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Don't have time to read that article now, but...
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:04pm
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I read the chart and am surprised a bit by how *low* the average number of points gained when retested fairly soon after first tested is, and I suspect it is lower for someone with an IQ of say 100 (being that they are probably both less curious to learn things they didn't know on the first test *and* are not as likely to have as strong a memory) than 200, and lower for someone with an IQ of 75 than 100. Granted, for some people, the difference can mean getting into a gifted program or not, but for most people who qualify for at least PG programs, it doesn't seem to me like it would make much of a difference for their to be retesting (before seeing that chart, I figured it would).

http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:sF8uFRReas4J:www.fairtest.org/examarts/August%25202006/Expected_SAT_Dip.html+average+scores+for+repeat+testing+on+SAT&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=us

That article notes that taking the SAT for a second time typically increases scores by about 30 points total (for math and verbal combined, not in each section). Again, a 30 point increase is not going to make much of a difference when it comes to what college a students goes to. And I would suspect that a majority of the second timers took some sort of prep, especially given that over 1/4 of all SAT test takers in 2007 came from families with 6-figure incomes:

http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:wZ9HQvcvPxcJ:www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/08/29/sat+average+scores+for+first+time+SAT+%24100,000&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

(Which isn't to say all families with 6-figure incomes get test prep services for their kids - our son never had any SAT prep courses and we fit into the 6-figure income before our son took the SAT - but that I suspect many who take the test twice and have family incomes that high do have kids who have had test prep classes)

  • I would be interested in that info. Hard to say what would be better, maybe a WJ achievement test. It would have to be a test that the public would not be able to get their hands on. There is... more
    • Don't have time to read that article now, but... — GG, Thu Sep 13 11:04pm
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