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Should I retake a 790 on Math Level 2 for T20s?

lazarchesterlazarchester 8 replies5 threads New Member
I earned an 790 on Math Level 2 Subject Test and I'm going for top 20 schools. Should I retake? Will I be at a disadvantage?
edited October 2019
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  • cypresspatcypresspat 610 replies11 threads Member
  • joecollege44joecollege44 413 replies19 threads Member
    this is a kind of a crazy question. what is this world coming to?
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 10117 replies118 threads Senior Member
  • lookingforwardlookingforward 35378 replies399 threads Senior Member
    Lol, Joe. If OP really knew the T20 schools, he or she would be working on the rest of what matters. That's what can keep you out, not 10 more points on a test, when you're well past that bar.
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  • brantlybrantly 4263 replies77 threads Senior Member
    Are you serious?

    You are at a disadvantage that you think this matters and don't really know what's important to T20 schools.
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  • tgl2023tgl2023 266 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Lazarchseter's concern is legitimate, as he (I assume) is aware of the 790 being the 78th percentile, or 22 percent of the test takers had scored higher, which appears to some applicants as "inadequate", for not being in the top 5%.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2239 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Some folks seem to think that a raw score is the most important thing. It’s not. An applicant is compared to other applicants. 790 is 79th percentile. While a different animal, 79th percentile on the Math SAT is 620. Is 620 and 800 close enough, that someone should be mocked for wanting to retake a 620?

    OP, what majors and schools are you looking at? If STEM at MIT, Caltech, Harvey Mudd, and maybe one or two others, I’d say it may be worth another shot if you think an 800 is realistic. When there are thousands of Math2 800s, a 790 is different. At most other schools it’s fine.
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  • AlwaysMovingAlwaysMoving 686 replies7 threads Member
    If you're applying to MIT or CalTech, definitely retake.

    If you're applying to a math focused STEM major, I'd retake.

    Everything else, definitely move on.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 7259 replies34 threads Senior Member
    I would think there are better things to do with your time. Like nail the application and essays.
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  • grad21grad21 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Hello, could you pls advise prep book for Math level 2? I already finishing up tests from Princiton Review and I heard Barrons is unnecessary lot harder than actual exam? Pls advise. Thanks,
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  • havenoideahavenoidea 369 replies17 threads Member
    MIT not only dropped its subject test requirement, but won’t even look at them if submitted. The % difference is so small between a 790 and 800. If it were my child, I would not suggest he retest.
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  • Sam-I-AmSam-I-Am 669 replies24 threads Member
    @havenoidea is correct. MIT won't consider subject test scores anymore. Neither will Caltech. Better check the new test guidance provided by the schools you are interested in. Note that some no longer "require" subject tests but will accept and consider them. MIT won't consider if provided.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2239 replies36 threads Senior Member
    grad21 wrote: »
    Hello, could you pls advise prep book for Math level 2? I already finishing up tests from Princiton Review and I heard Barrons is unnecessary lot harder than actual exam? Pls advise. Thanks,

    If you want to take the test, after considering the advice above, I think Barron’s is the best choice. I’d rather be fully/over-prepared than under-prepared.
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