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Deciding whether to retake the SAT

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  • blobby green style avatar for user smithjah
    Is the SAT more important than the ACT.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user bullockt
    Does colleges see the several attempts you made retaking the ACT?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user ashita singh
    what is SAT actually?
    because i dont know much i mean anything about it....but want to know exactly of it!
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  • marcimus pink style avatar for user Jessie Cheng
    do colleges like it better when you stick with one foreign language instead of switching? and also, what are some good extracurricular activities that proves you have leadership skills? thanks!
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    • purple pi purple style avatar for user ishitad
      Honestly depends on the career you plan on choosing. If you wish to be a doctor, colleges will not pay close attention to the number of foreign languages you take in high school, as long as you meet the requirements. If you wish to become someone like an interpreter, it would be better to take many foreign languages. There are no certain extracurricular activities that proves leadership skills, rather it is the leadership roles you gain in that extracurricular activity that counts. If you wish to show leadership skills try being a president or vice president of a club. Or if you are not able to, simply participate in the club. Make sure you pick a club you have interests in so you enjoy participating. All activities show leadership skills. A good activity could be joining a sport club. Why? Because being envolved in sports shows teamwork. But any club will be fine. Remember it is not the number of clubs you take, colleges look at your leadership roles and participation
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  • old spice man green style avatar for user Connor Gavitt
    Do colleges get too see how many times i've taken a test? If I send a score report to the once will they be unaware of the other attempts?
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    • leaf green style avatar for user Learner 1
      Taken from the SAT site: https://sat.collegeboard.org/help

      "Do you report only the best scores?
      If you decide to use Score Choice™, the College Board will not release scores to colleges and universities for admission purposes without your consent. If you don't opt to use Score Choice, all of your scores will be sent to your chosen institutions and programs. Most colleges only look at your highest scores, so you should feel comfortable sending all of them."

      So it may depend on the test and the options you choose on the answer sheet. For a particular test I would google it and go to the main website for that test. if you cannot find the answer in the FAQ, why not write them an email asking that question.
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  • ohnoes default style avatar for user SOS.helpme
    what if you get a worse score the second time? should you take it a third time?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user hinesm
    After taking the ACT and getting your score back, can I retake it and decide on which one I can send to the college admissions?
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  • duskpin tree style avatar for user Tim Zhen
    what happens if you fail the SAT and the ACT?
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    • leaf orange style avatar for user Benny C
      The SAT and ACT are not "pass" or "fail" tests. You just take the test and get a score, which may be above or below average. If you find yours is low, and the college you're applying to wants higher, then it'd be best to retake the exam.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Raunak.Sharma
    If I get a really good score when I graduate from school, but submit an application without my SAT results..will I still have a chance to get into top colleges.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user reshma.joshi
    I had taken SAT(2400) a couple of times. I had a good score. Since the SAT(1600) is now redesigned, would it be ok to take 3 times? I would like to improve. Is there any harm in retaking it?
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Video transcript

- Let's talk about deciding whether if you want to retake the SAT or not. If you're on the fence and you've only taken it once, it might be worth retaking, probably for two reasons. The majority of students typically tend to improve their score on the second time around. Colleges will generally look at your highest scores on the three different sections over a couple of different tests if necessary. If you're still unsure, there's a few questions to ask yourself when deciding. The first thing would be, where do you stand with the schools that you're interested in. One way of being able to do this is to look at the data the colleges will publish. Most schools will publish their SAT data in percentiles What they do is give you a range. They generally give you the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile. So what that means is 25% of their students fall below this range, who were enrolled at the school, and 25% fall above this range, who enrolled at this school. The numbers they give you are sort of the middle group of students. You can use that then to sort of benchmark where you are. If you're, let's take an example, say your critical reading score is a 500. The range at UCLA for the 25th percentile is a 560, and for the 75th percentile is a 690. So you're below that. You're in that bottom 25% of the class. My advice to you would be is to study and really try to move that score up. It would be a good idea to retake that test. If you scored a 600 on the critical reading for the SAT, then you're certainly more competitive at UCLA. You are between the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile. Again, you're more competitive, but it still may be something, a score that you may want to think about trying to push up if you haven't studied a lot, and still feel like you could do better. The SAT is more than just one section, so obviously UCLA has math scores and writing scores. The math range for SAT for UCLA is a 610 to a 740. The writing range is a 590 to a 710. Again, you can put your scores in those ranges and see how they match up. A second question you may want to ask yourself is what was your initial score. It's typically easier to bring up a very low score than to get the final few points on a higher score. A third thing to maybe think about is your results compared to your expectations. If you did a lot of studying, you took some practice exams, and you did about the same as you did on the practice test, that may be where you're going to be. If you scored a lot higher on a practice test, you may want to think about taking it again. Taking it that second time may be more comfortable, and you may be able to achieve the results you've done in practice tests. Finally, that preparation piece is important, so making sure you spend time and really understanding the test, to do the best you can do.