So I got a 1460 on the SAT school test in March (750 English + 710 Math) and I'm wondering if I should retake it. My calculator froze before the test, so I know that I could improve my math score if I retook it WITH a calculator, but at the same time my score is already pretty high and I don't know if retaking it would even be worth it. My top school is BYU-Provo, and their average SAT score ranges between 1220-1410. How much higher than the 75th percentile mark would qualify me for the best scholarships? I know they're not solely based on SAT, but I'm curious as to whether a better score would make a scholarship more likely.
My advice is that if you have the time to study and retake the SAT, then try for a higher score. If you get a 1500+ score, this may qualify you for merit awards at other top colleges if your family doesn't qualify for financial aid.
Here's a list of top colleges that offer very good merit awards
I know William & May 1693, U Miami, Washington & Lee and many others offer high merit awards but the cutoff is like 1500+
I think you should go for it! Who knows, you could get a better score!
I think you should go for it considering you have time to do it. Its still a good score overall, but if you need that one portion held u back from improving it then go for it! It could definitely benefit you for future purposes.
If you have time to sign up again, there is no reason not to take it again.
It only takes up about 3 hours of your time, but if you do well, it could save you thousands of dollars. You have a pretty great score already, but if you can get it over 1500 (which you're already pretty close to), you'll have a much better chance at merit-based scholarships. The fact that you even got that score with a broken calculator is pretty impressive lol- if I were you, I would absolutely retake it, it sounds like you've got great potential, and even if you only increase your score by 10, I still think it's worth your time.
If you have the time and willpower, definitely go for it! A higher SAT score won't hurt you, that I can say for certain. I've taken and retaken the ACT and SAT and my scores have never gotten lower after a retake, although I cannot speak for everyone. Colleges usually take your highest score, too. I know Khan Academy has a very good SAT course that might help you prepare. I would say, as a previous answer stated, to shoot for the 1500+ realm because of scholarships and merit awards.
If you are confident that you can improve your score then I say go for it!
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