2 years ago
Admissions Advice

SAT scores Dilemma

I am currently a senior in High School and I have a 3.8 GPA and my college application has been fairly competitive except for my SAT scores. (I like to think that my essays are pretty good).

I've applied to a few colleges, but my SAT scores are really low.

I want to retake the exam on March, but college application decisions come out 3 days after the march SAT decisions. I was thinking that I could submit the scores before the decisions came out.

To put into perspective my SAT score is a 1270 and I'm applying to the following colleges:


Notre Dame


Johns Hopkins

Boston University

University of Chicago

Brown University

University of Florida

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

George Washington University

University of Denver

Butler University

Should I do that? or is there any way for me to retake the SAT during January or February?

If I do decide to retake it, what resources can I use to boost up my scores by 300+ within the next 3 months?


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2 years ago

The opportunity to retake the SAT in March is a futile pursuit because March SAT test scores come out no earlier than March 26th, 2022 and by that time, 1/2 these schools will have their decisions posted on their portals. The Ivys may delay their 2022 decision date to April 2nd but I'm 100% certain any school wouldn't accept an updated SAT score within a week of its decision date.

My best advise you is to modify your college list while you can and add a couple schools that you feel strongly about getting into by applying test optional. You have a lot of reaches on your list and I highly recommend adding some target schools.

Good luck.

2 years ago

At that point, I think it's too late to submit the scores you would get in March. That's 3 days before the decisions, meaning it's highly likely they already reviewed your application. Unfortunately, I believe there is no way to retake the SAT during January or February. You can only take the SAT on certain days that they provide; you should search up "SAT dates" to make sure.

In my opinion, the best thing for you to do is to go test-optional. While 1270 is a rather good score, it is below the SAT range of the majority of these colleges that you listed. Unless you're a legacy/recruited athlete/some other advantageous student, going test-optional is the safest for you. Many of the people who will submit their SAT scores are usually in the 1500-1600 range.

If you do want to retake it, I suggest using Khan Academy, the Princeton Review, Erica Meltzer (English), and College Panda (Math). Hope that helps!

2 years ago

Hi @Ashley_University! At most schools, the last test date accepted is usually November or December. An exception to this would be a college with rolling admissions - they may accept a March test date as long as the deadline to apply hasn't passed.

I recommend putting your stats and extracurriculars into our Chancing Simulator (linked here: https://www.collegevine.com/schools/hub/simulator/sheet) to get an idea of what schools you would be competitive for. That will help you make a list of schools that includes a good balance of safeties, targets, and reaches.

2 years ago

perhaps take the ACT instead? That is in early february and scores come out early march

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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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