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Should I retake the SAT/ACT if my score is below a college's average?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior in high school and I've been looking at the average SAT/ACT scores for some of the colleges I'm interested in. My scores are a bit below the average for some schools, so I'm wondering if I should retake the test. Would that be a good idea? Thanks for your help!

10 months ago

Hi there! I completely understand your concern about your SAT/ACT scores falling below the average for some of the schools you're interested in. My child went through a similar situation when they were applying to colleges. Retaking the test can be a good idea if you feel that you have room for improvement and can invest the time and effort to prepare again. Keep in mind that many colleges superscore, meaning they consider the highest score from each section across multiple test dates. This can work to your advantage if you perform better in certain sections on your retake. However, also remember that standardized test scores are just one aspect of your college application. Admissions officers look at your grades, extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation as well. So, while it's important to aim for a competitive SAT/ACT score, don't neglect other areas of your application. Good luck!

10 months ago

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