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The toughest decision I've had to make. SOS CCers !

20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
edited November 2007 in College Search & Selection
Alright. So I took the SAT I in may, got a 2050(720M, 710W, 620CR); think I can get around 2150 if I retake it.. fairly certain.. Now I'm poised to take the Math II and Physics subject tests on saturday. On the spot registration ..

The problem is, I'm not totally sure about Physics. Will get a good score on Math II. And, one of the schools I'm applying to needs 3 subject test scores.

So here are my options:

1. Take the Math II and Physics SAT IIs on Saturday, get a 700-750 score on either, take Math 1 without prep but get it canceled if it doesn't go too well.
Then, retake the SAT I in December and hopefully get a 2150ish score.

2. Forget about the saturday test date, take the Physics, Chem and Math II tests in December, hopefully get a 2250ish+ score. Stick with the earlier SAT I score - 2050 and retake it in January for the colleges that accept Jan scores ...

Do colleges give equal weightage to SAT I and SAT II scores ?
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Replies to: The toughest decision I've had to make. SOS CCers !

  • APOLAPOL Registered User Posts: 1,781 Senior Member
    IMHO...SAT given more weight than SAT II. Take SAT II this weekend, and definitely retake SAT to get that bump. G'Luck!
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    Thanks for the reply mate .. anyone else?
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 30,018 Super Moderator
    Colleges that request 3 tests may not consider Math I and II as separate tests. They may consider only one. Check with them before you commit.
  • greennbluegreennblue Registered User Posts: 1,736 Senior Member
    I don't like the idea of taking Math I and Math II. That's really lame. Isn't there any other subject you can take?
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    Just rechecked, none of the colleges require 3 subject tests.

    Apologies for the error. But anyway, if I take the subject tests in december, I'll take Phys, Chem and Maths.
  • midwesternermidwesterner Registered User Posts: 1,920 Senior Member
    The one school that asks for 3 SAT IIs - are they "required" or "suggested" or "preferred" - in other words, is there room to slip by with only two tests?

    Math I and Math II are usually not accepted as separate tests. Math II is preferred by many schools.

    Is there a chance you could take a different third SAT II this Saturday? Many test centers offer standby testing for everything except Language with listening. You should go directly to the College Board and find out if this is an option.

    It seems like retaking the SAT I in December will help with the large majority of your applications, and I would recommend it. While 2050 is an excellent score, a boost will certainly not hurt you, and this is an exceptionally competitive year.
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    They just want 2 .. I thought it was three ...

    My main dilemma isn't regarding 2/3 tests. It's SAT I/SAT IIs. :S
  • oregonianmomoregonianmom Registered User Posts: 1,983 Senior Member
    Take Math II and Physics on Saturday. Retake SAT in December.
  • davnascadavnasca Registered User Posts: 668 Member
    The ACT is offered on different days from the SAT, so look into that.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,796 Senior Member
    assuming your are applying RD, take SAT in Dec. One way for a math-science type to really standout from your peers is a high score on the SAT-CR. Since you received a 700 on the W portion, with a couple of weeks of leisurely prep, you could likely hit 700+ on CR as well.

    Concur with others: if you are strong in math (thru precalc), take Math 2 adn skip Math 1.

    Good luck.
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    Is it worth taking the the subjects test on saturday even if I get a total of ~1400s on them?
  • midwesternermidwesterner Registered User Posts: 1,920 Senior Member
    If you need the subject tests, take them on Saturday. You may need to see those scores before you can make a final decision on colleges. December's report will be too late for you to use in your decision. Haven't you already procrastinated enough?
  • 20LEGEND20LEGEND Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    All of my classmates took the subject tests in October, messed them up real bad(all of them got <2100). So that's why I wanted to take them when I was 100% confident ...
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,796 Senior Member
    hustle on down to your local bookstore. Pickup CB's Real Subject Tests and go home and take one or two tests. Within 50 minutes (per test), you will have a good idea of your scoring range.
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