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seal16
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We just got November SAT score and D got 2300 (780CR, 750M and 770W). She made one mistake on math section that resulted in 50 points deduction. This is her first time taking SAT. Should we stop and this point or try to raise her math score?

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34,487Senior Member101Junior MemberSo, if your D really wants to redo the test and you can afford it, then sure. But, I think her math score is excellent, fits within the range of acceptance for HMC, and along with her great CR & W scores paint a picture of student who can do the work. I think she should work on her college essays instead.

Good luck to your D!

34,487Senior Member101Junior Member942MemberThank you for very valuable information. As of now, mid junior year, all of her math and science grads are fine (no final marks for this year yet). What concerns me is that she is not that deeply involved in math related activities as probably most of HMC applicants do. She does not participate in math Olympiad, AMC, etc. The pure math does not appeal to her. She is more of the science – engineering kid. And with 750 in math SAT1 I am afraid that HMC will confirms that she is not a good fit. She will be taking SAT2 math and physics later this year. And yes, SAT1 was a very stressful for her perfectionist personality. Not the test itself, but waiting for results. This was her first and only attempt so far.

@Mom2kids D is in AP Calculus now.

101Junior MemberIt is easy during this process to think that there is a perfect formula that will mean entry into the college of your D’s dreams. But, there isn’t – she should apply broadly if possible (has she looked at Olin?) and remind her that sometimes it is just luck where the acceptance line is drawn on any given year and how many of what kind of student they are looking for. I think she has a great foundation – she just needs to keep doing well in her classes, and do what she enjoys, and be true to herself.

Of course, I wasn’t this zen during the process myself. So – I feel you!

34,487Senior MemberI am not sure what the current Mudd policy is on sending test scores, but if they don't require all test scores, she could skip sending that Math I score if she ends up with a better Math II score. Also... if she has strength in subjects other than math/science, there is nothing wrong with her 2nd subject test being a non-STEM subject (my D2's 2nd was Lit).