Standard college/grad school test scores and how they change over time (GRE, high school)

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Ok, what's the deal here? For those of you who have taken the SAT, you know how you did (I'm only talking math and verbal, out of 1600). Then come along graduate school scores via the GRE or GMAT.

I pulled a respectable SAT score. I wasn't aiming that high in terms of schools. I didn't take a prep course. I only did one of those big test prep books ONCE. I then took the GRE a few years after college. My scores shot up. Again, I didn't take a prep course and did one of those big test prep books TWICE. The math score scared me. I didn't have an extensive background in it, yet the score was almost geeky.

What typically happens between SAT and GMAT/GRE/LSAT scores? Do they trend evenly for most people? Do they go up...or down? I've always been curious if there are any prognosticating indicators.

Your prep course was college.
You were probably under prepared for the SAT. It seems most people do roughly the same percentile wise on the SAT and GMAT/GRE/LSAT. I had exactly identical scores on the SAT and GRE (by section!) even though I took them 15 years apart. Iowa City is a town know for its high college admissions test scores; after all, half the town works for ACT, Pearson, or the University of Iowa. Children there know how to take a standardized test and know it well; and the people I know from there almost universally had the same performance on the ACT/SAT as on the college admissions tests. The exception was the MCAT (probably because it is much more content based). Of course, their MCAT written scores were pretty much identical to the college admission test scores on corresponding sections.

i took the SAT and the lsat. i didnt prepare for the lsat and i prepared a little bit for the SAT. i think my lsat score was about what i would expect given my SAT. the lsat was in a slightly lower percentile but that makes sense considering the different groups that take the two tests.

The General GRE math is exceptionally easy for anyone that took higher math in college. I believe that everyone in my 400 level math courses got perfect scores on the mathematical section. I remember taking the GRE math (back in 2001 or so) and finding it pretty much the same difficulty as the SAT, although I had so much more experience with math and programming that it was not the least bit challenging. For science/math types, the writing score was typically a few hundred points lower than the math, and I do not know anyone that got an 800 on the writing.

On the other hand, only about 40% of my differential equations class in high school got 800 on the math part of the SAT, and that was a pretty sharp group.

Math GRE took a significant jump in difficulty with the addition of adaptive testing. Since you must answer questions in order and cannot recheck your answers, the time constraints are a lot more difficult to deal with than with the written version.

I took a math SAT prep course in high school and one of those Kaplan GRE prep courses in college. I was mostly worried about the math because it has never been my strong suit. I didn't feel the Kaplan class taught me anything, but it did make me more comfortable with the test. I didn't do quite as well on the GRE as I did on the SAT numbers-wise but my scores were very close (over 1200 for both). It's funny because I've heard the math on the SAT is actually harder than on the GRE, I think they tend to psych you out a lot when you're preparing for those exams and it's a stressful time on top of that. It's typical for people to score high on the GRE math and low on the verbal, but that's just the way the test is made.

It's funny because I've heard the math on the SAT is actually harder than on the GRE, I think they tend to psych you out a lot when you're preparing for those exams and it's a stressful time on top of that. It's typical for people to score high on the GRE math and low on the verbal, but that's just the way the test is made.

A couple of slightly over 600s on the SAT, with verbal actually being higher.

On the GRE, 740 math and 660 verbal. WTF? Especially with the math score. I thought they stuffed the envelope with the wrong score results.

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