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GPA over the SAT

member146member146 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
I am an A- student on average and I take all honor classes and one AP. My unweighted GPA right now is 3.88/4 and my weighted GPA is 4.19/4.5. This is just my junior year. I averaged an A+ freshman year and a A- sophomore year. So basically my grades are pretty good but my SAT grades on the other hand do not go with my grades. I got a 1800 and the schools I want to get into have a 2100 average SAT score. Do I have a chance of entering those? My GPA score meets the standard and passes it for some schools but is it strong enough to compensate for my low SAT scores?

Replies to: GPA over the SAT

  • PusatShradePusatShrade Posts: 144Registered User Junior Member
    What are the school you wanna get into?
  • member146member146 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Renessaeler Polytechnic Institute, Stanford University, University of California: Berkley, University of Michigan:Ann harbor, Williams College, Upenn
  • CraigBurke21CraigBurke21 Posts: 55Registered User Junior Member
    I hate to burst your bubble but in this day and age, SAT scores are nearly as important. In fact, if you want to have a shot at your dream schools, an 1800 is simply not going to cut it. However, so long as your activities are strong and your GPA remains as is, SAT scores may or may not affect you as much. Good luck!
  • PusatShradePusatShrade Posts: 144Registered User Junior Member
    I see. Well, rather than your GPA, your class rank is more important. And while you can be of consideration if you have outstanding EC's for those colleges, it is wise for you to practice and go over 2100 in your next SAT. Good luck!
  • PusatShradePusatShrade Posts: 144Registered User Junior Member
    And there is really no compensation if you are trying to get into the schools you've mentiomed above. Those are schools that look for students that have both good SAT and GPA scores. Your SAT score is good, but you can practice and get a higher score and you will definitely be a good shot!

    Good luck!
  • member146member146 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Thanks guys! For some reason standardized tests are not my thing but I'll work at it. I plan on taking the SAT once more in May and in the fall of my senior year. Is there really a shot for improvement like about 200 or 300 points?
  • CT1417CT1417 Posts: 2,886Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, there is a chance to improve 200-300 points but you will have to actively work at it by taking practice exams and analyzing your incorrect answers.
  • member146member146 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    I'm planning on giving it all I've got. Thank you for the advice every one :)
  • YoHoYoHoYoHoYoHo Posts: 1,962Registered User Senior Member
    Try the ACT
  • member146member146 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    Yes I will take that in april and I have gotten a 29 score on my first practice score. Can I send my ACT score instead of my SAT score?
  • crazymomstercrazymomster Posts: 1,872Registered User Senior Member
    Indeed try the ACT. You need to score over a 30 however. Keep practicing and reviewing missed questions.

    Some schools will allow you to send the ACT instead of the SAT, some will not. You need to check the policy of each school.

  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 29,946Super Moderator Senior Member
    ALL schools accept either the ACT or the SAT.
  • thelearned1thelearned1 Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    well done
  • fnl012fnl012 Posts: 181Registered User Junior Member
    literally the GPA and the school you attend is the most important thing... regardless of what everyone else is saying.

    how are colleges supposed to judge u on 4 hours of your life, instead of 4 or even 5 years of high school (if your 8th grade classes count for credits)
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 29,946Super Moderator Senior Member
    @fnl012, you should do a little research before making sweeping statements. It is true GPA is usually the most important attribute for college admission but not always. At UTexas class rank has the most weight. At U Nebraska (and U South Carolina) scores are very important while GPA is only considered. This information is in the Common Data Set for each school, section C7.
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