Son is in 10th grade. He studied all summer and got a 1540. His goal was a minimum of 1550 but really wanted something in the neighborhood of 1570-1580.
He ended up with 800 math and 740 verbal.
On the verbal, there was one question omitted. He doesn’t think he omitted a question so a regrade might give him that question and bring him up to his minimum goal of 1550.
I am happy for him and told him he did well but he doesn’t want to hear it. He’s sad, disappointed, mad at himself, etc.
He wants to apply to top schools like Harvard, Stanfurd, Penn, Cal (where SAT doesn’t matter anyway), maybe MIT/CalTech, etc.
He wants to take it again but I’ve been trying to convince him that there’s really no guarantee that he’ll do better…can’t guarantee an 800 in math again so he might lose points there even if he gains a few points on verbal.
Anyway, how much of a difference does it make for top schools if he gets say a 1560 or 1570 vs 1540?