Learn by Doing – Find Normal Scores

Published: February 9th, 2013

Category: Activity 1: Learn By Doing

Recall the example from the last activity:

According to the College Board website, the scores on the math part of the SAT (SAT-M) in a certain year had a mean of 507 and standard deviation of 111. Assume that SAT scores follow a normal distribution.

One of the criteria for admission to a certain engineering school is an SAT-M score in the top 2% of scores. How does this translate to an actual SAT-M score? In other words, how high must a student score on the SAT-M in order for his application to be considered? A different way to ask the same question is “What is the 98th percentile of the SAT-M distribution?”

Let’s work through this problem in a step-by-step manner….

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