Junior here- Is 1520 SAT score would enough for top tier schools- or is it worth taking a 2nd time to get to 1550+ or focus on GPA for junior year.
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A 1520 is a pretty good score and makes you competitive for top schools since you clear the threshold. If you think you can get a better score though, go for it. Many people do better their second time taking the SAT. But I wouldn't spend too much time focusing on the sat since your score is already pretty good. Make sure that you are keeping up your GPA as that would be more important right now for you. Another thing too consider though is that if you are asian, you'll be competing with other asians who typically have higher scores than a 1520, so you may want to try for a better score if this applies to you. If not, then don't worry about this.
A score of 1520 is amazing. You don't need to retake it even if you are applying to HYPSM. Focus on your personal and academic development instead.
1520 is an excellent score. I doubt the difference between a 1520 and a 1550+ is going to make the difference of you getting accepted. Now focus on your classes, extracurriculars, your community, and find a way to stand out.
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