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good sat but bad subject tests?

elephantayeeelephantayee Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
I took 3 sat subjects test and got:

Math 2 - 680
Lit - 600
Bio M - 620

I know they are absolutely horrible, especially since I want to get into an Ivy League. But, is there anyway high 1400s on the SAT can make up for them? I am taking the SAT in two weeks, and it's senior year for me. I just want to wrap all this testing up. Because I realllllly do not want to take more exams. I feel as though if I spend the amount of time I study for them into my college essays, and tell my story I might be okay. But, I want an unbiased opinion.

Replies to: good sat but bad subject tests?

  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 34,107 Super Moderator
    Just remember the schools you are referring to will be crapshoots no matter what. Those scores certainly won't help.
  • AlumonAlumon Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
    These scores probably will not help with your application, and writing about how much you studied for them could sound like you are excusing your bad test scores. Taking the SAT Reasoning Test (the SAT 1) could possibly make your situation worse, considering that your score report with that 1400 SAT score will also show your SAT Subject Tests. However, taking the ACT might help because then you do not have to send in any subject test scores.

    To answer your question directly, a good SAT score will not make up for your subject test scores. I would advise retaking the subject tests (an unfortunate reality, but something you might have to do) or take the ACT and apply to places that do not require the SAT Subject Tests.

    Wish you luck.

    @elephantayee
  • elephantayeeelephantayee Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Good Point @Erin's Dad

    @Alumon Oh no! I am not going to write about the exams for college! Oh heck no! Or are you talking about this forum? To clear things up, I meant that instead of spending hours studying for more exams. I could use that time to write about my unique story (I am a low-income immigrant). You are right about the score report. I will consider what you said, thanks :)
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,441 Senior Member
    OP, you need to apply to schools where your current test scores and grades mean you have a realistic shot of getting in. Your test scores right now will not help you, and even a score in the high 1400 range is likely to be in the lower range for Ivy League schools.

    I am not trying to be mean, but your essay idea, while unique to you, is not unique to admissions officers. By all means, write your story, but do not assume it will overcome test scores.
  • justverycuriousjustverycurious Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    edited August 18
    A recruited highly ranked athlete to an Ivy who's SAT was in the high 1400's was still told by the coach to retake the SAT to get a much better score to increase his chances for admission. His SAT2 scores were also needed to be above 700's. Therefore even a student with a very strong hook will have issues with admissions with average scores. If you were an athlete being recruit, the 1400 on the SAT may be doable, but the low SAT2s will certainly not help.
  • elephantayeeelephantayee Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    @Lindagaf Oh believe me, I got some of those schools on my list! I do not want to end up at the local community college, because I only applied to ivy leagues.

    @justverycurious Thank you for your advice! I still have time to retake them. :) I'm just focusing on the SAT next week first haha.
  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk Registered User Posts: 629 Member
    when you say immigrant, are you first in your family to attend college? it may help a little but I'd agree with the others to retake the, also if you know you're going to major in stem, you don't have to retake the Lit, similarly if you're going to non-stem, you don't need to retake bio.
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