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Will a low SAT score hurt my chances of getting into a top college?

Hey everyone, I'm a little stressed about my SAT score. I took it once and didn't do as well as I had hoped. I'm planning on retaking it, but I'm worried that a low score will hurt my chances of getting into a top college. Can anyone give me some advice or share their experience? Thanks!

11 months ago

Hey there, I understand that SAT scores can be a source of stress for many students, but it's important to remember that they are just one part of the college admissions process. While a strong SAT score can definitely help your chances, it's not the only factor that colleges consider. They also look at your high school transcripts, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. If you have a strong application in these other areas, a lower SAT score may not be as much of a hurdle as you think. My own child faced a similar situation, but they still managed to get into a great college due to their strong academic performance and extracurricular involvement. It's great that you're planning on retaking the test, as it shows your commitment to improving. In the meantime, try to focus on the other aspects of your application that you can control, such as your grades and extracurricular activities. Best of luck, and remember that your SAT score is just one piece of the puzzle!

11 months ago

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