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Generally, when do they tend to be more generous? More harsh?
How is the May curve?
I know people say it's standardized, but diff people take the exam at
diff times..so what are some trends seen?
 

zebalong

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From what people know, dates don't matter at all.

The curve is predetermined by previous examinations and in a single month you can have both "easier" tests which theoretically have a higher curve and "harder" tests with a theoretically lower curve.

When i took my administration in Jan. the Fri group got clobbered and were complaining that their test was so out of this realm, and the sat group was super happy their tests were easier and much more like practice MCATs.... in the end the score distribution was the same. Generally the people who said they bombed on fri got a lot higher scores then they thought they would and people in the sat group got scores lower then they thought they would.
 

NickNaylor

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Generally, when do they tend to be more generous? More harsh?
How is the May curve?
I know people say it's standardized, but diff people take the exam at
diff times..so what are some trends seen?
The scores are standardized... by definition it doesn't matter when you take it.
 
May 17, 2010
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People should not be concerned about curves. The goal should be to get every question correct. Worrying about curves is taking away time from preparing for the test.