Retake SAT or take Math Level II?
(I apologize in advance for the length.)
So here is my situation. I come from a small town with one public high school. Standards are awful, but I'm still shooting high and applying to high schools and some Ivies. I'm very worried about my scores, though:
SAT (March 2012; junior)
W: 800 (E: 11)
SAT Subject Tests (December 2011; junior)
Math Level 1: 720
Biology M: 650
SAT Subject Tests (May 2012; junior)
US History: 700
Math Level 1: 720
Biology E: 720
My SAT score was what I expected for my first sitting and only one practice test. I need to explain my Subject Tests though. In December, I thought that Literature would be easy and general English, and that my molecular semester of AP Biology (and one year of Pre-AP) would help me get high scores. I was wrong.
So I resolved to retake Math Level 1 in May, hoping to get an 800 this time. I also was preparing heavily for the APUSH and AP Biology exams, so I took the Subject Tests for US History and Biology E. I still scored a little lower than I would have liked on those two. Math Level 1's retake result upset me. I should have just take Math Level 2; I has an easy time in Pre-AP Pre-Calculus this year and the curve would have been way nicer.
So here's the dilemma: My app's are all due by January 1, 2013. That only leaves me with the September, October, and December SAT's. Due to marching band, I cannot take the exams in September or October. I only have one opportunity then--December.
If I retake my SAT, I am certain I could raise it and even it out more. However, that leaves me without the seemingly crucial Math Level II test, and relatively weak Subject Tests. Instead, I could take more Subject Tests in Math Level II... And maybe a Literature retake with prep for both.
However, then my ACT comes in, which is yet another element to consider:
ACT (April 2012; junior - sitting 2)
This is a good score, better than my SAT, and helpful since I want to be a Biology major! So now I'm really confused... What should I do? Which tests should I take? January would be too late, so this is very hard... Please help!