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agun77
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Last March, I took the SAT and achieved a composite score of 2310 (800 CR, 760 M, 750 W). The Math curve was infuriatingly harsh that month, and I lost 40 points for one wrong answer.

I am a bit worried about this, because according to the College Board website, Caltech's middle 50% of SAT Math scores was 770-800, which puts me in the bottom 25%. I fear that I could be at a disadvantage compared to the many other Asians who score 800s on Math. I did score 800 on Math Level 2, but I feel that is fairly common among Caltech applicants.

Should I retake the SAT to raise my Math score, or do you think I should leave it as it is? By the way, I am better at ACT Math, but I don't know if any colleges pay much attention to ACT subscores.

I am a bit worried about this, because according to the College Board website, Caltech's middle 50% of SAT Math scores was 770-800, which puts me in the bottom 25%. I fear that I could be at a disadvantage compared to the many other Asians who score 800s on Math. I did score 800 on Math Level 2, but I feel that is fairly common among Caltech applicants.

Should I retake the SAT to raise my Math score, or do you think I should leave it as it is? By the way, I am better at ACT Math, but I don't know if any colleges pay much attention to ACT subscores.

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## Replies to: Retake 760 Math for Caltech?

1,474Senior Member...the rest, the intangibles...we can't predict.

7New MemberI have a lot of other friends who qualified for USNCO camp or won ARML, and the thing is, it's kind of a point of pride for us to brag about how much we failed SAT (because it's obvious that it's beneath us lol).

While that may be a bit extreme, there is a point to our madness - please don't care too much about SAT scores, as long as you demonstrate that you don't actually fail at math. A 760 and an 800 are pretty much the same thing, especially for math, which has a harsh curve. Qualify for USAMO this year or something, and the 760 truly makes no difference at all. Your other stats should prove that you're already a great mathematician.

770Member376Member6,768Senior MemberThey won't care at all about the difference between 760 and 800. Getting one wrong on a remedial test is not a black mark; people are allowed to make one stupid mistake.

If two people both qualify for AIME with the same score, and one has a 760 and the other 800, the person with the 800 doesn't have any advantage. The decision will be made some other way.

2,122Senior Member6,768Senior MemberMy opinion is if you make ARML or qualify for the AIME, then getting 800 SAT math is not an advantage over 760. That is, good performance on a much harder math exam shows that the 760 is the result of a stupid mistake, and that will not be viewed as having any bearing on performance at Caltech.

1,002Senior Member6,768Senior Member