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Should I retake the SAT/ACT if my score is below my target?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior and I recently took the SAT/ACT. My score is below my target, and I'm considering retaking it. Should I? How much can I realistically improve my score? I'd really appreciate any guidance. Thanks!

10 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're being proactive about your college admissions process. If your score is below your target, it's definitely worth considering retaking the SAT/ACT. Many students see improvements in their scores after retaking the test, especially if they put in the time and effort to prepare for it. A lot depends on your individual circumstances and how much time you have before college applications are due. If you can create a study plan that allows you to focus on the areas where you need improvement, you might see a significant increase in your score. My own child retook the SAT and was able to improve their score by over 100 points by dedicating time to studying and working through practice tests. It's essential to weigh the time commitment for test prep against other priorities like schoolwork, extracurriculars, and college essays. Also, keep in mind that an increasing number of colleges have become test-optional, so a lower-than-expected test score may not be a dealbreaker for admission. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide if retaking the test is the right choice. Good luck!

10 months ago

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