If I get 200-500 lower the second time I take the SAT, will it look bad?

<p>I got in the 1900s when taking the test in June. I'm planning to take it again in October, but I don't know how well I'm going to study for it once school starts or if something wrong happens on that day... I'm also going to just send the first free 4 score reports early prior to taking the test. So, if I get a 1600 or 1700, will it lower my chances of admission? </p>

<p>I have read from the other messages that colleges take your highest scores, but will they think that there is something weird going on because of the drop?</p>

<p>They will probably assume you didn’t study or were busy. I don’t think they would jump to the conclusion that you cheated on the first test, if that was what you were getting at.</p>

<p>Though if you are taking the SAT again it will probably be worth to study as much as possible. Probably studying over the summer (if you can’t do during school) is a lot better than nothing.</p>

<p>No, actually 200-500 point score drops raise your chances for admissions. Think.</p>

<p>You may not know this but if you get a 1900 and drop to an 1120 EXACTLY you automatically get admitted in anywhere. Might want to do that.</p>

<p>^ that wasnt funny in the least</p>

<p>^I agree. No giggles left my lips :/</p>

<p>But uh yeah, there’s not much chance you’ll drop that much points even if you wait until October anyway.</p>

<p>if you don’t study at all, your score may even increase. sometimes relaxing yourself is way better than constraining it.</p>

<p>^ That doesn’t apply to all people (but maybe to OP). Like I was scoring in the high 2100s+ the month before the January SAT, I take just one week off, bam 50 point decrease.</p>

<p>Ok thanks. I was mostly thinking about whether the colleges would think I was cheating if I happened to get a drastically lower score.</p>

<p>One person didn’t get into their dream college because their score went up by 500 points the second time they took the SAT. </p>


<p>ETS thought he cheated or something and held on to his score. The college he applied to was only able to see his old score. As a result, the college rejected him. Ouch.</p>

<p>ETS later validated his score and he was acquitted of cheating.</p>

<p>So this case is actually the converse of your situation. Still, big drops and gains aren’t good.</p>

<p>yes. This is a bad question</p>