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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Retake SAT or ACT?

I've taken both the SAT and ACT, but I'm not quite satisfied with either of my scores. Should I retake one of them? How do I decide which test to focus on when retaking?

7 months ago

Deciding whether to retake the SAT or ACT largely depends on your individual strengths and which test you feel more comfortable with. First, analyze your scores and see where you stand in terms of the middle 50% range of accepted students at your top-choice schools. This can give you an idea of whether it makes sense to retake a test to improve your chances.

Next, consider which test you feel more confident in. The SAT and ACT have different formats and test different skills, although they are largely similar. The SAT typically has slightly more emphasis on critical reading and analytical skills, while the ACT has a science section and might cater more towards students who excel in STEM subjects.

Additionally, think about which test you had a better test-taking experience with in terms of timing, comfort level, and focus. Review the content and format of both the SAT and ACT, and prioritize the one where you can realistically improve your score the most.

Remember that practice tests and study materials are available for both exams, so try honing your skills in the areas you're less confident in. Good luck!

7 months ago

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