I'm a rising junior and would really like to know what I should aim for
Depends on your ethnicity but for selective schools like MIT, 1550 is a sweet spot to look for
Since the MIT Class of 2024 had a 50% percentile range of 1520-1580, you want to aim for meeting the 1520 threshold at a minimum and aim for the middle 1550 a goal. If you are at 1550 or above, there is no point in trying to improve upon that score. MIT just wants to know you can do the work and SAT scores for MIT are a great indicator of how well you will perform in the classroom. Also keep in mind that since nearly everyone has a 99.9% SAT MATH score, you need to shoot for that. You have more flexibility on the ERW portion but not the math. So if you scored 790 English 730 Math, that's not a good MIT SAT score unless you are applying to comparative literature as a major or English.
SAT Math [790, 800]
SAT ERW [730, 780]
Basically, to break it down for you: 1500 puts you in the lower bunch of admissions. 1570 puts you in the higher bunch of admissions. 1550 puts you right in the middle, so like @lzuniga said: it's the sweet spot you're looking for.
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