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Is it worth retaking the SAT/ACT to improve my score?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior, and I recently took the SAT/ACT. My scores were decent, but I'm wondering if it's worth retaking the test to try and improve my score. Will colleges view multiple test attempts negatively? Would it be better to focus on other aspects of my application instead? Thanks for any advice!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about your college application and trying to strategize the best way to improve your chances. Retaking the SAT/ACT can definitely be helpful if you believe you can score higher the second time around. Colleges generally focus on your highest scores, so they won't view multiple test attempts negatively. In fact, it's pretty common for students to take the test more than once. That being said, if you're already satisfied with your scores, it might be a better use of your time to focus on other aspects of your application, like your extracurricular activities, essays, and obtaining strong letters of recommendation. My child went through the same process and found that a balanced approach worked well for them. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what you think will have the most significant impact on your application. Just make sure you're not sacrificing other important components in order to solely focus on test scores. Good luck!

10 months ago

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