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Should I retake the SAT or ACT if I'm not satisfied with my score?

Hi everyone, I'm a junior, and I just got my SAT/ACT scores back. I'm not completely satisfied with my score, but I'm not sure if it's worth retaking the test. What do you think? Should I retake it or focus on other parts of my application? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! I can understand the uncertainty you're facing with your SAT/ACT scores. My child went through a similar situation when they were applying to college. Ultimately, the decision to retake the test depends on a few factors. First, consider the schools you are interested in applying to. Research their average accepted SAT/ACT scores to see if your scores are within the competitive range. If your scores are below the average, it might be a good idea to retake the test to improve your chances of admission. Also, consider any scholarship opportunities that might be tied to higher test scores. Sometimes, even a small increase in your score can lead to additional financial aid. If you do decide to retake the test, make sure you allocate enough time to prepare and identify the areas you need to improve. This can help you make the most out of your retake attempt. On the other hand, if your scores are already within the competitive range for your target schools, it might be more beneficial to focus on other aspects of your application, such as your GPA, extracurricular activities, and essays. College admissions officers look at the whole package, so a strong application in other areas can help balance out your SAT/ACT scores. At the end of the day, it's important to weigh the pros and cons and make the decision that best suits your situation. Good luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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