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How are my SSAT score and are they good enough for Andover?

jasony0325jasony0325 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
edited December 2011 in Prep School Admissions
My SSAT scores are as the following:
Reading Comp.-65%
Total-92nd Percentile

The reason I'm asking this question is because although I did good on Math and Verbal, I did horrible in Reading, so do I need to retake this or should I send this SSAT score to Andover?
Post edited by jasony0325 on

Replies to: How are my SSAT score and are they good enough for Andover?

  • jaharrison1620jaharrison1620 Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    I believe that they look at the total score. The average for Andover this past year was 94% total. So you are in the ball park. I would not sweat it. SSATs are not that big a deal in the overall picture, from what I understand. I don't think one low score will hurt you that much, if at all.
  • jasony0325jasony0325 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    Thank you harrison but is it worth it to retake it to see if I can get a higher grade or should I just focus on the applications?
  • march10success2march10success2 Registered User Posts: 209 Junior Member
    They are looking for "well-round" student.
    I had 99% but got wait-listed.
    My friend got 89% and she's in.
    Test score is just part of the whole thing.
    If you have confidence to get a higher score, then re-take it, otherwise, don't waste your time and money.
    You are fine !
  • 2010 hopeful2010 hopeful Registered User Posts: 2,041 Senior Member
    "I don't think one low score will hurt you that much, if at all."

    What about 2 low scores?

    I think i got 60-75% on reading and verbal and 90-99 on math
  • mhmmmhmm Registered User Posts: 1,192 Senior Member
    you should retake it, thats a rather large gap
  • DiveAliveDiveAlive Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    if you have the financial means, retake it.

    if you don't, don't worry about it, it doesn't make that big of a difference. there was someone from this forum who got into exeter, i think last year, with 2 scores in the nineties and like, 45 in math. SSATs don't count for too much, just make sure your grades are good and that your essays rock.. good luck!
  • jasony0325jasony0325 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    how do you guys think i could improve my reading comp?
  • andoverexeter24andoverexeter24 Registered User Posts: 109 Junior Member
    What grade are you in Jasony?!
  • Rad-in-Plaid96Rad-in-Plaid96 Registered User Posts: 3,207 Senior Member
    Really!? whoah I have 2 nineties and a 45 , i'll take this as a sign ;}
  • hadeswisherhadeswisher Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
    i got an 87% in total?? do you think i have any chance at all??
    they like higher scores
  • 44Snirp4444Snirp44 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Okay, I am totally freaking. I just got my scores back and I did WORSE than I expected!

    SSAT scores:


    I am applying to Andover, Exeter, Groton, and Deerfield. Do I have a chance of getting into any of them, preferrably Andover?

    Orchestra, chorus, book/knitting/yearbook/njhs society

    Martial Arts, piano, violin, I am an entreprenur of my own buisness, community servicer regularly, used to be a peer mentor, about to publish own novel.

    Great essays, checked 5 times by professionals

    Honors English
    Spanish I
    Geometry (highest you can go)
    Class schedule

    Entering: 2012
    GPA: 3.9-4.0 wavers between those two numbers
    HIGH honor roll every quarter
    SAT taken in 7th grade, taking again in 8th---7th grade scores
    : Math 490, Verbal 490, Reading 420, Writing 490.

    Do I have a chance????!?!?!??!!
  • stagemumstagemum Registered User Posts: 544 Member
    "44Snirp44" - You're an excellent student, obviously, but your test-scores are definitely low for the top-tier schools you're applying to. Unless English was not your native language, or you have an exceptional athletic talent, you should probably add one or two less-selective schools to your list. There are plenty of other excellent prep schools out there. Are you willing to consider an all-girls school? Are you willing to venture outside of New England? Given your otherwise-outstanding credentials, your test scores won't necessarily disqualify you from any, or even all, of those schools, but the competition is very stiff. Think about Kent, Emma Willard, Millbrook, Miss Porter's, Portsmouth Abbey, Brooks, Concord, Westminster, George, Blair, et al.
  • PaKMaN786PaKMaN786 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    stagemum is right
    Those schools are crazy hard to get into even for kids in the high 90s unfortunately
  • aaralynaaralyn Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    Yep, second the above opinions. Especially if your first choice is Andover. I was rejected from Andover last year with a 98% overall, with 99% math, 94% verbal, and 96% reading.
  • TheatreGeek1TheatreGeek1 Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Statistically speaking, yes they are good enough. I checked their website and their average was a 93% actually, even though BS Review says it's 94%. I do think your reading comprehension will hurt you because it doesn't really correspond well with your verbal, you know what I mean? If you had strong reading but low verbal they'd know you just don't have a strong vocabulary, but if it's a matter of low reading and high vocabulary it might seem like you just studied for the vocabulary. I'm not sure if I'm making sense, but really test scores are only a back-up for your grades, as I've been told. I don't think they'd be a deciding factor in your application, just focus on the essays and (if you haven't already) make sure your interviews are really good.

    Really you'll just have to wait until March 10th to find out. Don't worry about SSATs anymore. Also, I don't think you can take the January test even if you wanted because (I think) late registration ended yesterday. Just put good vibes into your application, but don't think too much about it. Just let fate decide.
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