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Harvard SAT Scores: What Should I Aim For?

Hey guys! I'm a junior aiming at Harvard. I just finished taking my first SAT and I'm unsure about what a competitive SAT score for Harvard admission is. Can anyone provide insights on the average SAT scores for admitted students at Harvard? Thanks in advance!

17 days ago

Absolutely, happy to help! Harvard University is one of the most competitive schools in the nation, which means high SAT scores are typically necessary for admission. However, remember that SAT scores are just one part of your application, and Harvard applies a holistic review process to all applications.

While Harvard doesn't publish its average SAT scores, students accepted into Harvard generally score very high. In recent years, the middle 50% of SAT scores for Harvard students fell between approximately 1460 and 1570. This would mean that 25% of admitted students scored below 1460 and 25% scored above 1580. Therefore, aiming for an SAT score above 1460 would be advisable, with a score above 1580 being particularly impressive.

Keep in mind that these numbers are just approximations, as the exact figures can fluctuate from year to year. So, while a high SAT score is important, there are other equally significant factors like your GPA, class rigor, leadership roles, essays, and letters of recommendation.

Also remember that currently, many colleges, including Harvard, are test-optional due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means they do not require you to submit SAT or ACT scores. However, for the 2024-2025 application cycle, Harvard has decided to change back to requiring SAT or ACT scores.

Harvard, like many other colleges, does not have a minimum SAT score requirement. But the stronger your SAT score is, the better it could strengthen your application. Be aware that many students with perfect scores are rejected every year. So, overachieving on the SAT alone won't guarantee you a spot at Harvard.

It's important to put just as much effort into your extracurricular involvements and essays as you do studying for the SAT. Many 'standout' applications have a spike - a significant accomplishment or deep involvement in a particular passion, which can be a more determining factor compared to test scores.

In closing, please strive for a balanced and well-rounded application, rather than focusing solely on achieving a high SAT score. Best of luck with your applications!

17 days ago

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