As many of you already know, both the next SAT/ACT are scheduled for June of this year unless there are any other delays.
Most of the students who have had their testing dates cancelled have been rescheduled for the June dates, which means that these test dates are going to be packed. This also means that students have a great chance at getting a competitive score.
Here’s why: standardized tests scores are largely based on a normal curve where the middle 50% of students score mid tier score about a 500 on the SAT and a 21 on the ACT. Traditionally, when more people take the test the curve has a much greater spread thus being favorable to most students.
When fewer people take the test, the curve has a tendency to be very narrow and steep, which can be very punishing towards students who make silly mistakes. I covered this in a previous blog where the June 2018 SAT math curve was so punishing that a 640 on the June 2018 SAT was about a 700 on any other SAT.
The large difference in score is most likely due to the fact that a relatively small number of people took the test, and there was a disproportionate number of people who had a high raw score thereby affecting the curve negatively. With a larger number of people taking the test, it is virtually a guarantee that the curve will be more balanced.
So take this time to study up for the June test dates. Be safe, and if anyone needs remote tutoring services during this quarantine period check us out.