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How do colleges view multiple SAT/ACT attempts?

Hey guys, I'm a junior, and I've taken the SAT twice and the ACT once. I'm not thrilled with my scores, so I'm considering taking them again. Do colleges view multiple attempts negatively? Will it hurt my chances of getting in? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's not uncommon for students to take the SAT or ACT multiple times, and colleges generally understand that. Most colleges will focus on your highest score, either from a single test date or through a process called 'superscoring,' which combines your highest section scores from multiple test dates. Taking the tests multiple times does not typically hurt your chances of admission, as colleges are more interested in your best performance.

However, it's a good idea not to overdo it – taking the tests more than three or four times might not be as beneficial and could potentially be seen as excessive. Focus on preparing well for your next attempt and consider utilizing test prep resources to help improve your scores. Good luck!

9 months ago

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