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Retaking the SAT after high school—is it weird?

So I didn't do as well as I hoped on the SAT during high school. Is it awkward to retake it after graduation to improve my score for college applications, or should I focus on other parts of my application now?

7 months ago

It's definitely not weird to retake the SAT after graduation if you believe that you can improve and if the schools you're applying to require or recommend test scores. Improving your SAT score can strengthen your application and potentially increase your chances of admission, especially for schools that consider standardized test scores as an important admission criterion.

If the colleges you're interested in are test-optional or have stated that test scores are not a major factor in their admissions process, it could be more beneficial to focus on other aspects of your application like your personal statement, letters of recommendation, and demonstrating continued interest or relevant work experience.

Ultimately, whether or not to retake the SAT should be based on the specific requirements and preferences of the institutions you're aiming for as well as a thoughtful consideration of how much a potential score improvement might bolster your overall application.

If you decide to retake the test, consider what study methods or preparation strategies you might employ differently this time to ensure a better outcome. Remember, whatever you decide, make sure it aligns with your overall goals and the admissions criteria of the colleges you're targeting.

7 months ago

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