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OstruckOstruck Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
I know it sounds ridiculous to retake a 2300 sat,but my scores seem really lopsided and it worries me:
800 cr
700 math
800 writing
The thing is, math is my best subject- in taking calc bc as a sophomore, and I want a math major. Will this score hurt me? Should I retake?
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Replies to: Retake? PLEASE HELP!

  • SATguru8SATguru8 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I think it will be very hard for you to get a perfect 800 from your current 700...if you are willing to continue with the prep to possibly increase your score to 750 then its worth it.
  • OstruckOstruck Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Oh I don't care really about getting an 800, just raising it slightly to even it out
  • SATguru8SATguru8 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    i wouldn't...but if you want to try again for 30-50 pts then go ahead :)
  • glidoglido Registered User Posts: 5,734 Senior Member
    Do you want to study STEM at a highly competitive college? If yes, you might want to get that M score up to a 750. Otherwise, just chill.
  • OstruckOstruck Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Yes I do... I think I definitely will retake it and try to bring it up, but maybe not this year
  • LonelyHapaxLonelyHapax Registered User Posts: 205 Junior Member
    If you decide to take it again:

    Short Story
    My brother (older than me by three years), has always picked-up (and remembered) math concepts better/faster than me. He can also do math problems faster. This difference is only noticeable because we were both involved in an annual math contest since we were about 9.
    I placed higher (in my grade level) in some years than he did (when he was my age), though he usually did beat me, because I was better at not making stupid errors, he usually (always?) knew more material than me.
    (We both took Calc BC as juniors, which is unusual in our district where the normal kids never can take it and the advanced kids take it as seniors)

    My brother took the SAT four times before he could get his 800 in math (I think by the fourth time it was too late for some of his colleges). I got it on my first try as a junior in January.

    End of "story"

    I'm sure (if you're that far advanced in math) you know EVERYTHING on the math section (my brother did). The trick is to have confidence. I'm sure you finish going through the problems with lots of time left. You don't get any points for finishing quickly so just remind yourself the entire test that you have plenty of time and GO SLOW. Circle every important value as you read and re-check that you used those values in your calculations, before you circle your answer re-read the question (you may be solving for y when they asked for x), and just do general idiot checks.

    Take a few math sections of SAT practice tests, get a sense of how much time you really have so you don't get nervous and go faster than necessary on test day.

    (imoh) If you go back at the end and check problems you will rarely catch errors. The only time I notice is when I check immediately after finishing a problem.

    Taking practice tests is also a great way to learn how you are making your mistakes. Is it reading the problem too quickly, entering wrong values, misusing calculator, thinking too quickly and making incorrect assumptions ect. ?
    Make a list and tally-mark the number of errors and from what, then you can be more aware of yourself when you take it for real.

    Of course a 700 is great, but I can see where you're coming from if you want a highly competitive STEM school.
  • marvin100marvin100 Registered User Posts: 9,014 Senior Member
    If you have 800 in Math 2C and a 5 in Calculus BC and/or Stat, your low SAT-1 math is largely alleviated.
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