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Okay, hopefully those HIGH SAT'ers won't be too offended if I say a few things about what I (JUST me) feel that I have learned about the weight of the SAT score. D pretty much has everything else "going for her" with respect to academics i.e. 4.8 weighted GPA, valedictorian of class, hardest courses available to her, etc. She could not have done better in that regard. However, SAT was <only> 1400. Noticed that her <low> SAT score must be the main factor for her not having been selected for any of the scholar programs at the schools to which she has applied.. her ec's were good, too.. lots of leadership, community service, letters for 4 years in two sports, etc.. so what could the difference be but those selected have higher SAT's.. We have followed each schools boards as scholars were selected and they always seem to be different only in SAT scores (with the exception of only VERY few). SO, looking back at D's hs "career" we have concluded that our biggest mistake was her not taking courses to improve her SAT score and perhaps taking it only once (she did take the ACT - scored a 32). She also scored in the 700's on three SAT II's. She said she had enough testing and was done. Looking back she regrets not trying it one more time.. because her choice of college will be contingent on monies received and her top choices have not offered her anything to date. She is waiting to hear about admittance from four other schools but each has already notified merit recipients. Just wondering if anyone else has noticed this and also wanted to let younger kids parents know how WE feel the SAT score has weighed in OUR college experience. Should also note that D's reccomendations were from teachers who knew her really well and we are sure would have given her great reccs. Her essays were good (at least we thought so - subjective though so can't say much there). SAT's of merit people in the schools she applied to almost always were 1500+. I just don't think (MY opionion) that SAT's should carry so much weight in scholar programs..We really thought that as long as SAT's were good that they would look at everything before choosing scholars... but then again what do I know. I would like to hear opionions on this - we really thought she had a shot at some of those programs and are very disheartened to see that SAT's appear to carry so much weight. I would also like to hear from anyone who feels that we are wrong in our assumption.