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Should I submit my bad subject test scores if my schools don't require them?

shaneli1020shaneli1020 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
I live in California and am applying to mainly UC's, Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, and UCI particularly.
None of the UC's require me to send in the subject test scores, especially since I am planning on majoring in Communications for now, but I've heard it can help.

I have a 4.0 unweighted GPA, 4.367 weighted, and a SAT I score of 2120 (CR: 690, M: 730, W: 700)

My subject test scores are:
Math II: 570
US History: 630

I would take them again in October, but I studied for those subject tests and since it'll have been months since I've taken the courses, I don't want to risk the scores going down, which would be even worse.

Replies to: Should I submit my bad subject test scores if my schools don't require them?

  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Registered User Posts: 4,461 Senior Member
    No need to send those scores-they are below the level of your other credentials. Next issue is whether you are applying to other colleges that require subject scores?
  • shaneli1020shaneli1020 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    I'm only planning on applying to one school which requires subject scores, and even then it's my highest reach which I'm mainly just applying to see if I could get in anyways. None of my matches and top choices require them.
  • laughandlearn23laughandlearn23 Registered User Posts: 196 Junior Member
    I am in the same boat as you! Got a 690 US history & 560 Spanish. None of my schools I plan to apply to require them, though some strongly recommend. I am almost positive I will not send them. No need to make my app have a weak spot.
  • jefchukjefchuk Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Did you retake them? I highly suggest you do so your application can get the boost it needs. Also...I find it hilarious that we have the same SAT score but slightly different. (CR: 700, M: 690, W: 730). Good luck!
  • Lift35Lift35 Registered User Posts: 259 Junior Member
    Don't send
  • N's MomN's Mom Registered User Posts: 2,212 Senior Member
    If one of your weak SATs is a foreign language, you might want to think about a retake if you think you can boost it. The reason to do so is that many schools have a foreign language requirement which you can opt out of if you have either a high enough grade on an AP test or a high enough score on the SATII. Check for your schools if that's the case. If you decide not to retake, at least you'll know what's expected in terms of a foreign language distribution requirement. (Lots of schools like language distribution requirements because they can uses cheap adjunct faculty to teach the classes, and the class sizes tend to be smaller which means their average class size gets pushed down for reporting purposes.)
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