Thanks for the responses. I more or less feel the same way as most of you in that he did well and should be proud. He is in 10th grade now so he studied over the summer after his freshman year. He took an SAT course all summer and it was a pretty intensive course where they take a practice exam 3 times/wk, etc.
He does want to go to a top college and one reason why he’s so obsessed with the SAT and his GPA is that that’s kind of all he has under control. He is trying various sports and EC but he’s not really an athlete and it’s not like you can practice basketball all summer and then play on the varsity team, etc. Same with soccer, tennis, etc. He does swim but he’s not one of the best swimmers or anything like that so he kind of feels like he needs to at least get high test scores and such to make up for deficiencies in other areas.
He has asked about starting clubs and such but my advice to him is to look at starting something or working on something like that, etc. if he really wants to and feels a need and a real desire. Don’t start an animal shelter or a teen suicide hotline or start a medical drive at school to collect money for hurricane victims or something like that just because you think it’ll look decent on a college application…his heart should genuinely be in it.
Anyway, he is still disappointed because at his school and around him, there are many others who scored in the high 1500s.
And yeah, earlier in the year he took a practice SAT and scored around 1400 so his stretch goal was 1550 but over the summer he was scoring in the low 1500s so he really wanted a 1550.
His math at 800 was a slight fluke. He has scored that high before but usually he scored around 780 or so. His RW at 740 was a little lower than normal but not by much…he always struggled with reading but writing was usually better so he was expecting around 760 or so.
Anyway, I told him he can take it again if he wants to but to wait a year until his Junior year. A few days ago he was saying that he wanted to take it again in October right away but at least I got him to wait and think things through a bit for a year before he decides on his next step.