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Eric Scheie wants his SAT scores, and can’t get them:

[F]or some time now I have been seeking my SAT score results from the early 1970s. After spending a non-refundable $30.00 fee, I received a letter from the testing board telling me that they cannot find my SAT scores. So I called my high school, and they can’t find them either.

He clings to one last hope:

[R]eading today’s news convinces me that in all probability, the NSA knows my SAT scores.

And my taxes fund the NSA, do they not?

So where are my SAT scores?

I’d suggest “in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’,” but that’s probably reserved for Barack Obama’s transcripts.

Note: I took the SAT twice. The numbers are seared into my brain. (They also propped up the illusion that I was sort of bright, a notion I have worked diligently to dispel.)


  1. jimmy »

    27 June 2013 · 7:28 am

    I took the SAT twice as well after my friend, who scored higher than I, admitted he just chose mostly ‘c’, didn’t read the questions, and was hungover. I did not score well when hungover. Still bugs me.

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 June 2013 · 7:58 am

    I’m wondering if a FOIA request would cover the SAT scores. (Actually, I’d like to see that: “Hello, FBI? I’m curious about something that might be in my file….”)

    (I remember my scores, but then again, I tend to remember trivial things like that. I remember my GRE scores too, but they’re not so meaningful any more because apparently the scoring scale has been changed…my students were talking about the GRE the other day.)

  3. Dick Stanley »

    27 June 2013 · 12:29 pm

    Indeed, I have never forgotten my SAT scores. They weren’t much better than average. Back in my day (the 1950s) public schools also gave IQ tests. Nowadays they don’t like to admit it and, of course, the scores are not available. In my case, that’s probably just as well.

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