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21 days ago
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Should I submit my SAT scores?
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Hi, I've taken the SAT three times and I'm expecting my results for the third on the 19th or 18th. As of right now, I'm not expecting my score to increase greatly because I can't afford SAT tutoring and Khan Academy doesn't really work well for me. I know that for certain schools that I'm applying to, specifically the more prestigious ones I shouldn't submit my scores. But, for my in-state schools which are Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh I am torn whether I should or not. I have a good GPA of 4.56 and 3.79. But, I don't want my SAT score to be the deciding factor in my rejection to these schools. The highest score being 1160 and for the third exam I'm expecting maximum a 1200. Any help would be appreciated.

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20 days ago

With a 3.79 GPA and decent essays you can get into both of those ~50% acceptance rate schools. I wouldn't submit SAT scores when you don't have to.

Also consider that admission officers know that getting a 3.79 GPA takes years of effort, whereas the SAT score is just measuring how well students do in a 4 hour period. They know that the former is much more indicative of college performance than the latter, and will admit accordingly.

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21 days ago[edited]

Honestly speaking, those are not the most ideal SAT scores you'd want to have if you were applying to either of those universities. Your GPA is quite good for the above schools so, as you said, you shouldn't let your SAT score compromise your chances. So I think you shouldn't submit your scores. Since the Unis can only evaluate your profile based on your coursework, grades, and extra/co curriculars, make sure all of the aforementioned are strong to boost your chances.

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21 days ago

I wouldn't submit any SAT scores that aren't average or above average for the school

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