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Taking the SAT 3 times

deeboggledeeboggle Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2008 in University of Pennsylvania
I took the SAT's for a third time today. My last two tests were in Dec and Jan. I planned to study over the summer but didn't really get a chance to do so. But since I had already signed up, I decided to just go for it and try not to make stupid mistakes.

However, I know I made foolish mistakes. I probably got -2 in Math; I got 760 last two times. I got at least two SC questions wrong but I think I did well on the passages, but still probably got about the same as last time around -5. I think my writing score improved a lot though. I got a 680 :( last time, but I think I can get a 780 this time.

How will colleges and in particular UPenn view taking SAT's 3 times? I might just cancel my score because I don't think my math or CR improved at all. I don't know if its worth keeping for the writing. Is taking the SAT 3 time ok or too much. Also, do I have to write on my common app, my scores from all 3 sittings?
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Replies to: Taking the SAT 3 times

  • moizuhkmoizuhk Posts: 397Registered User Member
    Its no problem; I gave it thrice and I got in and I know a person who gave it four times and got in!

    Best of luck!
  • morewafflesmorewaffles Posts: 166Registered User Junior Member
    ya i don't think it's a problem at all, especially because you improved with the other sections! I did really well on math and writing last time, so i didnt pay as much attention to them saturday (definitely lowered the scores for those sections) and focused on reading =)
  • chickenfootchickenfoot Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    As long as you consistently improve, taking any number of times doesn't matter ;)
    My counselor told me that back in his old school, kids there would take the SAT I every time possible... some took it 8 times!
  • wayward_trojanwayward_trojan Posts: 1,301Registered User Senior Member
    Unless you're planning to improve by 100 points or more, I would advise against it for two reasons. Firstly, it's statistically unlikely you'll improve by that much on a third try. Secondly, you are investing time into it that could be invested elsewhere on your application. What's your composite score?
  • deeboggledeeboggle Posts: 52Registered User Junior Member
    I already took my test yesterday. I didn't really study over the summer, but I felt that I could perform better. My question now is whether I should keep the score or cancel it.

    I got a 2180 last time I took it. M-760, CR-740, W-680. My Math and Reading were the same as first time, but my writing score improved by a lot because I messed up on the circling for the writing. This time, I feel like I got very similar scores in both math and CR. Maybe + 30 in reading, but same for math (extremely stupid mistakes :( .) However, I felt that my writing portion should be at least + 80. I just don't know if its worth keeping this score just for the writing. My question is how much UPenn values the writing score vs. how they view taking SAT I three times. I'm just debating if I should keep or cancel my scores.

    Thanks for those who have replied.
  • BescrazeBescraze Posts: 869Registered User Member
    keep the score, three times is the max that it is ok to take the test. Any point past that looks bad.
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