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Does it look bad if I retake the Sat like 6 times?

NumSaMooSNumSaMooS 2 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7 New Member
Would it look bad if I were to retake the Sat 6 times to colleges?
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  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls 5218 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,219 Senior Member
    Why would you want to? How much preparation did you do prior to the first 5 times that you took the SAT? What scores do you already have?

    From what I have heard, students tend to top out after about 3 sittings. You are not likely to improve much after that.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 37373 replies6486 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 43,859 Super Moderator
    edited May 31
    In the first place, most colleges allow score choice, so for the vast majority, they will not see 6 tries.

    Secondly, but most importantly, I am in agreement with @DadTwoGirls . Excluding any tests taken in MS for talent search programs, if one has prepped adequately for the first three sittings, it unlikely that there would be improvement on the 4th, 5th, or 6th. The time would be better spent on improving other aspects of the application.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 8848 replies473 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,321 Senior Member
    Take the test as few times as possible. Prep well so that you don’t have to take it six times. That’s a colossal waste of time and money.
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  • GreymeerGreymeer 698 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 707 Member
    I agree with 3 times max.
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  • TheSATTeacherTheSATTeacher 205 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 205 Junior Member
    There is no max, but if you prepared adequately you shouldn't need to take it this many times. Also, what is the reason for thinking the 5th time will be better than the 6th? Overall, though, better to get the score you need and take the test too many times, than get too low of a score.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41142 replies445 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 41,587 Senior Member
    What universities are you aiming for?
    If tippy top private, they generally require all scores to be sent, so it'd be detrimental.
    If going after a public university scholarship, then you can since many universities will simply take whatever you submit or superscore.
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