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To retake or not to retake: That is the question (2240 single sitting/2330 superscore).

I'm looking at selective schools like ucla, Berkeley, northwestern etc. (Ivies don't seem to be in my stratosphere lol). I'm wondering if I should retake or not. I got 680 math, 730 CR, and 800 writing in October (2210 composite) and 730 math, 800 CR, 710 writing in November (2240 composite). My superscore is 2330 (730 math). I think I could reach 2300 single sitting in January but I don't want to appear score-obsessed to colleges. What do you guys think?
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Replies to: To retake or not to retake: That is the question (2240 single sitting/2330 superscore).

  • chyaboi123chyaboi123 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    edited December 2015
    @ambitionsquared I think you're fine...Just wondering, why don't you think Ivies are in your stratosphere? They primarily look at superscores, and you have a really good one with a 2330
  • WasatchWriterWasatchWriter Registered User Posts: 2,528 Senior Member
    Your November score alone is good enough for any school. Your super score is very, very good. No need to do it again.
  • rougesneakersrougesneakers Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    Unless you have a subpar GPA, no ECs, or a disciplinary record, I don't see why you believe Ivies are out of your league. Your superscore is well within range for every Ivy, and by score alone the schools you're looking at are safeties and matches--it wouldn't hurt to throw in a few reaches! Good luck, and congrats on the great score.
  • ambitionsquaredambitionsquared Registered User Posts: 591 Member
    @chyaboi123 @rougesneakers I appreciate your guys optimism, but it doesn't really seem possible. My gpa is solid (straight As for last 4 semesters) but I don't really have any significant extra curriculars. I've got the typical varsity sport, founded a club yada yada, but nothing that would really distinguish me from the next highly qualified applicant. My scores would get my application a look, but I don't think there's anything inside the application that would get me admitted. Are any of the Ivies notorious for caring primarily about test scores?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 64,403 Senior Member
    Are any of the Ivies notorious for caring primarily about test scores?

    If your scores are in the typical range of their admits, they do not care very much. If your scores are below the typical range of their admits, they care a lot.

    I.e. low test scores will get you rejected, but high test scores by themselves will not get you admitted.

    It is realistic to see that if you do not have something unusually impressive beyond top end high school record and test scores (e.g. high level extracurricular achievement, relation to a huge donor, lots of advanced college courses with all A grades, top end academic achievement despite coming from a very disadvantaged background, or something of that nature), your chances at a super selective college are probably below even the overall small percentages published as admit rates.
  • whitespacewhitespace Registered User Posts: 1,022 Senior Member
    No need to take it again. As ucbalumnus has said, schools want you to be in at least their middle 50% of applicants. Focus on the many other important aspects of your application, like ECs, grades, volunteering, and working if that's something you want to pursue.
  • chyaboi123chyaboi123 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    edited December 2015
    @ambitionsquared Just checked out your "chance me" thread and I think you ave a good chance for maybe even a couple Ivies. Don't sell yourself short bud
  • ambitionsquaredambitionsquared Registered User Posts: 591 Member
    @chyaboi123 Wow man that's really kind of you to say and I appreciate your optimism.
    @whitespace Alright, I'll make sure to put effort into all the other aspects you mentioned. Thanks for responding!
  • CHD2013CHD2013 Registered User Posts: 2,512 Senior Member
    I think @whitespace forgot to mention essays. Great essays could give you a decent shot at several Ivy's.
  • whitespacewhitespace Registered User Posts: 1,022 Senior Member
    Yes! Thanks @CHD2013 I completely forgot. Essays are very important as well.
  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard Registered User Posts: 1,489 Senior Member
    Don't take it again. Your scores are fine and presumably, you've got better things to do with your time. The ivies are a crap shoot for everyone, but your stats make you competitive. As for extracurriculars, you're better off with a consistent track record showing passion and leadership rather than a glut of meaningless activities. Just write good essays and get good recommendations.
  • WasatchWriterWasatchWriter Registered User Posts: 2,528 Senior Member
    Looking at your other posts, your extras are pretty good. Even if they weren't, a better test score would not improve your package. Adding dabs of paint to the Mona Lisa does not make the portrait noticeably better.
  • BeCambridgeBeCambridge Registered User Posts: 544 Member
    edited January 2016
    MIT
    Let me tell you one more story that I often relay. I was doing a regional reception in a city a few years back, and afterwards a student -- we'll call her Artemis -- comes up to me and tells me that she has a 760 on the Math SAT. As I was about to tell her that her score was just fine, she keeps talking, to inform me that she was going to take the test again, since "clearly" her score was "too low." I was like, "What?!?!" I "ordered" Artemis to not take the Math SAT again, and instead to have a picnic on that Saturday. Because to us, a 760 math is the same as any higher score she could receive on the retest.

    So, yeah go have a picnic this Saturday, celebrate 2016, take a bike ride, watch Alabama State beating Michigan State. Don't overthink things and know everything will be okay.
  • ambitionsquaredambitionsquared Registered User Posts: 591 Member
    @WasatchWriter But I don't have a Mona Lisa to begin with lol. If a better test score won't improve my package, what could I do to develop a better package?
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 17,126 Senior Member
    Your November score is very good and your superscore is great. Just check if the schools on your list do superscore. In any case, your SAT score would not be the reason for rejection. Your should put your focus on something else like SAT2 (if required).
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