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Is a 780 SAT score competitive?

I just got my SAT results back and scored a 780. I'm pretty stoked, but I'm also not sure if this is considered competitive for colleges these days. Can anyone give me insights on how a 780 SAT score stacks up in the admissions process? Thanks in advance!

a month ago

A 780 SAT score is likely a misunderstanding since the SAT is divided into two sections, Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and each section is scored on a scale of 200-800. If you meant that you scored a 780 on one of these sections, then that is an excellent score. Perfect scores are 800, so a 780 puts you very close to the top.

However, if you meant 780 as your total score after combining both sections, then the standard SAT maximum score is 1600. In this case, a 780 would be considered below average and might limit your admission chances at more competitive colleges and universities. You may want to consider retaking the SAT and engaging in more preparation—taking practice tests, studying materials, or even enrolling in an SAT prep course—to improve your score.

Keep in mind that different colleges have different SAT score expectations. You can research the middle 50% SAT scores range for the schools you're interested in to get a better idea of where you should be aiming for your total SAT score.

If you have any questions about how to interpret your SAT score report, I'd recommend getting in touch with your school counselor, or contacting the College Board directly, to make sure you're understanding your performance correctly. Good luck!

a month ago

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