Old SCAT score interpretation

Posted by: Kai

Old SCAT score interpretation - 03/25/22 06:03 PM

I took the SCAT in 1981 as a one year accelerated eighth grader. The scores are listed as percentiles. Does anyone know if those are as compared to other eighth graders or something else? My googling tells me that CTY acquired the test in 1985, so perhaps they changed the reporting of scores then?

The reason I even discovered this information is that I've been curious about a statement that a school administrator made when I was in ninth grade and flunking out of the (prestigious private) school. She said that I was the "most intelligent student" in the school, which was beyond weird. We did take a test in either eighth or ninth grade where (among other things) we had to identify pictures with pieces missing from them (which seemed obvious). But the results of this test weren't in the record, and I'm pretty sure that the SCAT didn't have such a task.

My overall SCAT percentile was 93, which is way out of line with my grades (Cs, Ds, and Fs), but I'm sure that it was not even close to "most intelligent" status.

Anyway, I'd appreciate any insight folks might have.
Posted by: aeh

Re: Old SCAT score interpretation - 03/26/22 07:35 AM

It's hard to tell what the norms were for your SCAT, as they could have been 8th grade norms, 7th grade (i.e., adjusted for your age), or 10th or 11/12th grade norms (given CTY's historical approach of out-of-level testing). I would guess the most likely would be 8th or 11/12th grade norms, but I don't think we have any way of knowing at this late date.

The test you took in 8th or 9th grade sounds like it may have been the Raven's Progressive Matrices, if by pictures you mean grids with missing design elements, rather than realistic depictions of everyday objects. It has a standard level and an advanced level. Given your age at the time, the standard set appears more likely, but may well have been easy for you.

"Most intelligent" is not as objective a descriptor as one might hope, of course, but it's not unreasonable for the administrator to have described you in those terms, given that you were one year young for grade. Perhaps no one else was grade-accelerated? You may also have noticed that it is not unusual for families to retain their children on entry to such schools (e.g., if entry year is 7th grade, these students complete 7th grade in their previous, less-selective school, and then enter the selective school as a repeat 7th grader), ostensibly to give them a transition year to acclimate to the pace and intensity of a more rigorous setting without also having to learn a lot of new academic content. So you may well have been two years younger than quite a few of your classmates.
Posted by: Kai

Re: Old SCAT score interpretation - 03/27/22 06:26 PM

Thanks, aeh!