Lower Dauphin

School District

 
SAT Scores
 
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
 
The test takes three hours and 45 minutes and consists of 10 separately timed sections:
  • Three sections test critical reading (70 minutes total)
  • Three sections test mathematics (70 minutes total)
  • Three sections test writing (60 minutes total)
  • One variable (unscored) section tests critical reading, mathematics, or writing (25 minutes total)
The test assesses critical thinking and problem solving skills in three areas:
 
Critical Reading

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
Mathematics

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
Writing
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

Test Scores

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

Year 

Lower
Dauphin 
State
Average 
National
Average 

2009

516

493

501

2010

518

492

501

2011

519

493

497

2012

529

491

496

2013 498 494496
 2014 522
 497
 497
 2015 521 499 495

Lower Dauphin's SAT Math scores are as follows:

SAT Math Scores

Year 

Lower
Dauphin 
State
Average 
National
Average 

2009

533

501

515

2010

533

501

516

2011

534

501

514

2012

548

501

514

 2013 520504
 514
 2014
 534
504 
 513 
 2015
 540504
511

Lower Dauphin's SAT Writing scores are as follows:

SAT Writing Scores

Year 

Lower
Dauphin 
State
Average 
National
Average 

2009

506

483

493

2010

512

480

492

2011

500

479

489

2012

514

480

488

 2013 486 482488
 2014 500
480 
 487 
 2015502
482
484

 
 
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