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Is a 710 Literature score worth sending to top schools?

jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
Hi guys.

I am a senior and just took literature and bio this past January, I needed the two subjects to send to a few schools that require them.

I made a 710 on literature, and an awful 640 on bio. I took the tests last minute because the schools that needed it were last minute decisions. I really wish I had time to retake them, or at least bio.

I am not sure whether I should go ahead and send in my 710 literature score to some other schools I've applied to (that don't require it) or whether it won't really help me because it's not 750+.

Will the score help?

Schools I applied to that don't need it:

Brown (top choice)
Duke
Notre Dame
Tufts
Wake Forest
Rice
Yale
Vanderbilt
BC

Also, would I have the option of sending just the 710? I don't want anyone to see the bio score that doesn't have to, and I don't want my SAT I going out either.

Thank you.
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Replies to: Is a 710 Literature score worth sending to top schools?

  • jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Also, I just realized that all my sat scores went out when I sent the subject tests, not just my sat IIs.... wonderful.
  • OceanzOceanz Posts: 98Registered User Junior Member
    I don't know, I think 710 is a pretty good score! It might not be as good as some of your peers' scores, but it's still a good score. If you have good essays and the rest of your application is solid, I don't think it will hurt you too much.

    ...either way, you've already sent them so all you can do now is wait.
  • jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Okay, I may go ahead and send it in.

    Anyone else have any input?
  • BillyMcBillyMc Posts: 7,753. Senior Member
    710 in Lit is better than 710 in most other subjects. Look at the percentiles, that's important.

    Here: http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/highered/ra/sat/SAT_subject_tests_percentile_ranks.pdf

    The chart is 2007-8. There have been minor variations since (like I know 800 WH is now 95th percentile. But my Lit percentile matches up to what's given there).
  • RedCatharsisRedCatharsis Posts: 483Registered User Member
    I agree with the above poster: I was rather skilled in literary analysis while I was in high school and I got 690 first take and750 second take on it. It's honestly a really difficult test.
  • jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you BillyMc and RedCatharsis, that was very helpful.

    So, is the general consensus is that it's worth sending for a student who submitted a 33 ACT (E: 36, R:33, M:32, S:30) and has a > 3.9 GPA?
  • GreedIsGoodGreedIsGood Posts: 2,039Registered User Senior Member
    Percentiles aren't that important. The reason lit's %tiles are higher than other subjects is the 'self selecting' group is actually dumb compared to the other subjects. Everyone assumes that literature will be easy.
  • BillyMcBillyMc Posts: 7,753. Senior Member
    Percentiles do have a place in consideration, actually. Whereas many urge against sending sub-800 Math II scores to very top colleges, sub-800 Bio scores are viewed as better.

    Lit isn't just about self-selection. I had completed two college literature courses a few months prior to my 790 Lit score. I had completed AP World History a year and a half before my 800 World Hist score (same date as 790 lit). History and literature are among my best subjects, and World History was clearly easier than Literature, which confirmed the judgment of the percentiles (800WH was 95th percentile, 790LIT was 99th percentile). A certain score on Lit is as or more impressive than that score on another test.
  • jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    BillyMc (or others), if you were me would you send it at this point?
  • BillyMcBillyMc Posts: 7,753. Senior Member
    Schools I would send it to:

    Tufts
    Wake Forest
    Rice
    Vanderbilt
    BC

    It isn't really necessary, given your good ACT and good GPA, but I think it would at least help a little at the above schools. It won't be exceptional (you did already get 36 W, 33 R), but it should be some advantage. That's what I would do, at least.
  • BonjourGinnyBonjourGinny Posts: 42Registered User New Member
    I'd send it. It's not a bad score.
    I bombed (and I mean bombed) the Chem SAT ii test last year (as a sophomore, and I was in the middle of moving, etc etc so many excuses), and my current plan is to get as high a score on the AP Chem exam to prove I can "grow" as a student.
    But, as a senior, you don't really have that option.
    I say send the Lit one, most definitely. It's not a bad score at all.
  • jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    Not to Brown? I suppose a 710 would look pretty weak in their eyes, and with the 36/33 in E/R I suppose isn't worth it. I think I will probably go ahead and do that.

    Thanks.
  • jobrennjobrenn Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    And I appreciate the prompt replies.
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