Who says these kids are "dull?" SATs are not set in stone,and are not the sole (if they are at all) signifiers of "firepower." Adcoms know that a specific number just represents a range, often of 50-100 points either way; a 1400-scorer and a 1600-scorer are not really that far apart! (And note that even valedictorians with 1600s are routinely denied entrance to top schools - sure, at a lower rate, but still, it is no guarantee). In fact, we often find that some 1600 scorers are the dull ones and some 1250-1450 scorers are brilliant! I had the highest GPA ever recorded at my Ivy grad school (of course I tied with a few others from other years) and I did not have perfect board scores. In fact, four of my grad teachers told me I was the best student they ever had and knew more about certain things in my field than people who had been in the business for 30 years. My son was clearly, by almost any measure, the most creative and brilliant kid at his high school, and a truly, TRULY dull noncreative buddy somehow scored much higher on the SATs, (and yes, my son got into a top ten school while the other kid is at a regional TTT).
<p>How about kids who scored 1170? My case is somewhat odd, I took 1 AP exam during my junior year and 4 durring my senior year (2 of them i taught myself the topic). I got 2 threes 2 fours and 1 five.. Can your AP exams make up for a pathetic SAT score???</p>
<p>I personally can recgonize with your son. I am very passionate about the topics that interest me. The SAT does not interest me, so i do very poorly..</p>
<p>P.S. I do plan on retaking it even though I did already graduate from HS (ego reasons :)).. Kinda embarassing.</p>