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Maximum number of times to take SAT/ ACT

runner2runner2 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
I have already taken the SAT twice and the ACT twice but I still am not happy with my scores. I got a 1710 the first time I took the SAT and a 1700 the second time. I got a 24 both times that I took the ACT. Is it a good idea to retake the SAT or ACT a third time?.
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Replies to: Maximum number of times to take SAT/ ACT

  • strosfanstrosfan Registered User Posts: 516 Member
    Yes because your scores aren't that high. I would typically say 3 is the max with some exceptions. I took it twice and I'm happy with my score
  • Xargon42Xargon42 Registered User Posts: 818 Member
    ya u can take each 3 times before any negative ramifications during the admissions process. prep carefully for each one because you basically have one shot left at each. good luck!
  • ShankadaTankaShankadaTanka Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    I do not agree. You just send the scores you want, I dont believe the admins. see how many times you take it. I have taken it 3 times so far ans will take it one more time.
  • beatfreaksbeatfreaks User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 360 Member
    Go ahead, but any more times after your third is only going to hurt you.
  • SirensongSirensong User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 963 Member
    statistically, you will have achieved your best score by the third time (almost always)
  • Charlie BrownCharlie Brown User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 788 Member
    "statistically, you will have achieved your best score by the third time (almost always)"

    This does not hold true if you prep thoroughly between tests.
  • dude109dude109 - Posts: 89 Junior Member
    It won't matter you can take them as much as you like, colleges will only look at your highest score, obviously if you are retaking and are getting owned on each test then you may look like you are just stupid, but other than that go ahead!
  • SirensongSirensong User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 963 Member
    "This does not hold true if you prep thoroughly between tests. "

    True, but if you haven't prepped for the first 3 tests, what would suggest that you'd prep for the fourth?

    Anyway, take the SAT a 3rd time if you want, but prep significantly before you do, because after 3 of the same scores, colleges will start to feel like the test has pretty much pegged you.
  • mabsjenbu123mabsjenbu123 Registered User Posts: 2,770 Senior Member
    With score choice, as many as you want.
  • Jayay90Jayay90 Registered User Posts: 266 Junior Member
    Agreeing with Sirensong. Statistically, only 11% of people take a third SAT and most of them due similarly (no drastic increases).

    Anymore than 3 and you just really like taking tests/wasting money.
  • 112358112358 Registered User Posts: 1,944 Senior Member
    Did you study between your first and second testings? If you didn't, take it again, but actually study this time. If you did, then you're unlikely to see improvement unless you do something drastically different.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 9,640 Senior Member
    "statistically, you will have achieved your best score by the third time (almost always)"

    This does not hold true if you prep thoroughly between tests.


    Statistically speaking, yes it does. The College Board has conducted studies that show that SAT test takers only show significant improvement between the first and second administrations of the test. Really, they show that the vast majority of students do not improve significantly after the *second* administration, so there's no reason to believe that there is a measurable difference after the 3.

    The SAT is designed to be statistically reliable. If a student scores a 1700 on the first admin and scores a 1710 on the second admin after a bit of prep, he or she is unlikely to score much better than a 1710 on their third admin.
  • runner2runner2 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    I did the Princton Review Course and Princeton refresher course for the SAT, which consisted of 8 practice tests. I felt that I was ready for the SAT, but my score was not what I was hoping for. For the ACT I practiced by myself using a prep book and took 4 practice tests. Does anyone have advice on how I could prep better for the ACT?
  • soccerrrgalsoccerrrgal Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    Well this is disheartening...haha not really but still.

    I was planning on taking the SAT a fourth time, but my scores have steadily increased by basically 100 points each time, and I'm determined to make the 4th time my last.
    1860->1990->2090

    Does that mean I shouldn't take it the 4th time. Will it look that bad?
  • cjgonecjgone - Posts: 1,520 Senior Member
    SAT has score choice now I thought?

    But the more you study in between the better off you are. Taking it mutiple times is very obnoxious, and just easier to take it less and study more in between.
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