@shravas Of course. But there's no denying that even though getting a 2100 may place you in the "academically qualified" range for MIT, so many applicants are in this range. A higher score will boost your chances of admission, and saying that the SAT doesn't matter beyond the 2100 mark is fairly naive (especially because the difference between a 2100 and a 2300+ is significant).
However, that being said, it's not worth the effort to try to retake a 760+ in a particular area, as the difference between a 760 and an 800 is so so much smaller than the difference between 700 and 800. Though on subject tests, the "don't retake" threshold is more like 770/780+, it really depends on the test.
MIT admissions officers state that they don't differentiate between SAT scores of 700 and 800 on a section. I do not think they're lying. I know Collegeboard says that the difference between scores of 700 and 800 are significant, but surprisingly enough, there's more to college applications than SAT scores.
Lidusha is a white, female, Russian immigrant, and as of a few years ago an American citizen. And *definitely* still would have gotten in even if she were male, if that's what you're thinking.
LOL. Definitely the ideal response.
I do not know what MIT means precisely when it does not differentiate between 700 and 800. My view is that those two scores often represent a difference, but the skills required to succeed in serious analytical work are so different that a number of other factors can validate or invalidate the student's potential regardless of whether the score was a 700 or an 800, particularly on the SAT I.
Though on subject tests, the "don't retake" threshold is more like 770/780+, it really depends on the test.
Well, I think that's slightly rigid. I definitely think on SAT II Math, it's pretty easy to get an 800, but I'd say if you score 750+ on a subject test, it might not be worth it that much. I think people do better on the subject tests if their school curriculum was a little closer to the test or if they spent a little extra time with a prep book.
I wouldn't retake your SAT I, OP. But that's just one voice out there. I doubt it will make a difference in your ultimate result, and your score is very good. I was very against taking the SAT I more than once, because it's boring. I think a 2400 is quite nifty, and I highly doubt I'd get one on any given sitting anyway, despite finding it reasonably easy to score high. It doesn't matter ultimately.
If you got a 700 in math, I'd maybe retake it, because MIT isn't the only school you're applying to, and the odds of getting into MIT in any given year are slim for a vast majority of applicants, so you want to boost your chances at getting into some awesome school.
Colleges say that they have no preference between 800 and 750, but that's a pretty big fat lie. I don't want to go into it but there's tons of data that support it.
My general observation: if your overall SAT I score is high, then the difference between an 800 and 750 matters very little. If you have one 700 and two 750s, all of a sudden it looks like a significantly different score.
I'm pretty sure a 2330 is a good enough score that it's going to be other factors which really make or break you, plus, it seems a high enough score that there's not necessarily a good guarantee at getting a 2400 with more preparation. It's one reason I didn't want to take the SAT I more than once as long as I did very well the first time.
One thing I'll really give to you is that you're emphasizing "colleges" in general, not just MIT.
I got in early action with a 740 in Math (800 in the reading and writing). That was my third time taking the SATs, because I needed to get my math score above 700. I got a 5 on the BC Calc exam, and math is my best subject in school, but I tend to make stupid mistakes on the SATs.
I got a 780 on Math II after retaking it. I had a 740 the first time, which was very frustrating, considering I got a 800 on my first practice test. :P
Do not retake it. Your score is fantastic and very impressive. It doesn't guarantee you a spot, but retaking won't do a single thing for you.
Spend the time you have perfecting your essays/EC's. I don't know if you know (I went through the whole college process, etc), but there's ALOT more to a college app than SAT scores. Most people don't realize this, sadly enough.
I'm in the same situation but with ACT. My composite is 32: 27E/32M/35M/32S I know it would look better if my english score goes up ( English second language so grammars kill me). Is this an acceptable score or should i retake until I get 30 or higher? The 5% accept tance rate for 27E make me sad