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Should I Submit an 730 on SAT Spanish

nvb123nvb123 152 replies19 postsRegistered User Junior Member
edited August 13 in College Admissions
Hi all,

I wanna address a really quick aspect of my application about SAT Subject Tests that I doubt will "make-or-break" anything, but I feel like it's slightly important for me. I'm applying to mostly T20s (Stanford, Harvard, Penn, etc), and I am in a dilemma with my SAT Spanish Test.

I have near perfect test scores on everything (SAT, ACT, GPA, and AP scores, and 4 800s on other Subject Tests Math2, Chem, Phys, and World Hist). However, I also received a 730 on the SAT Spanish test that I took just for fun along with Chem and Physics that day. I know this is quite a decent score for a non-native speaker, but it shows up like 75% percentile. This is making me a bit paranoid about whether to put it on my application.

I'd also like to emphasize that I'm planning on applying as intended major/interests in linguistics (or IR) + psychology. A lot of my application essays also focus on becoming a polyglot and speak 6 languages (including Spanish), and learning more. I feel like a language subject test demonstrates interest in the field I am truly interested in, and it also humanizes my application in a sense – showing that I'm not afraid to be "imperfect" and look like a robot that gets only perfect/near-perfect scores. However, my only major concern is that getting a 730 invalidates my polyglotism and true passion for language-learning and exploration because it's not "good enough".

What are your thoughts? Thank you in advance :)
edited August 13
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  • skieuropeskieurope 38451 replies6720 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    look like a robot that gets only perfect/near-perfect scores.
    Submitting 5 Subject Tests already accomplishes that IMO. Submit/don't submit. As you said, it won;t make or break, although the score will exempt you from Penn's FL graduation requirement. But the message you want to communicate would be better via your essays than any test scores. Good luck.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41519 replies447 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    730 is a very good score for a non native speaker. Do submit, especially since you want to apply to IR (percentiles don't matter, only scores, because the subject test candidates are self selected.)
    Do you have other linguistic certificates (Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, Confucius Institute, Portuguese Embassy...?)
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