Am I taking too many tests?

<p>So far, I've taken the chemistry subject test twice, with a score improvement of 50. In march I took the SAT I, and then in June I took biology-m and math 2. In october I will retake the SAT I, and ideally increase my score about 100 points (maybe a bit less). Now I'm wondering if it would be too excessive to have another shot at math and chemistry in november. This means I will have taken the reasoning test twice, chemistry 3 times, math twice, and biology once. For colleges that don't allow score choice, to what extent would this lower my chances of acceptance? Will they look down on me as someone who is too focused on test scores? For those who reccomend using the time I would spend studying to improve other areas of my application, I would probably just spend that time doing nothing instead. Studying for these tests isn't extremely painful for me, and I'm only wondering how big a deal colleges would make about it. Any help will be appreciated.</p>

<p>I too was wondering this question.</p>

<p>I asked the former Dean of Admissions at a certain college and they said that they would NOT look down upon it. They don't over analyze how many times you have taken any test.</p>

<p>A student from my school took the SAT I 5 times and was accepted to Cornell.</p>

<p>Although, if you have taken the SAT II Chem twice and havent gotten above a 700 yet, you might reconsider taking that. Unless you are certain you can this time.</p>

<p>Thanks mrsudden. I guess that's what I wanted to hear, even if it wasn't what I was expecting. I did manage a 720 on my retake of chemistry, so I realize it's not entirely necessary to retake it, especially with the schools I will apply to, but I still think I can do better. I did get a 750 on math 2 though, so I still wonder if taking this one a second time would give a bad impression, even if I got it up to an 800?</p>

<p>Well, many people often asked this sort of questions during campus visits... The representative will always tell us that they let the computer do the work. In that case, the computer will just automatically pick out all your highest scores, which is a good thing in your case. But then again, burn outs often happen when you overtake certain tests... Normally, it's safe to take SATI three times the most. As for SAT subject tests, I say two times the most. I mean <em>god forbid</em>, if the college people did decide to examine all your tests, you wouldn't want to give a bad impression, right?</p>

<p>Thank you cherrykatie, though I'm not sure that that last line there wasn't some kind of subtle jab at my question!</p>

<p>There's not really a penalty per se, but you're wasting your time if you aren't studying in between.</p>

<p>Colleges don't see all of your scores for Highschoolers graduating in 2010, we are the first to be allowed to pick and choose which scores to send. For some schools we can also send superscore, which is basically taking the best math/reading/writing scores and putting them together</p>