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Should college student re-take SAT to improve transfer chance?

MarshMehlowMarshMehlow Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
edited January 2013 in Transfer Students
Hello all!
Let's cut straight to the chase. I took the SAT 2 years ago, after a 5 year gap between HS and the test, and got a dismal but predictable score of 1540 out of 2400. Right now I've completed the pre-engineering program at my college with an overall GPA of 3.8, and 4.0 for core engineering courses. I want to transfer into a university with good reputation in engineering, but I fear my low SAT score will hold me back. So, should I re-take SAT? Can I even take it as a college student?

Also, I think I should mention that I'm a GED recipient, if that means anything. I dropped out of HS after my sophomore year due to some health related issues.

Thanks in advance!!
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Replies to: Should college student re-take SAT to improve transfer chance?

  • bottlecap1990bottlecap1990 Posts: 737- Member
    Here is your option

    1) If you have 30+ college credits then colleges won't really weigh that into admission unless the college you are applying to REQUIRE them.

    2) If you have less than 30+ credits, spend a few more semesters or take the SAT to improve your chances.


    It is always better to transfer when you have at least 30 credits.

    good luck.
  • NotAClueNotAClue Posts: 456Registered User Member
    It TOTALLY depends on where you want to transfer. Some schools specify scores as little as 2 years old will not be considered while others will take any scores. Some schools specifically state NOT to retake the SATs while others encourage it.

    If you want to take it for personal satisfaction go ahead and take it. I think I read somewhere about a 60 yr old taking the SATs. Anyone can just register and take the test.
  • dkodko Posts: 391Registered User Member
    I would like to jump in there and ask this:

    I have about 45 credits and will slightly be over 60 credits by the end of my sophomore year. I am applying as a junior transfer to very selective schools for fall 11. I am however wondering if I should even bother doing so as my SAT were even lower but still in the same range as the OP's. I am international and have spent 2 semesters after high school graduation taking ESL classes.

    I am majoring in EE and I am an athlete (Soccer since fall 10). What I think could help me overcome this horrible score is my GPA which is above 3.8 as of now and also the extra curricular activities here and there like tutoring and such..

    I want some feedback on my situation. I have read a lot about schools not caring much about SAT scores for juniors but some scores like mine will most definitely raise eyebrows. So any opinion?
  • NotAClueNotAClue Posts: 456Registered User Member
    I wouldn't worry too much about the low scores. That being said I would try to focus on schools that either don't require SATs for Junior transfers or downplay the importance of them.

    Overall, just try to focus on college. If you are taking a solid courseload including Calc 1-3 and Chem to prepare for EE(I'm assuming you mean Electrical Engineering although it just struck me you could have meant Elementary Education) and you have a 3.8 you should be fine.
  • dkodko Posts: 391Registered User Member
    Thanks for replying NotAClue. I have indeed taken some solid courses including:

    Circuits I
    Digital Logic Design
    Chemistry
    Calc I and 2
    Linear and Differential Equation
    and more ...
    I also play soccer NCAA division 3

    I definitely should focus on schools that downplay the importance of them. However, it is kind of hard as most good schools will ask you to submit them. I was even asked to submit them for an internship application . Those scores will haunt me for ever :(

    The Columbia Fu eng. school is one of the school that I am going for and I am self-conscious of the fact that those scores will affect me greatly.
  • MarshMehlowMarshMehlow Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for all the input everyone!
    dko, we seem to be in a similar boat. I plan to major in EE too, although I don't plan on transfer to Columbia. It is a bit of a stretch for me, lol. But I checked Columbia's website, and they do require SAT scores for transfer students, regardless of the whether you plan to transfer as a junior or sophomore.
  • bottlecap1990bottlecap1990 Posts: 737- Member
    is EE electrical engineering?
  • dkodko Posts: 391Registered User Member
    ^Yes.

    @ MarshMehlow:

    Yes columbia do require them and the interesting part is I was already denied admission as a freshman there. Now that I look back, I ask myself what I was thinking back then. lol. I guess the only way to know whether or not I will be accepted is to reapply regardless.

    It is just hard to do so knowing that two years of hard work still won't be enough.
  • MarshMehlowMarshMehlow Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Yea, I don't think EE means anything else in engineering.
  • MarshMehlowMarshMehlow Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    @dko

    3.8 college GPA should put you in the competitive range for admission, even for columbia. I think most of the top private universities require SAT so you might want to re-take it.
  • dkodko Posts: 391Registered User Member
    Thanks for your input guys.
  • 2college2college2college2college Posts: 1,523- Senior Member
    SAT scores very much matter at colleges that adk for them, especially when coming from a CC or low ranked college and applying to very selective ones. Absolutely retake if allowed.
  • dkodko Posts: 391Registered User Member
    2college2college, I wish I could take your advice and retake them but at this point in time, I am afraid it is too late. I know what you mean though. I am a sophomore in electrical engineering at a four year private school, NYU-Poly. It is not doing very well in rankings and recognition but I believe its engineering academic program has what it takes to hopefully be considered by Columbia adcoms. I really want to transfer out because I want to accomplish things and take classes that I can't take at my current institution.

    My school is in a very awkward merger process with NYU and the whole operation affects greatly the current students academically.
  • Daniel9384Daniel9384 Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Hello, sir, I just read your questions on this website. I am a current undergrad students who want to transfer too, and my situation is kind of same as you. So I would like to know how's your transfer stuff going? I hope you can into the school which you want, but can you tell me what is the results? cuz thats might be my results later! haha
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,661Registered User Senior Member
    ^Daniel, if you click on the member's name, you will get an option to look at more posts. Doing this, you will see that the OP has not been active for a couple of years.

    Please use old threads for information only, use the New Thread button to ask your questions.
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