Are the SAT and ACT Graded on A Curve?

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You've heard rumblings over the years and wondered, but no one could ever really tell you for sure: Are the SAT and ACT graded on a curve?

First, let's clarify what it means to "grade on a curve." You may have had a few teachers by now who use this grading strategy. Basically, it means that your teacher realizes when an exam was too difficult for the class and bumped up all of the grades. So if everyone in your chemistry class got a 40 percent or lower on the mid-semester exam and your teacher doesn't want everyone to get a failing grade, she would adjust which letter grade the percentage corresponds to. The 40 percent becomes an A, the 35 percent becomes a B, etc. Great idea, right?

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