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Defining a 'Good' SAT Score: What Should I Aim For?

So I've been studying for the SAT and I’m kinda stressed about what score I should be targeting. I hear a lot about good and bad scores, but how do I figure out what a 'good' score is for me, considering the colleges I want to apply to?

7 months ago

Absolutely, this is a key question for planning your applications. A 'good' SAT score can really depend on the range of schools you're aiming for. Begin by looking at the middle 50% SAT scores for admitted students on the websites of the colleges you're interested in. These ranges give you a ballpark figure of what scores the school generally considers competitive.

For example, if your target school's middle 50% range is 1300-1450, you'll want to aim for above 1300 to be considered competitive, and the closer you get to 1450, the stronger your application will appear from a testing standpoint. Keep in mind, while a score at or above the top end of this range is fantastic, it doesn't guarantee admission, as selective colleges consider a wide range of other factors as well.

Also, consider the context of your overall application. If your SAT score is lower, but you have a strong GPA and rigorous coursework, it may balance out. Some schools are also test-optional now, so if you feel your SAT score isn't a strong reflection of your abilities, you could focus on other application areas. But try to do the best you can if you decide to submit scores, as a competitive score does add to your application's strength. Good luck, and remember, your SAT score is just one part of your application!

7 months ago

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