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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Taking the SAT post-high school?

I didn't take the SAT in high school, but now I'm considering college and feel like I should. Is it possible to take the SAT after graduating? What's the process like, and does it differ from taking it as a high schooler?

7 months ago

Absolutely, it's possible to take the SAT after you've graduated from high school, and many people do it for a variety of reasons, such as improving their scores or because they didn't take it the first time around. The process for signing up is the same, no matter your age—you'd register through the College Board website. However, there are a few things to consider.

First, since you're not currently enrolled in a school, you won't have access to an in-school testing day which is sometimes offered to juniors and seniors. Instead, you'll have to sign up for a national test date. Make sure that whatever date you choose, you give yourself ample time to prepare. The SAT covers a range of topics, and it's important to feel comfortable with the material.

Second, depending on how long it's been since you graduated, you might want to refresh your knowledge on the test content, especially the math and grammar rules. There are ample resources for studying, from SAT prep books to online courses and even free materials from the College Board itself.

Lastly, be aware of the deadlines! Late registration might be available but it costs more, and you don't want to miss taking the test because you missed a sign-up date. Remember also that some colleges and universities are test-optional now, so you might not need to submit SAT scores at all depending on where you plan to apply.

7 months ago

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