The SAT score of the average American high school student will be going up 100 points - but not because anyone has been studying more, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Beginning in April 1995, the College Board will be re-calibrating its scoring of the Scholastic Assessment Test, which will give higher scores for the same performance, the Times said.The top score will still be 800 and the low 200. But a student who this year scored, for example, 430 on the verbal section would earn a 510 by answering the same number of questions correctly next year.
This year's 730 would become a perfect 800.
Bradley J. Quin, a senior project director of the College Board, acknowledged the change would give rise to the question "Aren't you just making kids feel better by giving them higher scores?"
"The answer is absolutely, positively not," Quin told the Times. "The performance that generates a 424 today will now generate a 500. The kid is no brighter, doesn't have any more bright answers, it's just the label is higher. Everyone will know."