I'm a senior in high school who is currently applying to universities. Some of my schools require that I report all my SAT Scores. If my first score is pretty good and my second is 150 less, how will that affect my admissions chances?
Honestly it depends. If for instance your drop was in math, and you're applying for a stem related major, it may affect your chances. The admission officers need to know why there was an entire 150 points drop, whether you didn't put in effort into the second one. So if there's a reason for that score drop, you can explain it to them in your additional info section. Also, there are several schools that superscore the SATs so you can look into that. Lastly, if you feel your scores won't paint the best impression of you, then you can apply without submitting them. Don't forget that several other factors weigh in your acceptance prospects!
While 150 points is a big difference, if one score is especially strong or both fall within a school's average SAT range, you should be ok. Also, if the second score fell by only one section (say you only were studying for math), look into schools that accept superscored SATs.
Best of luck!
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