<p>Again, depends on where they are applying. Then again, the fact that they are taking SATIIs tells that they will apply to a top school. However, I hated the SATII subject tests (though I did well). They just seem stupid. Now schools use them to select students claiming they want to major in something before they even arrive as if it is not subject to change. So ridiculous when you actually think about it. The idea that a 700 isn't good enough and that getting higher a "second" time will indicate how well they will do once they in college is dumb. SAT Is are hardly effective as a predictor, especially amongst high-performing students in college. I know some people here who have admitted low SATs and are doing quite well. SATIIs are a crock. I guess it's supposed to be the American equivalent to A-levels (which are now being scrutinized by various officials claiming that they have been watered down or inflation has occurred. It's almost getting to the point that some prefer IB over it.)</p>
<p>But ignore my rant. Retake the test to solidify your chances at gaining admissions to a top school. Just don't expect it to mean much once you get there. They design the courses so that nearly everyone is back on equal playing field and you have to work to earn good grades in the science courses as the inflation is much less/non-existent (when compared to say the humanities, which can buffer your GPA if you actually know how to write well), especially at intro. level (gen. chem., orgo., and bio). I don't know about Ivies/peers of Emory, but here, if you are lucky and they happen to curve in an intro. course, it will only be 1-2 points per person. Even with that, less than 20% may receive an A-range score. The same could be said for orgo. where the curve is larger, yet only 5-10% get A range grades in the course after it. The curve is kind of bell"ish" with most being lumped in the B-/C+ range. The median is normally curved to B-/B, and the mean is C+/B-.
I wish you luck, hopefully your journey through the chem. program at X-university ends up successful.</p>