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how many times should you take the SAT I?

agandhi93agandhi93 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
i took it in november and got a 1660: math 580, CR 580, writing 500, essay 6
i took it this saturday.
i am also planning on taking it in June.

and i MIGHT take it again in october if i feel i can do better and study over the summer.

is this a good plan or should i just scrap the october SAT.
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Replies to: how many times should you take the SAT I?

  • WhomovedmycheeseWhomovedmycheese Posts: 131Registered User Junior Member
    3 times max..try the ACT as well. I got the equivalent of a 1940 on the SAT with no sweat on the ACT but struggled with a 1750 on the SAT. Different ways the brains tick I guess.
  • agandhi93agandhi93 Posts: 54Registered User Junior Member
    why not 4 times? what's wrong with taking it 4 times?
  • NJchickNJchick Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    Technically, nothing's wrong with taking it 4 times-- it just supposedly "looks better" to colleges. Because even with score choice, many colleges look at ALL scores, or at least they have the power to. I heard that they can even see it when you cancel scores :O

    So basically, I guess colleges think taking it 3 times is enough? But honestly, there is no limit. Do whatever you want to :)
  • agc0319agc0319 Posts: 229User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    After 3 times you probably won't see any improvement.
  • zala2022zala2022 Posts: 633Registered User Member
    I say as many times as possible. Because (most) colleges now support score choice, the good old "3 times rule" in unnecessary since colleges only look at the respective highest scores. Not to mention statistically speaking, the more you take the higher chance you have of getting a higher score. I suspect those who are promoting the "3 times rule" are there to trick the other applicants (aka their competition) into being satisfied with their low sat scores.
  • MattNCMattNC Posts: 3,437- Member
    Many people say you have your biggest improvement your second go around.
  • HarveyLewisHarveyLewis Posts: 2,200Registered User Junior Member
    Technically, nothing's wrong with taking it 4 times-- it just supposedly "looks better" to colleges. Because even with score choice, many colleges look at ALL scores, or at least they have the power to. I heard that they can even see it when you cancel scores :O
    What a load of rot! Even with colleges that do not accept score choice have no power to actually enforce it. If you choose to only send one score, they are only going to see one score. Colleges only see what you send them. That's it.

    OP: Take it until you are satisfied with your score. Obviously if you've take it 4-5 times and your score is not changing even with a lot of prep, it might be time to stop. But otherwise, 2400s the limit! Just remember to maintain a good GPA and don't ignore your ECs.
  • KoretmKoretm Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    I guess some schools like Yale and Georgetown are looking for the times you have taken the sat,
    I will apply to columbia brown and tufts
    do you know if they use "my best scores from all of my tests"
    I took sat 3 times and planning to take the4th should i?? I can cancel the 3rd and take the december one..
    What SHOULD ı DO PLEASE HELP ME SHOULD I CANCEL THE THIRD?
  • orcaaaorcaaa Posts: 91Registered User Junior Member
    You are correct.
  • warlands719warlands719 Posts: 499Registered User Member
    Wait if you cancel it then they will know? Wow
  • johnlee625johnlee625 Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    It all depends and i'll tell you why based on my personal experience.
    -3 times if you feel you'll only improve by 50-100 points no matter how hard you try
    -4 times if you're sure you could increase it dramatically
    -as many times as you want and use "score choice" if you decide to study at an international college (again depends on which international college)
  • lsun07lsun07 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Most colleges don't want you to go over 3, but if you really think you can improve on the 4th try, maybe you can go for it.
  • hkobb7hkobb7 Posts: 174Registered User Junior Member
    The thing about taking it more than three times is that most (and keep in mind, this is most people) test-takers see their greatest improvement after their first SAT (or, for that matter, ACT). Their second test is generally much better (though this jump can be minimized by the amount of preparation that goes into the first test), the third marginally better or very similar, and the rest tend to hover around the same score, depending on the difficulty of the test and the alertness (for lack of a better word) of the test-taker. It's not as if colleges, seeing four or five tests, will deny you outright. Taking the SAT 9 times (it's been done, trust me) on a quixotic quest for a 2400 is foolhardy and an ill-thought out use of your time, in my opinion.
  • yodeloyodelo Posts: 1,073Registered User Senior Member
    I would take it 3 times max
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