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Did your SAT score go up or down your 2nd, 3rd, etc time?

blupoweradeblupowerade Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
edited June 2009 in SAT Preparation
During my SAT class, I think they said that people who retook the SAT again or multiple times had a 50% chance of their score going up.

How many times have you taken the SAT? What were your scores each time? Did they go up, down, or stay the same, and if so, by how much?

1st SAT -
Critical Reading: 520
Mathematics: 610
Writing: 590
Total: 1720

2nd SAT -
Critical Reading: 530 Up 10
Mathematics: 620 Up 10
Writing: 570 Down 20
Total: 1720 Same score

I like how they let you choose your best scores from all of your SATs you take to send to colleges as your final score. So here's mine -
Best of all SATs -
Critical Reading: 530
Mathematics: 620
Writing: 590
Total: 1740

What about you guys?
Post edited by blupowerade on

Replies to: Did your SAT score go up or down your 2nd, 3rd, etc time?

  • Bigb14Bigb14 Registered User Posts: 2,044 Senior Member
    The reason people lose points is because they don't study. If you study, you will do better. It's as simple as that. I went from 1950 on a BB test to 2150 Oct 08 to 2300 May 09.
  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man Registered User Posts: 2,497 Senior Member
    First time was 2080. Second 2190. Combined 2220.

    I didn't really study between them though. Now I'm studying and I'm going to take it one last time.
  • 112358112358 Registered User Posts: 1,944 Senior Member
    PSAT (little studying)
    70 CR
    80 M
    73 W
    223 total

    1st SAT (lots of studying)
    790 CR --> up 90
    720 M --> down 80
    800 W --> up 70
    2310 total --> up 80

    2nd SAT (little studying)
    800 CR --> up 10 (up 100 from PSAT)
    800 M --> up 80 (same as PSAT)
    800 W --> same (up 70 from PSAT)
    2400 total --> up 90 (up 170 from PSAT)
  • LewdawgdudeLewdawgdude Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    hey for 112358 any anyone else, what do you consider a "little studying" and " alot of studying"?
  • 112358112358 Registered User Posts: 1,944 Senior Member
    For the PSAT, I just did some math review and took one practice test the day before. For my first SAT, I did all 8 BB tests. For my second one, I just did the two online tests.
  • grayfalcon89grayfalcon89 Registered User Posts: 490 Member
    That's fantastic scores, 112358.

    Scores usually go up. I went up by 30 net points, but one of my sections went below 700 on the second time.
  • nikeboy3004nikeboy3004 Registered User Posts: 446 Member
    i went up 220 points from 1930 to 2150, but I had to work a lot for it :P
  • spideyunlimitedspideyunlimited Registered User Posts: 976 Member
    1930 to 2300. But only because I was kind of new to the test format first time around.
  • Concerto3Concerto3 Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
    Mine went up ~100 points every time I took it, even though I didn't study for any besides a practice section or two the night before. Which makes me wonder if its all about luck

    2130 (700/720/710)
    2230 (730/740/760)
    2320 (770/770/780)

    Maybe I could do much better if I actually studied...but I dont really care any more, I think my 3rd score is enough to be satisfied with
  • gary7gary7 Registered User Posts: 2,983 Senior Member
    2020-->2190 (2 days prep the first time, 3 days prep the second :P, so studying more DOES help!)
  • blupoweradeblupowerade Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    How much did you study for your 2nd, 3rd times, etc? I'm mad that my score stayed the same.
  • MichiyoMichiyo Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    PSAT = 152
    1st SAT = 1600
    2nd SAT = 1780

    And now that I'm actually studying, in my practice tests I'm hitting 2100+.
  • cogito10cogito10 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    The first time I took the test, my scores were
    M -790
    W -660
    The second time, my scores went down...
    M -710
    W- 740
    Though considering super score, the total is now 2320
  • Structur3Structur3 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    If you look at statistics and don't do any studying yourself, you aren't going to get anywhere. Those statistics aren't etched in stone. You don't have a 50% chance of getting a lower score the 2nd time if you study your ass off.
  • blupoweradeblupowerade Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    That's really true Structur3. This is the statistics on CollegeBoard -

    Will Retaking the SAT Improve Your Writing Score?

    Students who took the SAT for the first time as juniors and got the same writing score you did had a change, on average, of
    8 points when they retook the test as seniors:

    * 51 percent scored higher.
    * 41 percent scored lower.
    * 8 percent got the same.
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