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Are my scores good?

hotsauce240hotsauce240 11 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
So I basically have a 730 on Biology E from June 2017 and a 720 on Math 2 from June 2019. My conventional thinking on subject tests was that if they are above a 700, they show academic competence, and indicate that the student will be academically competitive with the applicants and the students at the college. Having 2 competent Subject scores means I should be set (set as in check the box during admissions review) for most all schools in the country, correct? Please let me know if this is correct, as I can opt to take an additional test in August as it is my last test date before apps go in.

Just for reference, I am interested in applying to UMich and UNC as my top 2, but also Cornell, Columbia, UVa, BU, Northeastern, SUNY Binghamton, etc.
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  • cypresspatcypresspat 151 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I cannot speak with authority on this, but I have read here on CC that the number to shoot for as ‘Just fine’ is 750. You are aiming for some pretty selective schools, many which expect to receive subject tests from most applicants. They will likely be receiving higher scores from many of their applicants. So while I don’t think your scores will get your app sent to the ‘no’ pile right away, they won’t put you on top of the the pile for the next round, either. I think most here will tell you only to retake if it won’t interfere with other important things you need for your applications, like the essays or taking rigorous classes next year. But if it is retaking Vs. Playing video games all day, I would suggest a retake.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 555 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 563 Member
    What major will you be applying for? Those are 83rd and 50th percentiles.
    I wouldn't put them as "yep, very good" at MIT/Stanford/etc as a STEM major - they'd actually be relatively low.

    For Michigan/UNC, I'd say they're fine - not outstanding but not overly concerning. Maybe a bit low at Cornell and Columbia, fine or above expectations for the others.

    If you were going to re-take one, it should be Math 2.
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  • hotsauce240hotsauce240 11 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    @cypresspat @RichInPitt thank you for this information. Would it be better to retake my Math 2 exam in hopes of attaining a better score, or opt for a third exam like US History? Best case in each, let's say I get a 760. So would it be more attractive to have a 730, 720, and 760 (taking US) or having a 730 and 760 (taking Math 2). Thanks for the help.

    The only thing I have that is interfering with my retaking is applications, AP Coursework, and my job, but I can set those back to focus on an exam as it is my last test date before applications.
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3393 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,404 Senior Member
    edited July 12
    FYI - Michigan doesn't require subject tests https://admissions.umich.edu/apply/freshmen-applicants/requirements-deadlines
    Go through your list and see who requires what and go from there. Making an excel spreadsheet helps.

    Also since you didn't share your current unweighted grades and Act /Sat scores it's really kinda hard for anyone to tell you what to study for. Schools are going to weight your GPA and Stats scores higher then your subject scores which are fine. If I had to improve the Act over the subject score I would do that first. Make sense?
    edited July 12
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3393 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,404 Senior Member
    So an example Michigan just came out with their new scores.
    https://admissions.umich.edu/apply/freshmen-applicants/student-profile
    3.9 unweighted with 32 - 35 Act. Engineering is slightly higher 3.93 /34
    That would be what I would concentrate on first VS a subject tests.
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  • cypresspatcypresspat 151 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I think because you just took math
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