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SAT vs GPA, which is more important?

crazyforeecrazyforee Posts: 263Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2004 in College Admissions
i've seen ppl with much lower GPA got into schools like purdue and uiuc, such as a 3.2 uw, but they do have a 1300+ SAT,,, it makes me wonder if a 3.7 looks that much better than a 3.2? for uw, and does a 1200 looks that much worse than a 1350?
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Replies to: SAT vs GPA, which is more important?

  • chibearsfan17chibearsfan17 Posts: 1,267Registered User Senior Member
    Go to collegeboard.com and check a) which the university values more and b)the middle percentiles and that should give you a good idea. In general, state schools like the ones you're talkin about are just a big number crunch anyways, so you can bet that 3.7 is significantly better than a 3.2
  • crazyforeecrazyforee Posts: 263Registered User Junior Member
    thanks, it makes me feel much better, but that not much though,, i wish my scores were higher :(:(:( as we all do
  • neeleshneelesh Posts: 1,285Registered User Senior Member
    it depends. in public schools, gpa matters a bit more, while in private, SAT matters more. ranking also matters a lot in public AND private....so at purdue,a 4.0 1200 SAT probably looks better than a 3.2 w/ 1300 SAT...but that is just a guess...
  • kfc4ukfc4u Posts: 3,415Registered User Senior Member
    if i were dean of admissions at some college, i'd place preference on GPA because it measures 3 years of rigorous, well-rounded coursework. to me, sat test scores dont correlate with the potential success of a student or sometimes even how smart s/he is. just my 2 cents
  • nirvana33nirvana33 Posts: 381Registered User Member
    SATs are, in theory, "standardized" though, so it allows colleges to better compare one student to another if they aren't familiar with the competitiveness of the students' high schools. Well..maybe thats just my own wishful thinking. I have a 3.2 and a 1460, so I'm really hoping the schools i'm applying to take SATs into high consideration.
  • SchwabySchwaby Posts: 875Registered User Member
    GPA, definitely.
  • mediocretesmediocretes Posts: 448Registered User Junior Member
    SATs do correlate with success, slightly better than GPA does.
  • crazyforeecrazyforee Posts: 263Registered User Junior Member
    i personally think SAT is the most useless thing ever. it was made to recruit military officers or something like that. however i do think ACT measures more about a student's academics, they dont use stupid things like analogies and sentence completion, the math questions in the SAT aren't math at all, it only requires algebra 2 skills,, anyway,, i'm hoping GPA weighs a lot more than SAT,,, come on, 3 yrs worth of studying vs. a test sore?
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