Percentile ranks of 1960, '66-'68 SAT subscores
The following data was sent to me by Patrick T. Wahl:
"I finally dug out my standardized test scores from the sixties. The official data in my 1969
booklet is given only by quintiles, not particularly helpful. However, the 1968 booklet
(which reports my scores for the May 1969 S.A.T. exam) gives quite a wealth of data.
There are charts for both juniors and seniors. I will omit the juniors, and send herewith the
three charts for seniors. Note that the data is separated by gender. References to "boys and
girls" rather than "men and women" are typical dialect for the time of this booklet. It is
interesting to observe the verbal versus math results for the two gender groups.
On two later reports, male and female groups showed almost identical verbal scores, while
in the 1960 report, women won a clear verbal advantage over men.
On all three reports, math scores showed about a 50-point advantage to men, over a broad
range of abilities. This may make the reader suspect an error, but I promise to send only
proofread data, as printed in the source.
Any consequences of these disparate results towards the Mega Test norming are left to be
pondered. But it is worth pondering."
Source: "Your College Board Scores: Scholastic Aptitude Test, Achievement Tests" published by College
Entrance Examination Board, (c) 1968.
Table 4 (from page 6):
Percentile ranks: SAT, representative national sample of all seniors. (Based on a special test administration
in the Fall of 1966 to 17,000 high school seniors.)
Table 5 (from page 8):
Percentile ranks: SAT, seniors who later enter college (Based on the scores of 3,537 high school seniors
who were tested in a special administration in 1960 and who later entered college.) [Note: 1960 is correct,
so these data are not directly comparable to the other tables. -- PTW]
Table 6 (from page 9):
Percentile ranks: SAT, all seniors tested in the College Board Admissions Testing Program (Based on all
students who took the test as seniors during the period May 1967 through March 1968.)
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