Understanding early SAT testing

Posted by: MumOfThree

Understanding early SAT testing - 06/26/19 05:48 AM

We are not in the US and have no experience of the SAT or ACT, or the US college admission system but I was looking at online courses with TIP and CTY etc for our 9yr old. I am hoping someone could explain how "grade level" is applied if a child is home schooled, accelerated, not from the US, etc? Is a appropriate "grade" applied for the purpose of interpreting results of the testing based on age and US school age norms?

And related question regarding courses with TIP, CTY etc. which seem to be grouped by grade. Again how does "grade" work if your child is already accelerated, subject accelerated, has no clear grade due to homeschool or different international standards?
Posted by: JudAU

Re: Understanding early SAT testing - 06/26/19 01:00 PM

Iím not sure what international testing requirements are but in the US we have the option of taking SCAT at that age. The full SAT is only required later, for 8th grade maybe? My nine year and eleven year old both took SCAT earlier this year. It is a much more approachable test and I would recommend it if you just want to qualify for classes.
Posted by: MumOfThree

Re: Understanding early SAT testing - 06/27/19 05:49 AM

Thank you! How standardized is school entry age in the USA? All of our states have had quite different approaches to entry age, though it's becoming more standard.
Posted by: Kai

Re: Understanding early SAT testing - 06/27/19 06:14 AM

Originally Posted By: MumOfThree
Thank you! How standardized is school entry age in the USA? All of our states have had quite different approaches to entry age, though it's becoming more standard.


Here is a list of the kindergarten cutoff dates by state: http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/MBQuest2RTanw?rep=KK3Q1802
Posted by: cricket3

Re: Understanding early SAT testing - 06/27/19 06:24 AM

Another consideration is the definition of ďgrade level.Ē While standardized tests may use this team, itís pretty clear that grade level varies widely depending on area and specific school, at least in the US. The common core was an attempt to standardize things but itís clear there are huge variations.

This is illustrated in a nyt article, recently re-posted by aeh on a different thread.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016...t-compares.html
Posted by: MumOfThree

Re: Understanding early SAT testing - 06/27/19 06:23 PM

Thank you both, this has been helpful.