Will August’s SAT Curve be Generous Due to Covid?

Matt Larriva
Aug 12, 2020
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Will the curve for August’s trail (SAT) will be generous?

The idea of an “SAT” curve is a misconception. In our article comparing the ACT vs SAT, there are two sections that delve deeper into this somewhat complex topic.

SAT Curve In A Nutshell

The number of questions you can miss (and still get an 800) is determined by the performance of the other testers and the difficulty of the test.

We can’t know what the difficulty of August’s SAT test will be, but it shouldn’t be much different from the others.

The performance of the other testers might be a little more competitive than usual because many people who intended to test earlier in the year had their test dates canceled because of COVID. Those testers will have been ready months ago and will have had a lot more time to prep than they were expecting.

Learn More About SAT Curves & Grading Scales

If you are interested in learning more about the SAT’s curve, be sure to read these two sections:

You’ll find them in them in our ACT vs SAT article. While you’re there, be sure to check out our infographic to make sure that SAT is actually the best test to be taking.

What Does That Mean For The August SAT Test?

In my view, this will probably lead to a slightly more competitive testing cohort, meaning the number of questions you can miss and still get an 800 in each section will probably be 0–2.