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how many times should i take the SAT?

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Hi, I’m a rising junior and I want to know if I should register early for a 3rd SAT exam sitting just in case. I already have September and November registered but since the spots at the schools near me are going out fast I don’t know if I should register for a backup in the event that I need a third retry. Currently I am at about a 1520 SAT and I am going to study over the summer so that I can get up to my target score of 1570 by September. Do you think this is possible? Do you think i will be able to achieve this score in only two tries? Thanks!!

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It doesn't make any sense to register for a third exam when you haven't even taken a real exam yet. If anything maybe sign up for the ACT because sometimes people do better on the exam they didn't choose because there's less pressure. But if you truly study hard and take practice tests, you should need only 1-2 tests. There's a huge drop off in returns once you get to the third exam and you're usually better served spending your time on other things. Especially if you're at least average for your school.

that sounds good, thank you! i’ve done a couple of mock acts and i’m around a 34, but it was much more stressful to take so i chose sat. thank you for your input!
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This heavily depends on what colleges you want to get into if Ivy League is you goal I’d say taking additional testing is a decent idea but if you are going for regular state schools like Oregon Kansas or Maryland you are in great shape. And if the schools you are interested in do superstore you should be done and don’t need additional tests and average sat at elite public schools is around a high 1300 Virgina a public ivys average sat is 1350 so you should be fine.

thanks!! my top schools are upenn, brown, and gtown so i know i need at least a 1550 to be in good standing. thanks for your input!
You’d still be in middle 50% so you are technically competitive competitive and it boils down to ECs rec letters etc then.
yeah, makes sense. thank you!
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Taking the SAT more than 3 times is not a good thing, college administrations see it as an unsure and weird thing to do and they start to questions your school's education. Take it 3 times MAX and use the highest score of them. Practices for SATs are available in collegevine and Khan Academy to improve your score.