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Is retaking the SAT necessary for my college application?

Hi all, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the college application process and could really use some advice. I took the SAT last month and scored a 1450, which I know is decent, but I'm not sure if it's good enough for the schools I'm applying to. My dream school is MIT, but I'm also applying to several other competitive engineering programs. My GPA is a 3.9, and I'm involved in extracurricular activities like robotics club and math team, but I can't shake the feeling that my SAT score is holding me back.

Some of my friends are telling me that I should focus on my essays and recommendations, while others are saying I should definitely retake the SAT to try for a higher score. I'm worried that if I don't retake it, I'll regret it later, but I'm also concerned about spreading myself too thin and not having enough time to perfect the other aspects of my application. I've heard that colleges care more about your overall application than just your test scores, but I can't help but wonder if a higher SAT score would make a significant difference.

If anyone has any experience with this or can offer any guidance, I would really appreciate it. I'm feeling quite stressed and unsure of what to do. Would retaking the SAT be worth it, or should I focus my energy elsewhere? Thanks in advance.

a year ago

I empathize with the stress you're experiencing right now, but try not to worry too much. Your SAT score of 1450 is indeed a good score, and your GPA and extracurricular activities show dedication to your field. It's true that colleges look at the entire application, so it's crucial to have strong essays and recommendations as well.

If you genuinely believe you can improve your SAT score without taking away from the quality of your essays and recommendations, then retaking the test could be a good option. However, if you think it would negatively impact other parts of your application, it might be best to focus on those areas instead.

Ultimately, it's a personal decision, and only you can determine what's best for your situation. Just remember that you have already accomplished a lot, and your overall application will be evaluated, not just your test score. Good luck!

a year ago

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