Should I apply test-optional?Answered
I am an international student currently enrolled in the South African system, which is not very well known globally. I took the SAT in May, and got 1250, which is lower than predicted by my teachers and I do not think it accurately reflects my abilities. I am wondering if I should retake it (in October, very close to my finals) or if I should just apply test-optional. Thank you!
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I think you should retake the SAT because it's a chance for you to do better. Spend the remaining weeks of August and the whole month of September studying with either Khan Academy (which is free), the College Board SAT prep book, or Princeton Review, if you want to take the SAT in October. But, if you don't think October is a good time for you to take your SAT because it's very close to your finals, I know there is another SAT in November you can look into. Registration for it is open by the way. If you study and put effort to improve your score, you're going to see the results you want.
If you're confident that you'll be able to prepare to this exam and it wouldn't be an economical burden to you and your family then go for it. But if you're unsure about your ability to pass it or there are some circumstances that prevent you from taking SAT then I guess you should think twice. Hope my answer will help:)
Retake the SAT and practice with Khan Academy and College Board, which offer free SAT practice.
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