SAT (1st time): 740M + 660V = 1400
SAT (2nd time): 800M, 620V = 1420
GRE: 800Q + 770V = 1570And the back story is:
My hope for undergrad was to go to an average school for free and then hopefully go to a top grad pgm. One of the ugrad schools I was looking into was Villanova. I ended up getting free tuition to several comparable schools, but Villanova said that only students with at least 670 on both sections of the SAT were eligible for free tuition. We called them, shocked to hear that 10 points, one corny vocab word, could make that kind of difference in my plans, and we asked if having 800 on the math section would balance out having only 660 on the verbal... and their response was, "We get plenty of applicants meeting the 670+ criteria already, so we don't make exceptions."
So *** them, I didn't apply. But anyway, I decided that no BS like vocab and lame reading passages would ever get in my academic way again... and since my poor vocabulary had often been an obstalce for me when hearing ppl talk or whn reading assigned books, I made a consistent effort to learn a ton of words knowing it would help me in life. Also my reading and writing skills seemed to improve on their own. So that explains the anomalous verbal increase from my SAT to the GRE.
As for the SAT predicting the GRE, it's probably a better predictor than anything else, but it's by no means reliable. The SAT isn't even a good predictor of the SAT... Even though my two scores were similar, note how my math score went up 60 and my verbal down 40... I could just as easily gotten 800+660 one time and 740+620 the other.
G01 wrote:My verbal and math scores actually reversed between the tests, giving my a score that was almost the same (minus writing section):
SAT: Math-610 Verbal-700 Total-1310
GRE: Math-730 Verbal-560 Total-1290
Only a 20 point difference. I guess the SAT is indeed a good predictor of the GRE.
The same goes for G01. I disagree that your case shows the SAT predicts the GRE well. Look how drastically your math went up and your verbal went down. It's just a coincidence that those differences balanced out in the total. The fact that the individual sections of the SAT and GRE are so variable means the test itself is inconsistent, and thus one test can't be a good predictor of the other or of itself if taken a second time.Edit:
Indeed, cato88 below has a good point. I got 3 SAT math questions wrong the first time and got 740... and I had to get all of them right for an 800 the second time. These tests are highly fickle in the 700+ region where each question counts so much, but perhaps they are more consistent in the 400-600 range.