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How much will one bad sat II affect admissions chances?

caddyshack233caddyshack233 Posts: 212Registered User Junior Member
I took the US History and Chemistry Sat subject tests last week however i did not do well on the chemistry one.(I took regents chemistry this year and i only learned after the test that most kids who take it are in honors/AP chem) Im guessing i got between a 600 - 650 but possibly lower. How will this low score look to colleges? should i plan on taking more tests in the fall so i can get 3 good test scores? Most schools im looking at do not require sat IIs however they do say that they help in admissions.
I know i did very well on US history, at least a 780 or so. I've seen topics on taking over SAT II's but that dosnt seem right to me...would it make sense to the chem one over? or should i just get better scores in the fall on different ones so i can send my best 3 instead. (even though colleges see all test results right?)
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Replies to: How much will one bad sat II affect admissions chances?

  • Eugene SEugene S Posts: 218Registered User Junior Member
    yeah don't worry about it. if you get a 650, then just shrug it off and try not to obsess over it (what's done is done). i've seen many who retake a bad test the next year, only to find themselves doing worse since they forgot many topics from the class. if u have 3 others that are muoch better, then it shouldn't even matter at all.
  • kimjm-white27kimjm-white27 Posts: 187Registered User Junior Member
    do the colleges even care if you have one bad sat 2 score, as long as you have good scores on other three subjects?
  • Eugene SEugene S Posts: 218Registered User Junior Member
    that completely depends on the specific cololeges you are interested in. For instance, when i visited MIT, they said they want a mathIC/IIC score, a science score, and one score of anything else. For example, if u had a 790 math IIC, a 800 chem, a 760 U.S. History, and a 580 Latin, then the 580 Latin would be ignored completely. However, if the chemistry was a 600, then it wold be counted, since they want the one science score (unless you had another science, such as biology).

    Some other colleges want 2 or 3 of any type of SAT II. In that case if you had 6 tests, they would take the best ones, or whichever ones that you specify.
  • merudh123merudh123 Posts: 1,064Registered User Senior Member
    you wanna go to MIT too?...that's my dream school
  • Eugene SEugene S Posts: 218Registered User Junior Member
    Good luck. I'm rootin' for you.
  • madskier87madskier87 Posts: 204- Junior Member
    hahaha, MIT seems to be a popular place on this forum. I visited the campus (even though I have no chance of being admitted) and actually found I did not like it too much. The new architecture is nice and all, but I was overall unimpressed by the housing available, the noise, and the surroundings. I live outside of Boston in a suburban area so I guess maybe I'm not use to city life. Additionally, I've had friends go there that say all the equipment and money is dedicated to graduate students. Undergrad. labs are all pot-luck. But the real reason one would enroll there is for the plethora of knowledge, the highly intelligent people, and the prestige. Good luck guys
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