Adaptive Scoring - How It Works
The new digital SAT introduces an adaptive testing model while maintaining the same content and skills assessment as the traditional SAT. In this model, the difficulty of questions in the second module adapts based on the test-taker's performance in the first module, influencing scoring. Answering more difficult questions correctly leads to a higher score.
This means that if a student does not do well on the first module of a section, the difficulty of the second module will be reduced and it will be practically impossible for the student to achieve a high score, even if the student correctly answers every question in the second module.
Score Ranges and Scaling
The scoring range on the digital SAT remains comparable to the traditional SAT, with scores ranging from 400 to 1600. However, the Reading and Writing sections are now combined, and the Math section allows calculators throughout.
The scoring process involves converting raw scores (one point per correct answer, with no penalty for wrong answers) to scaled scores.
There is no universal scaling algorithm - every exam has it's own scaling based on each question's difficulty. Generally speaking, though, getting a difficult question wrong is penalized less than getting an easy question wrong.
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