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Disappointing SAT results
My daughter just received her SAT score from June 1st and scored a 1320. This is an improvement over her baseline score of 1200 from sophomore year, but nowhere near what we expected and hoped for going into Senior year. She took the PSAT with her school last October, as a junior and scored a 1310 with barely any Algebra II under her belt, although she has since completed the course with a high 'A.' We were expecting at least a 1400 on the SAT, possibly higher, and she needed this to be eligible for merit-based scholarships at her top-choice universities. There is also concern that she might not get accepted at all, at least to the one university she was leaning towards. I am dumfounded by her score. If a 1310 on the PSAT should translate into roughly a 1310 (or higher) on the SAT, in OCTOBER, before she has even completed Algebra II, how is it she can score only a 1320 eight months later? She also joined a ACT/SAT preparation club at school, so this wasn't due to lack of practice. I should add, she scored a 720 on the Reading/Writing portion. She only scored a 600 on the Math portion, which is what pulled her down. Her SAT Math score was also 30 points lower than her PSAT score. She is due to re-take the ACT Saturday (Her baseline score was a 30 in March). Should I just ignore her SAT scores and focus on the ACT?30 replies