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Should I retake SAT II again?

RockySterlingRockySterling Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
edited October 2010 in Princeton University
Hey everybody. I've posted here before but that was months ago and things are a bit different for me now. Just got back the results from my SAT IIs and I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. Here are my scores:

June test:
-780 US History
-650 Physics
-670 Lit

October test:
-690 Physics
-680 Math 2
-670 Lit

Given that I want to go into government/policymaking, would a 780 on USH and 690 on Physics as my two highest scores be enough for a decent chance at admission? Or should I retake them one final time and hope for something in the 700s, which I really don't want to do because it's getting expensive and I know I won't have much more time to study than I did for this last one (which was maybe three hours)? For perspective in my case, I got a 34 on my ACT and 5s on APUSH, AP Calc AB, AP Lang, and AP Euro, and a 4 on AP Physics B, and I'm #2 in my class, and taking AP Physics C, Lit, Psych, Econ, and Gov/Comp during this year.

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Replies to: Should I retake SAT II again?

  • mindy10mindy10 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    The 780 is great and goes well with your major interest and I think taking physics when you don't want to pursue science will only be looked at positively!
  • PtonAlumnusPtonAlumnus Registered User Posts: 279 Junior Member
    Since you have said that you would not have time to study for a re-test I would not advise you to retake the tests. Your ACT score is good so it is time to move on. I suggest that you make a concerted effort to be an outstanding student in the classes that you will ask a teacher for a recommendation. Tell those teachers that you want to major in government/policy and if you have any papers to write concentrate on this area. For example, in econ you could write a paper on the success and failures of the government stimulus legislation. For your application write an essay that makes you an unique individual. Prior to your alumni interview become familiar with the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Good luck.
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