The Scholastic Aptitude Test is offered at Lower Dauphin High School four times during the school year.
The SAT is designed to help college admissions officers make fair and informed admissions decisions. Combined with a student's academic record, it is considered to be a proven, reliable indicator of college success. The SAT tests the subject matter learned by students in high school and how well they apply that knowledge - the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in college.
The test takes three hours and 45 minutes and consists of 10 separately timed sections:
The test assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills in three areas:
The critical reading questions are all multiple choice. They can have one of two formats:
- Sentence completion
- Passage-based reading with long and short excerpts from works in natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and literary fiction
The questions assess students' reading skills, such as:
- Identifying main and supporting ideas
- Determining the meaning of words in context
- Understanding authors' purposes
- Understanding the structure and function of sentences
The mathematics section has two types of questions:
- Multiple-choice questions
- Student-produced responses
The questions require students to apply mathematical concepts and to use data literacy skills in interpreting tables, charts, and graphs. They cover skills in four major areas:
- Numbers and operations
- Algebra and functions
- Geometry and measurement
- Data analysis, statistics, and probability
The writing section consists of two types of questions:
- An essay
- Multiple-choice questions
The multiple-choice questions ask students to:
- Recognize sentence errors
- Choose the best version of a piece of writing
- Improve paragraphs
Scoring is a two-step process:
A raw score is calculated.
- One point is added for each multiple-choice question answered correctly.
- For multiple-choice questions answered incorrectly, 1/4 point is subtracted:
- No points are subtracted for incorrect answers to the mathematics questions requiring student-produced responses.
- No points are subtracted for omitted questions.
- Then, the total points answered wrong are subtracted from the number answered correctly. If the resulting score is a fraction, it is rounded to the nearest whole number—1/2 or more is rounded up; less than 1/2 is rounded down.
- Questions in the SAT equating section do not count toward the score.
Equating adjusts for slight differences in difficulty between test editions, and ensures that a student's score of, say, 450 on one edition of a test reflects the same ability as a score of 450 on another edition of the test.
- Equating also ensures that a student's score does not depend on how well others did on the same edition of the test.
Lower Dauphin SAT Scores
Roughly 70 percent of the senior class takes the SAT exam. The following tables show the average scores for all Lower Dauphin students taking the SAT during a particular school year. These scores are then compared against the state and national averages.
Lower Dauphin's SAT Critical Reading scores are as follows:
SAT Critical Reading Scores
|2013|| 498|| 494||496|
| 2014|| 522 || 497 || 497|
| 2015|| 521|| 499|| 495|
Lower Dauphin's SAT Math scores are as follows:
SAT Math Scores
| 2013|| 520||504 || 514|
| 2014 || 534 ||504 || 513 |
| 2015|| 540||504 ||511 |
Lower Dauphin's SAT Writing scores are as follows:
SAT Writing Scores
| 2013|| 486|| 482||488|
| 2014|| 500 ||480 || 487 |
| 2015||502 ||482 ||484 |