This year's College Scholastic Ability Test (SAT), which was held for the first time in history with an integrated liberal arts and science department, was found to be very difficult compared to last year in Korean, mathematics and English.

In the Korean area, the highest standard score was the second highest among the SATs ever taken, confirming that it was an 'extraordinary level'.

The percentage of test takers in the first grade in the English section, which is an absolute evaluation, was cut in half from last year.

The Korea Curriculum and Evaluation Institute announced today (9th) the results of the SAT scoring for the 2022 school year, which was implemented on the 18th of last month.

Individual grade reports will be distributed tomorrow.

The evaluation institute said that the questions were given at the previous year's level based on the analysis that there was no noticeable difference in the academic ability of the test takers due to COVID-19, but the difficulty experienced by the actual test takers was considerable.

If you look at the highest standard score for each area (full marks), the Korean area is 149 points and the math area is 147 points.

The standard score is a score that indicates how far a candidate's raw score differs from the average grade.

If the test is difficult and the average is low, the highest standard score will be higher, and if the test is easy and the average is high, the highest standard score will be lower.

The standard score of 149 in the Korean language area was also 5 points higher than last year (144 points), which was evaluated as having difficulty in Korean, and it was close to the highest point of the 2019 SAT (150 points), confirming that it was 'Bulguk'.

Mathematics also had a standard score of 147, which was 10 points higher than last year's grade, which was 10 points higher than last year's 137.

In the case of the SAT for the 2020 school year, which was implemented two years ago, the Korean section scored 140 points, the math abbreviation 134 points, and the math B type 149 points.

The number of people who received the highest standard score was only 28 who spoke Korean, which is a significant decrease from last year (151 people).

However, the number of math students was 2,702, an increase from last year's 2,398 (probable 971, naive 1,427).

The first integration of liberal arts and science made mathematics difficult, but it is analyzed that the gap between humanities and science grades has widened as the number of perfect score increases.

The proportion of students who received first grade with a raw score of 90 or higher in the English area, which is an absolute evaluation, was 6.25% (27,830 students), which was 12.66%, which was half of last year.

The level of English 1st grade was 7.43% in the 2020 school year, but it was found that the difficulty level was uneven every year, such as the 2021 school year, which recorded the highest since the introduction of the absolute evaluation, and then drastically reduced again this year.

The first grade cut-off for each area is 131 points for Korean and 137 points for mathematics.

In the area of ​​Korean history, which is an absolute evaluation, the rate of 1st grade was 37.57% (168,379 people), higher than last year (34.32%).

The 1st grade cut in the inquiry area was found to be distributed in the case of social inquiry with 63-66 points, scientific inquiry with 63-68 points, and vocational inquiry with 66-70 points.

As for the highest standard score for each elective subject, social studies had the highest score of 68 points each for social/culture, ethics and ideology, and the lowest score of 63 points for politics and law.

In the case of scientific inquiry, Earth Science II (77 points) was the highest, and Physics II (68 points) was the lowest.

In the second foreign language/Chinese language area where absolute evaluation was introduced, the ratio of 1st grades in French I, Japanese I, and Chinese I was only 1.33%, 1.49%, and 2.27%, respectively, and German I reached 11.41%. It was great.

5.24% of Spanish I and 5.09% of Vietnamese I received a grade of 1, respectively.

The number of test takers who took the SAT this year was 448,138, an increase of 27,000 from last year's 2021 SAT (421,34), which was the lowest number since the 1994 SAT was first implemented.

There were 318,693 enrolled students, and 129,445 graduates and those who passed the official examination.