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Retake SAT in College for Transfer

AvisMathAvisMath Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in Columbia University
As the title of the thread indicates, I am interested in retaking the SAT during my 1st semester in a relatively low ranked institution to boost my overall chances for transferring during my sophomore/junior year to Columbia University in the city of New York.

I have read multiple posts in which this practice was discouraged due to less emphasis placed on SAT scores for transferring during, let's say, sophomore year and then even less than that for the junior year in college.

Currently I have a 2120 composite score but, if I was to score 2350+, which would be a 230+ improvement, would it then be justified to retake the SAT? All I want is to increase my chances, even if it may be by the slightest bit.

Thank you.
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Replies to: Retake SAT in College for Transfer

  • pwoodspwoods Registered User Posts: 1,096 Senior Member
    No one cares about transfer SAT scores. MAYBE if you had a 1700 and you wanted to prove that you were capable of much more, it MIGHT be advisable. But a 2120 is absolutely fine. For a transfer, it's your college GPA (and course rigor) that will matter.
  • AvisMathAvisMath Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    That is what I was thinking at the back of my mind. Thank you for your advice. Anyone else?
  • admissionsgeekadmissionsgeek Registered User Posts: 1,679 Senior Member
    i think pwoods gives the answer that 95% of the time is right, but to be a bit of a devil's advocate and say it is up to the OP. if the OP retakes it and gets a higher score (i'd say close to if not above 2300), it would help his/her chances.

    but honestly for transfering the most important things will matter your first semester gpa, your teacher recommendation and if you have done anything significant either last semester of hs or first semester of college to show your demonstrated interest in an intellectual/academic topic (primary over necessarily just being an extracurricular star).
  • xoxocvxoxocv Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    hi i have a question should i retake my act and sat to do a first year college transfer. i got a 19 on my act and a 1440 on my sat i blew it off. however my gpa is a 3.8 and i have a lot of ecs. im going this fall to cal state fullerton and i want to transfer to pepperdine or ucsb. advice please!
  • pwoodspwoods Registered User Posts: 1,096 Senior Member
    Those are fairly low scores (though I don't know what the average is at UC schools), so I would recommend you retake the SAT. That said, it's probably best to ask that question in the UC forums, since the people who lurk in those forums would probably have a better idea of the UC transfer process than any of us in the Columbia forum possibly could.
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