Admission scores

<p>Hey everyone,</p>

<p>I have an 800 on the SAT I math, SAT II math, and 36 on the ACT math, as well as 5's on both AP Calc tests. I also took Calculus III, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra before my senior year of high school.</p>

<p>The problem is that my CR/English scores are not as high (670 CR on the SAT, 660 Writing, 29 combined english/writing on the ACT).</p>

<p>If I have plenty of EC's and work experience/community service, do you think my math scores would make up for my less than average scores at caltech? Should I try to retake the SAT and get my scores up in January even though they will most likely not count for admission purposes there?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

<p>it can. i wouldn't recommend retaking, as long as your EC's and application reflect/convey passion for science. without this, even a very high test score may not help.</p>

<p>How about other schools, though? I'm sure there are other top-notch schools on your list that do accept the January SATs, so it's probably worth it in that regard. </p>

<p>A 2130 is very low for Caltech--not impossibly low, of course, but a high overall score plus passion is even better than passion for science alone. I'd retake. The SAT is a coachable test and you're obviously a smart kid; if you spend your Christmas break doing a bunch of practice tests, I bet your score would jump significantly. Good luck!</p>