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should i retake a 1450 sat 1?

thatsmethatsme Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
edited October 2004 in Harvard University
This is my first time.

670 v and 760 m

my other sat 2s are 740 writing, 800 800 780 for math 2, chem phy.
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Replies to: should i retake a 1450 sat 1?

  • Roger_DooleyRoger_Dooley Founder Posts: 106,392 Senior Member
    If you are aiming for Harvard or other very selective schools, it wouldn't hurt to try to score higher on the verbal side. (One Ivy admissions person commented to me on a slightly higher score, "Always take it again.") For most schools, a 1450 is fine. Keep in mind that "average" SAT scores at HYP et al mean very little - they reject thousands of applicants who have SAT scores above their average, while extending offers to candidates with outstanding talent in other areas (music, athletics, leadership, etc.)
  • jesusofsuburbiajesusofsuburbia Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    1450 is fine. Even for Harvard.
  • GatsbyGatsby Registered User Posts: 246 Junior Member
    Retake. Without a doubt.
  • TobstaTobsta Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    if u look at the ranges for the 25th-75th percentile of these school, 1450 is always safely in there, I'd say ur fine.
  • thatsmethatsme Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    sorry. thats supposed to say 690 v and 760 math..
  • arangatanarangatan Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    If its ur first time why not retake it? U might get higher on the verbal, and ur cumulative score will be a lot higher which cant hurt u.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    Yes, if you have only taken the SAT I once before, have room at the top above your scores for a highly competitive college (this is the Harvard Forum, after all), then you should definitely retake the SAT I. You may have grown intellectually meanwhile, through further reading and doing math problems, and you will certainly be more familiar with the test the second time around.

    My advice would be different for a person who has already taken the SAT I three times, and has higher scores from the earlier tests. (That persons is probably better off building up essays, ECs, or something else in the application, instead of looking obsessed with SAT I test scores.) But your situation is different, and there is very little downside to you taking the SAT I again.

    Good luck in your application.
  • maritemarite Registered User Posts: 21,586 Senior Member
    Retake. You have nothing to lose. If you can break 700, it will be that much better.
  • lilpinkeyedlamblilpinkeyedlamb Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Do what I did: I had a 1450 too...so I sent score reports to all the schools I think I'm applying to. Then I retook the test thinking that if I got a higher score on at least one section, I would send it...that way, if you mess up or if you get the same score again, you have the option of not sending the new score...
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