT in high school because my bad grades and lack of direction had me on the fast track to the Marine Corps. Now I'm back from my second deployment and trying to use my GI Bill benefits to attend University of Washington. Do you know what a competitive score would be for UW and do ...
01 Apr '16, 14:43 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Wrong high school on SAT Admission Ticket - still able to take the test?

I accidentally said I went to a high school with the same name as mine a few cities over. Does this mean I can't take the test? Will my scores still be valid?
29 Mar '16, 16:10 Laura_PrepSc...536
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How important are the old SAT writing and essay?

I got back my January makeup SAT which I took Feb 27. This is the second SAT I have taken and I got these scores: Math: 800 Reading: 800 Writing: 680 Essay: 8 This test was better in every score compared to my first test (except the essay which was a 9) and I was ecstatic in seeing them. After doi...
21 Mar '16, 17:58 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I use my old SAT essay scores if I take the new SAT?

I took the old SAT with essay and scored a 10 both times. I'm happy with these 10's and don't want to relearn the new SAT essay style. Can I take the new SAT without the essay and report my old SAT essay scores with it?
21 Mar '16, 16:34 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Can I use old SAT books to study for the new SAT?

I'm preparing to study for the new SAT during my spring break, and I have a couple of old SAT review books (Kaplan 2015-2016 and College Board 2nd edition). I was wondering whether I can use them to study for the new SAT or do I need to go buy a whole new set of books?
18 Mar '16, 15:09 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What happens to my essay score if I don't finish in time?

I got through the intro, and about 1 3/4 body paragraphs of my essay (I was planning on having 2 body paragraphs and a conclusion). I've never been a very fast writer, but I've always been a good one. I definitely believe that the quality was good, but what can I expect if the quantity just wasn't t...
16 Mar '16, 16:02 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Do colleges ignore SAT Math scores if Math II is higher?

I recently received my SAT scores (the 2400-scale SAT, not the new 1600 point one) and was both disappointed and relieved. I achieved a high score in reading, a somewhat decent score in writing, and a relatively poor score in math. While practicing for the SATs, I neglected the math sections, thinki...
16 Mar '16, 15:39 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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How can I avoid careless mistakes?

I keep taking practice tests and I am constantly overthinking every single problem on the Math without Calculator... even the easiest problems. I find myself getting around 700 on math when I easily can get 750+ if I don't make careless errors. For Example... One of the questions asked to solve 25=...
11 Mar '16, 10:07 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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Is it bad to listen to music while taking practice tests?

Is it okay to listen to music while doing prep and taking practice tests? I literally cannot sit and work on it in silence without losing focus.
08 Mar '16, 10:13 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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What are some must know grammar rules for the NEW SAT?

Hi guys, I've been looking all over the web for a list of must-know grammar rules for the NEW SAT. Unfortunately most of the ones I found were catered towards the old SAT. If anyone can provide some links or book references, it would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
08 Mar '16, 10:01 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k
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My school isnt offering the essay. What should I do?

I plan on applying to a variety of competitive schools, and from what I have heard, although the essay may be optional, it should be taken to prove that you are a competitive student. My school has said they won't be offering the SAT with Essay due to time constraints. Should I opt out of the school...
07 Mar '16, 21:33 Sam_PrepScholar1.4k

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