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UC Schools SAT II Averages

BerkeleyHopefulBerkeleyHopeful Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
I can't find any of this anywhere.

I'm mostly concerned about admission at UC Berkeley and UCLA. I just took the physics and math 2 for both and am expecting 750+, but almost sure I didn't get an 800. Seeing as how even a 780 is close to or below the 90 percentile for both tests, I'm worried this will endanger my chances. Anyone think a 750 is competitive or should I retake both in December?
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Replies to: UC Schools SAT II Averages

  • neekzgneekzg Registered User Posts: 1,006 Senior Member
    A 750 is definitely competitive enough for those schools. I used to have a bookmark to UCLA's averages but ever since they changed some stuff on their website the link hasn't worked. The average SAT II score for the admitted applicant to UCLA (the number for Berkeley is likely close to it) is around 700~720. The average second-highest SAT II score for those admitted applicants is even lower (well, obviously) and is probably around 680.

    EDIT: Found the link.


    The average highest for an admitted applicant is 732. The average second-highest score is 683. Your scores are very competitive.
  • dignified1dignified1 Registered User Posts: 680 Member
    750s are plenty high enough. Are you ELC?
  • jshainjshain Registered User Posts: 5,054 Senior Member
    ^ I'm curious: what if you have a SAT II score in Math, for example, that is above the average of say 720 but a Physics SAT II score below the average- will they average the two together or are they looked at individually?
  • neekzgneekzg Registered User Posts: 1,006 Senior Member
    They are looked at individually.
  • BerkeleyHopefulBerkeleyHopeful Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    Thank you very much guys! So the actual number is far more important than the percentage I take. I feel much better now.

    Thanks neekzg for the link. It answers a lot of my other questions.

    Dignified, I'm out of state. I suppose I'll be in a pool looked at with higher standards, but it can't be too much of a difference right?
  • ApTesterApTester Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    Actually, many believe that OOS admissions to top tier public universities such as UC Berkeley or UCLA is significantly harder than in-state admission. This is primarily due to the fact that UC's receive funding from the state, which would prefer to give more spots to in-state citizens.

    Also, the pool of applicants from OOS is more selective that those who apply from in-state.
  • neekzgneekzg Registered User Posts: 1,006 Senior Member
    I believe it can be a lot harder, but it seems that they're accepting a lot more out-of-staters due to the fact that they have to pay full tuition and have a larger tuition than in-staters. Not sure if this lowers the bar, because the UC could just have a bunch of very competitive applicants and can simply admit more of them.
  • BerkeleyHopefulBerkeleyHopeful Registered User Posts: 210 Junior Member
    Oh that's just great. What makes it even worst (I suppose if they're going to look at it) is the fact that I have state residency so I won't be paying the full tuition.

    Yup. Time to go register to retake my tests. And then off to study for my 800s.

    Thanks again for straightening things out.
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