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Thursday, May 26, 2011


A Croton neighbor

SAT scores have changed since the 70s when Gore and Bush were taking them. There is serious grade inflation now. Back then a 1000 was considered in the 85% - 87% range. Now there's an extra part basing the score on 2400, not 1600. You really cannot compare oranges and apples.

Tom Faranda

You are certainly right, especially about grade inflation, including SATs.
So perhaps a comparison between Joe and the other two is skewed (But it sure
sounds good!).As far as the third part of the SAT, which is an
essay, most of the colleges only look at the traditional two parts of the SATs
. Theres not enough predictive data re: the essay and future college success,
to make it worthwhile. We were told this just this past year , as Joe went
through the college application process. In any event, I was only taking into
account his first two scores, not the essay results, when comparing him with
Bush and Gore.

In a message dated 5/26/2011 9:24:08 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,

Croton neighbor

Well, well done Joe, then. I think that many schools use the third part of the SAT to compare to the common app to make sure that the applicant and not someone else wrote their essays. In any event, it's interesting to see how far one can go with a C average on both counts!

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