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Should I report a 690 in Literature?

lurerofsendlurerofsend Posts: 29Registered User New Member
edited November 2007 in College Admissions
I got a 690 in Lit this October on the SAT IIs. I was expecting a 700 or so, so my prediction wasn't too far off. I knew the test was going to be hard so it's my fault for taking it in the first place, knowing I could not do too well.

I already have a 740 and a 750+ in two other SAT IIs. The only thing is, they are the Math SAT II and a language SAT II (my native language).

Should I report the 690 anyways? I did not report it for Yale SCEA, but it will be in my score report. Other schools I'm applying to are around the same caliber (Columbia, Stanford, etc).
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Replies to: Should I report a 690 in Literature?

  • -Lurker--Lurker- Posts: 1,420Registered User Senior Member
    ALL sat scores are on the same sheet, you can't pick and choose
  • quaerequaere Posts: 1,264Registered User Senior Member
    Report it. A 690 in Lit is not bad.
  • lurerofsendlurerofsend Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    Even if I'm applying to Columbia/Stanford/Duke (along with other non-reach schools)?

    Lurker: I know they will see it; I meant should I report it on my Common Application for them to consider as one of my SAT IIs.

    Thanks for the responses!
  • railorainerailoraine Posts: 114Registered User Junior Member
    Don't you need to report three for some of those schools anyway? Do you have another test to list instead? 690 sounds good to me... On SAT 1 690 is around top 5%, right? Is the percentage for this test comparable? If so, list it.
  • lurerofsendlurerofsend Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    No, I think only Harvard and Princeton make you report 3 SAT IIs.

    Most of the stuff in my application indicate that I am NOT math/science oriented. If I'm going with an angle in humanities/liberal arts, wouldn't a 690 in Literature hurt a little? Or do college adcoms know that it's a difficult SAT II and a 690 is okay?
  • rodneyrodney Posts: 9,406Registered User Senior Member
    Know of a kid at Columbia this year, freshman, got a 690 on SATIIlit....Does that answer your question?
  • KeshiraKeshira Posts: 1,148Registered User Member
    List it only for schools where it is competitive or where it is required to have a third score. You were right to omit it for Yale. Yes, the test is a hard test but the tests are scored on a curve, I believe, so it still only reflects a top 5% -or whatever percentile- score.
  • jackbermjackberm Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
  • frutiaspicefrutiaspice Posts: 1,265Registered User Senior Member
    It'll show up when you send your score report so it really isn't a matter of whether you should or not.

    However, you should still report it on the common app as it is a solid score and you may look dishonest if it shows up on your score report but not on the application.
  • railorainerailoraine Posts: 114Registered User Junior Member
    If it is only 80th percentile, I wouldn't list it... That is the equivalent of a 25 on the ACT English section... It would probably be great for most schools, but you want to get into universities where students with perfect stats are rejected on a regular basis. I don't know anything about SAT 2; and if you want to list it just because they will see it anyway, that is valid; however, 690 sounds a lot better than 80% and if they know the percentile, that score will not help you (especially if you want to play the english/humanities angle).

    You probably shouldn't take me seriously though. Everyone else says that it is a good score. I was just surprised because 690 on the SAT 1 is around 95%...
  • 99cents99cents Posts: 1,088Registered User Member
    It's not a bad score. Particular for this test.
  • lurerofsendlurerofsend Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    Thanks everyone! If it makes a difference, my SAT I's are 800 Math and 750+ for Critical Reading and Writing (Essay 12).

    I wonder if by not self-reporting it, will they look at my score report and decide whether or not to consider the 690 Literature? So if it will hurt my application, will they disregard it since I did not self-report it (and consider it if it doesn't hurt)? I'm probably being much too hopeful...
  • BalletGirlBalletGirl Posts: 905Registered User Member
    Just chill!!!! You will be fine. Getting agitated over a 690 as your lowest SATII score is bordering on neurotic. Be more confident, it's more attractive! ;)
  • railorainerailoraine Posts: 114Registered User Junior Member
    "So if it will hurt my application, will they disregard it since I did not self-report it (and consider it if it doesn't hurt)"

    Call the schools and ask. I'm sure that many people have asked the same question.
  • TheotherguyTheotherguy Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    If you don't report it, schools will take it as a bad sign.
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