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Does studying for the SAT really help? Should I retake it?

shammer8shammer8 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
I just took the March SAT, and as a Junior in high school, it was my first SAT experience. I just got my scores back: I got a 2000 combined; a 650 reading, 690 math, 660 writing, and a 10 on the essay. Although everyone I tell my scores to says I should be happy with the scores and forget about re-taking, I can't help but feel that I could have done better. I didn't study at all, and truthfully do not see how studying could really be very helpful for a test like this. What do those of you who have taken the test multiple times think? How would you recommend I go about studying? Should I just take the ACT and forget about it? Lastly, if you think that scores can be raised by studying, how much do you think I can expect to improve my scores by doing so?

(As a side note: this is my first post, and I am confused about the "Tags" section of the forum post. It says that I can use 25 tags, but when I entered 11 it told me I had 6 more than I was allowed. I then deleted 6, and it told me that I had 3 too many, in the end it only let me use 2 tags... can anyone explain why that would be?)
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Replies to: Does studying for the SAT really help? Should I retake it?

  • Swimfan1994Swimfan1994 Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
    Studying is definitely a major factor. My first test without studying was 2270 with 800 Math, 790 CR, and 690 Writing. I took it again after studying the writing section extensively and ended up getting an 800 on writing with an 80 MC and a 12 essay.
  • eastboundeastbound Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    any tips on how to strengthen one's essay, swimfan? congrats on your drastic improvement
  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Posts: 1,678Registered User Senior Member
    Take it again. Even without studying, some people do much better. My s improved over 100 points on Cr alone.It will expand your college options to push those reading and writing scores above 650. Try the ACT as well, my S did "better" in terms of percentile and it made a big difference for him.
  • ishanzishanz Posts: 164Registered User Junior Member
    Can an SAT score hold one back from acceptance at a top-tier college? I got an 1860 my first time, am I screwed if I never take it again?
  • shammer8shammer8 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the responses. I guess i just don't know whether it is worth retaking if i'm going to be taking the ACT as well. I am also not sure where to start as far as studying, because it seems to me that it is really a test of knowledge and a very broad variety of questions, so i don't understand how people can improve their scores so much by studying.
  • ATLMOM13ATLMOM13 Posts: 260- Junior Member
    If you can raise your scores into the 1400s on CR + M that will put you in a much better position applying to colleges and receiving merit scholarship consideration. You are obviously starting off with a solid base of knowledge so putting in some prep time should help raise all of your scores.
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