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Should I retake the SAT/ACT if my score is below the average for my dream school?

Hey everyone! I recently took the SAT/ACT and my score is a bit below the average for my dream school. Should I try to retake the test to improve my score, or should I focus on other aspects of my application? I'm a little bit stressed about it. Thanks for any advice!

11 months ago

Hello! I understand that the college admissions process can be quite stressful, but don't worry too much! If your SAT/ACT score is just slightly below the average for your dream school, it's not the end of the world. Colleges look at a variety of factors when making admissions decisions, and test scores are just one piece of the puzzle. That being said, if you think you can significantly improve your score by retaking the exam, it might be worth giving it another shot. However, don't neglect other important aspects of your application, such as your GPA, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation. These components will help paint a more complete picture of who you are as an applicant. My child went through a similar situation and, in the end, focused on strengthening their overall application rather than just retaking the test. They were accepted to their dream school despite having a slightly lower test score. So, stay positive and continue to work hard on all aspects of your application. Good luck!

11 months ago

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