Perfect Scores: SAT I Math vs. SAT II Math

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By Volleyball6 (Volleyball6) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 03:40 pm: Edit

It seems to me like there are a lot of perfect 800s on the SAT II Math IIC on this board, but not nearly as many perfect 800s for the math section of the SAT I. Why is this? I though the IIC was higher level math than on the SAT I. Is there a reason it seems harder to get a perfect score on the SAT I Math?

By Jens (Jens) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 03:47 pm: Edit

the curve on SAT I is much harsher

By Qwert271 (Qwert271) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 03:53 pm: Edit

The problems on the IIC are a teensy bit harder, but the curve is hella cushy. You can get like 7 wrong (out of 50 questions) and skill get 800, whereas a similar proportion of incorrect answers on the SAT 1 will land you a 650 or so.

By Haithman (Haithman) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:04 pm: Edit

TI-89. Need I say more...?

By Amitoman (Amitoman) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:05 pm: Edit

the iic tests straight knowledge of math, whereas in sat i, it tests reasoning.. which is why people get tricked more often

and the curve of course is nice on 2c

By Firebird12637 (Firebird12637) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:19 pm: Edit

in terms of how hard it is to get a perfect, 2c is easiest, then SAT I math, then 1c is the hardest

in terms of test content, the difficulty is pretty much the opposite (1c, SAT 1, then 2c)

By Welshie (Welshie) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:35 pm: Edit

Yeah. As previously mentioned, the SAT I definitely tries to "trick" you a lot more than the Math IIC (which tests basic math knowledge). As an example, I scored a 680 on the SAT I Math but an 800 on the SAT II Math IIC, due in large part to my ability in math (straight A's this year in Calc and Stats).


By Benzinspeicher (Benzinspeicher) on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 10:46 pm: Edit

Opposite case here:
800 SAT I math
700 SAT II IIC math
I'm good at basic math that requires thought process. I don't care too much for graphs and limits and all that knowledge crap. Thinking math is what I am all about.

By Smazn (Smazn) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 12:08 am: Edit

Same here:
800 SAT I math
740 IIC

By Gameguy56 (Gameguy56) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 12:13 am: Edit

I'm hoping the opposite

710 SAT I math


By Volleyball6 (Volleyball6) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 12:38 am: Edit

So what would a college look more favorably 800 SAT I math or 800 SAT II Math IIC??

By Kkay (Kkay) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 12:19 pm: Edit

Hm..I have to say for me they're similar

800 SAT I math
790 SAT math IIC

I think they'd look at Math IIC more if they want to see your mathematical skills. SAT1 math is sort of reasoning/logical thinking. BUT, note that the SAT1 math is important as it contributes significantly to the total SAT1 score.

By Gmf05 (Gmf05) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 08:59 pm: Edit

SAT I math is lots more trick questions and word/logic type problems. SAT II Math is pretty straightforward as they're only looking to test your pre-cal knowledge. That's probably why there are more perfect scores.

By Krbxtigerz (Krbxtigerz) on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 09:03 pm: Edit

780 SAT1 math
790 SAT2 IIC ( i really thought i got an yes 2C is hard but easy to get high a score

By Benzinspeicher (Benzinspeicher) on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 07:29 pm: Edit

To be honest, colleges probably look at SAT II more (if they require it). They like to see that you have grasped the concepts. That is not to say that they don't care for SAT I. But a high SAT I, with low SAT II shows that you're a bright person who doesn't apply the mind to the highest potential. Low SAT I, with high SAT II means while this person may not be a genius, he/she is bright enough to learn advanced concepts.

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