Because the SAT Suite of Assessments is vertically scaled, you can get consistent feedback and measure student progress from test to test. Every exam in the SAT Suite focuses on the same skills and knowledge, in ways that make sense for students in different grades.
Suppose a student took a PSAT-related assessment and the SAT on the same day. With vertical scaling, they would be expected to get the same score on both tests. Vertical scaling makes it easier to understand what to expect from younger students when they reach college.
Vertical scaling can also affect higher education recruitment strategies.
Outreach to younger students should always account for potential growth. When a student takes the SAT at least six months after taking a PSAT-related assessment, their scores generally increase by 20 points in each section (Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing), 40 points total.