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important question--last i promise

Amberlanya HerwanaAmberlanya Herwana 49 replies20 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
If I take the ACT 3 times and the SAT 3 times, is that too much? I know 3 is a good amount for each individually, but if I take 3 of EACH TEST will that look bad? PLEASE REPLY
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 2079 replies30 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Only a handful of very highly selective colleges require that you send all scores. In those cases, having too many might raise eyebrows. For the vast majority of colleges, you can submit your best one or two scores, or sometimes none at all.

    Do check with your guidance department to make sure test scores are not reported on your transcript, though.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3977 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    3 for each is probably the max that you should do. I wouldn't call it too much, but you're close to the border.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 6953 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Curious why you wouldn't focus on one test over the other. At this point you should know if you are stronger in one format over the other.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33419 replies363 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If you kept retaking because there's something flip-floppy about your scores, adcoms will see that. They may do some form of superscoring, but yes, a top college will notice if it took you 6 tries to get to where you need to be.

    Pick the best sets, if you don't need to report all tries. See what your targets say about this, on their web sites.

    You wrote,, "If I..." Does this mean you have not yet gotten to 6 tests? What are your thoughts? Do you know enough about what your targets DO want to see?
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  • diegodavisdiegodavis 44 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The college board lets students suppress a score. I think there is a small fee for doing this. So you would be able to submit only the scores you chose not to suppress.
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  • lkg4answerslkg4answers 1586 replies188 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 16
    @diegodavis are you referring to "score choice"? If so, the FAQ section says that there is no fee. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores/score-choice
    edited July 16
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  • Amberlanya HerwanaAmberlanya Herwana 49 replies20 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you all! But @diegodavis what does it mean to suppress a score? Does that mean its practically gone? Even for colleges that require you to submit all your scores??
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  • diegodavisdiegodavis 44 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I was mistaken about suppressing an SAT score. It is possible to permanently delete an ACT score, and to suppress specific AP test scores when sending to colleges.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3927 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Why 3 each? You might not be getting good advice from someone. If you've taken each once or twice that should give you good idea which one is better for you. Some students improve on the third time and many don't. I would concentrate on your subset scores and try to improve where you need to. Start to narrow your focus.
    If you give previous scores etc it might be easier to help you.
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