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Is a 1480 SAT score good enough for Ivy League admissions?

Hi all! I recently got my SAT scores and I got a 1480. I'm seriously thinking about applying to Ivy League schools, but I'm not sure if my score is high enough. I have solid extracurriculars and a high GPA, but I'm still a bit worried about my SAT score. Is 1480 good enough for Ivy League admissions, or should I retake it?

9 months ago

Hey there! First off, congratulations on your 1480 SAT score! That's definitely a great accomplishment. While your score is on the lower end of the typical range for Ivy League schools (which usually falls around 1460-1580), it doesn't automatically mean you won't get in, as you are still within the range. Your strong extracurriculars and high GPA will definitely help balance out your application, as it's important to remember that the admissions process at Ivy Leagues schools is holistic, meaning no one single factor is likely to swing your decision one way or another.

However, if you believe that you can improve your score by retaking the test, even an extra 40 or so points could give you a semi-significant boost. If you want to see how your chances change with different scores, you can check out CollegeVine's chancing algorithm, which factors in all elements of your application, including test scores, extracurriculars, and GPA: https://www.collegevine.com/admissions-calculator. It is important to remember, though, that you don't spend all your time studying at the expense of maintaining your GPA or writing strong essays, as then you'd just be cancelling out the potential gain of a higher score.

In the end, the decision to retake the SAT is ultimately up to you, and whether you feel you have the time to study enough to boost your score. Good luck!

9 months ago

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