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    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