Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

Can I take SAT more than 3 times?

satacersatacer - Posts: 596 Member
I have heard that I should not take SAT no more than 3 times. I am applying for the following schools:

John Hopkins

I am in the process of applying for the following BS/MD programs as well.

Univ Of Miami
Wayne State
U Conn
Brown PLME

Does any of the above programs have any limit as to number of attempts? I was under the assumption that I can use the score choice to send the specific date scores. I am planning to take June and October tests. I took the Jan and Ocotber tests already and have superscored 2150. I am looking for 2250 in one try with a super score of 2300+

Please help me. Thanks
Post edited by satacer on

Replies to: Can I take SAT more than 3 times?

  • wobudongwobudong Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    The undergraduate admissions at the more selective colleges will superscore for purposes of improving their own stats but will consider all scores for purposes of admission. The top combined programs place more weight on a single sitting score, particularly the first sitting. Most consider the combined math and verbal score to be more important than the total with the addition of the writing component.
  • bsmd11bsmd11 Registered User Posts: 879 Member
    I have to say that the maximum amount of times you should take the sat, no matter where you apply, is 3. It doesn't really look good on apps (especially those where you have to show all scores) if you have taken it too many times. Have you considered the ACT?
  • mamatatamamatata Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    I read that the idea that you shouldn't take the SAT more than 3 times is a myth. In the age of score choice, I think it is OK if you think you will do much better. Apparently the advice of 3 times came from the fact that most people don't gain much score improvement after 3 times.

    Even with score choice, you should be aware that some schools request all scores (like Yale).
  • TwizzWhizz11TwizzWhizz11 Registered User Posts: 113 Junior Member
    I'm no statistical expert by any means, but I think taking the SAT more than once reduces any chance of a statistical outlier and accounts for error. I think taking it twice if enough to make sure you can bring up your lower scores. You could even extend that into 3.

    Beyond 3 times, unless you really put forth the effort to improve your score, is it really worth it? By that third time, you will have reached some sort of plateau with your score. Work on other parts of your apps - SATs aren't everything, as long as they meet a threshold.
This discussion has been closed.