Help!!! SAT vs SAT II's!!

<p>I am planning on applying to UVA EA and I am an OOS Asian applicant. </p>

<p>I got a 2150 on the SAT's, and I wanted to take it again in October. However, I only recieved a 690 on World History and a 650 on Chemistry. Both scores are low, but I suppose I can send in my World History score. </p>

<p>How important are SAT II's? Would it be detrimental if I only send in 1 score. Should I take the SAT II's in October instead of the SAT's?</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>Personally I don't think your scores are bad. I can understand that you want to present the best possible scores as OOS admits are most competitive. Since EA generally doesn't have an admissions bump I would recommend if you feel you can expect higher scores from both the SAT and SAT2s retaking both and applying regular decision. Again, there's nothing wrong with either your SATs or your SAT2s, but I wouldn't choose between the two if you want to retest in both just to make an EA deadline. </p>

<p>Best of luck to you.</p>

<p>Edit to add: I just reread your question. As far as how important the SAT2s are...they are requested so you can assume they matter. They are part of a holistic review and one lower score isn't going to kill an otherwise stellar app. What I wouldn't advise is sending only one when they request two (if that's what you were suggesting). I'm sure you'll make a great decision that's right for you.</p>

<p>As an OOS Asian, you need all the help you can get. Do better.</p>

<p>Those scores are fine. The SAT used as more of a threshold--once you get over a certain range of scores it's not really looked at any more. Focus on strong senior-year grades.</p>

<p>I have strong stats overall, a 3.95 UGPA and great EC's. My SAT II's are worrisome.</p>

<p>I think it's important to keep in mind that SAT II's aren't even required to apply to UVa so the weight placed on them is probably lower than other criteria.</p>

<p>SAT2s are 'strongly recommended'. In an era of hyper competitive admissions where students look for any insight of how to be a more competitive candidate, or wondering what to put effort into, if a school says they strongly recommend something I would take that as clear language that it matters.</p>