I just found out my SAT score, and I am very upset. I am a junior in high school, and took the SAT for the first time a couple weeks ago. I received a 1350 (out of 2400), please do not laugh!
450 Writing (8 on essay)
I took a SAT Prep class for $90 dolllars at my school which was useless. I have the official SAT Blue Book, but never did the practice tests. I did read all of the beginning chapters about each section though. I did take a practice test online at College Board and recieved a 1450:
500 Writing (10 on essay)
I know I could have studied more, but it is very hard with my schoolwork. I am a huge procrastinator, so this is the reason why. Every time I take a practice test, I never had time to actually go back and understand why I got it wrong because I am exhausted. It took me four hours to do one test. I also did much better on the practice tests in the school prep class (higher than college board practice test). I have stress anxiety and I am a terrible test taker. I have always scored "average" on standarized tests growing up as a kid. I have been obsessed with the admissions process since 8th grade; NYU has always been my dream school (not happening now lol). I am very bad at timed tests as well and feel rushed; I really didn't think I did that bad. I am in integrated algebra 2, and I really didn't learn all the math on the SAT. I also very bad at geometry and trig, but better at algerba. I also didn't answer as many questions on the previous practice test, but hate leaving answers blank. I did leave some blank though.
I am taking the ACT Saturday, and I am less prepared than the SAT. I have looked over the offical prep book, but I have been really busy with school work. My plan is to retake the test I do better on; I have a feeling I will do much better on the ACT. I really want to give the test my all the second time I take it. Should I retake the test in May/June or in August/September? I can study all of June, but will be in France as an exchange student in July. My cousins girlfriend received a 1550 on the SAT, but a 29 on the ACT (so I have faith).
I am very upset because I try very hard and have taken mostly all AP/Honors throughout high school. I have a 3.4 cumulative GPA. I am definitly not an average kid who takes all regular classes and can careless about school. I will have about 5 AP Classes by the time I graduate and 12 Honors Classes. I received an academic letter this year, and I have an upward trend. My GPA went up three points sophomore year. I have always exceeded in social studies/language arts, but science and math are my week points. I did get an A in Honors Chemistry though, and have taken AP classes since I was a freshman. My school DOES NOT grade inflate at all; I have to earn all of my grades. My SAT scores and my GPA/curriculum do not mix. My current junior schedule includes:
AP US History
Honors French II
Honors Language Arts
Integrated Algebra II (only CP class, was in honors freshman year)
Acting (have been in drama since I was a freshman)
I am very afraid all of my work will go to waste because of my SAT scores. I cannot even attend a "decent" instate (Georgia) college with my SAT scores. I was going to do dual enrollment next year, but now I don't even qualify. I will be upset if I go to a college where I could have gotten into with all easy classes. I know I am not the average "CC" student by any means, so I was afraid to release my scores because of all the ridicule. The standards are way higher here than in the real world, but my SAT scores are terrible outside CC too.
I want to become a print journalist and write specifially for the arts or become a talent agent/casting director. I am also interested in the social sciences, and I have a big passion for the Holocaust. I have been acting since six and have been in more than twenty plays, but I do not want to major in drama. I have also been on the swim team since freshman year. I have spent hours/days researching schools, so I know a lot about the process (look at my word count). I would really love urban LACs, but I am very open. A journalism major is not manatory, although I would perfer it. I am somewhat artsy, but not really. I am not preppy or hippy at all. I have never fit in with the drama kids, and I have never done drugs or been drunk. NYU, Vassar, and Emerson have been my top choices, but my list is going to change.
I really love all of the College that Change Lives schools, but they tend to be a little too rural. I want to stick to SAT Optional Colleges which gives good aid. I also want a chance to get a merit scholarship without submiting test scores (so schools like Goucher would not work). I am fine with suburban/urban colleges in the Northeast, Midwest, California/Oregon/Washington, and Florida. My parents are looking to afford a school around 20k overall, so we need decent aid. The College of Wooster was a good example, they gave merit scholarships to 90% of incoming freshman. I want as little debt as possible. I also love open curriculums and schools which have a lot more girls than guys (I'm a dude). I have already looked at: Urinsus, Conn College, Wheaton College (MA), etc.
I would appreciate any general advice or college suggestions. I also realize how terrible I did on the SAT, but I cannot go back in time. I was actually a lot less stressed, carefree, and relaxed when I took it. Thanks!