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The Recentering of SAT Scales and Its Effects on Score Distributions and Score Interpretations SAT

Dorans, Neil J.
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RR-02-04, CBR-02-11
ETS Research Report
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College Board, Score Interpretations, Score Distribution, Recentering, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)


These discrete scores were obtained for all students in the "1990 Reference Group" using 35 different editions of the SAT taken between October 1988 and June 1990. The performance of this "1990 Reference Group"on the original and recentered scales is described. The effects of recentering on scores of individuals and the "1990 Reference Group" are also examined. Finally, recentering did not occur solely on the basis of its technical merit. Issues associated with converting recentering from a possibility into a reality are discussed.

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