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Physics SAT 760 - Take again?

Sush2016Sush2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
Daughter is a freshman, took Physics SAT in June and got 760. While she is really good in Physics and have A+ and A in her honors physics class at a a competitive school, she hardly practiced for standardized test....or did any prep for SAT. Does it make sense for her to take the test again with some more test practice? Tanks for any feedback!
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Replies to: Physics SAT 760 - Take again?

  • Sush2016Sush2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    I hear you @SwimmingDad. The college admission process seems very unnerving to me...but I also think this craze about Ivy League schools is out of control....professionally I see a lot of successful people in the business world who studied in,schools which are not these chosen few ....and these people are very smart and are doing really well.
  • Sush2016Sush2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
  • TheGreyKingTheGreyKing Registered User Posts: 865 Member
    Great score. No reason to retest. Do not worry about the percentile; mostly top students take the test in the first place. To any college, 760 shows she is a strong physics student.

    ...Unless she takes AP Physics junior year. Then she will not have to do any special preparation for the subject test, but can just take it at the end of the year when she has studied for the AP test anyway. In that case, why not try for the 800, if she got a 760 as a freshman?

    But studying as a freshman when she already has a high score seems a poor investment of time better spent on schoolwork and extracurriculars... and on just plain being a kid and having fun! Do not make her high school experience all about getting into college.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,034 Super Moderator
    Does it make sense for her to take the test again with some more test practice?
    No. A 760 is a great score. She should spend her time on other activities to enhance her application.
  • bestmom888bestmom888 Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    DD, rising senior, took SAT math 2 on a whim (decided to add it on test day after she found out that she could do that instead of sitting for an hour waiting for her friend to finish and drive her home). She thought she didn't do so well, so immediately signed up to retake the next round and began to study for it. Turns out she got the same score both times-780. So in this case, studying did not help her. She also took chem twice and raised marginally from 740 to 760.

    So my personal take is that while studying makes a significant difference in SAT 1 and ACT, it didn't seem to move the needle much in subject tests.
  • Sush2016Sush2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Thank you! She feels bad about the score though!
  • Sush2016Sush2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    edited July 15
    I think it is about not shining as much as she could in Physics....we don't know relatively speaking does it say she idid well but not as well as someone with a score of 800 or 780?

    She is quite rounded though...plays varsity sport, music..and is involved in other extra curriculars. So that's not an issue....

    This is the first SAT test she has taken. Thanks for all your inputs....would love to hear also from any one who may have taken an SAT test again...and if it actually changed the score by any significant margin (or not)
  • Sush2016Sush2016 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    Thank you so much guys! I will advise her accordingly!!
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 29,604 Senior Member
    No that was probably at most one or two wrong answers, it might even be just misreading a question. She has shown mastery of the material.
  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk Registered User Posts: 851 Member
    If she's taking another subject test down the road, it may not be a bad idea to retake because stem applicants will have 800s on math 2 and a science, typically. I don't want to revisit decisions but they typically don't advise freshman to take sat 2 subject tests since juniors taking the ap classes will be taking the subject test.
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