SAT as Sophomore?

<p>I'm considering taking it in June, by my Mom doesn't really want me to. She thinks it's unconventional (which it is) and my scores will be sent to colleges. I keep on arguing that they won't be sent if I say I don't want them too, and my info won't be sent to colleges unless I sign up for the SSS (student search service).</p>

<p>I got around a 700 on each section on a Princeton Review practice test without any studying. That's not my goal, but I think I will do a lot better by June. My purpose is to establish a base score that I can fall back on.</p>

<p>My Mom signed me up for Princeton Review tutoring and wants me to take the test after. But I'm questioning it's worth. It's really expensive. But my sister had the same tutor and she got a 800 780 750 and got into Harvard.</p>

<p>I really don't know what to do. I want to self-study, see what I get, and if I'm really not happy with it I'll do the Princeton Review program. But then there's score choice and all of those colleges that don't support it...</p>

<p>Please help!</p>

<p>If you wanna take a trial run, I say go for it. Since I have no doubt you will do better in future retakes, colleges should only consider the best scores (be it one sitting or highest section). Score choice or not they don't usually discredit you for having a lower score compared to other attempts, especially if you took it as a sophomore.</p>

<p>Just as a matter-of-fact, all SAT scores are looked at by colleges, although they only look at the one that you actually sent.</p>

<p>I dont recommend taking the SAT more than three times.</p>

<p>I took the SAT in ninth grade <a href="im%20a%20junior">for who knows what reason -.-</a> and got a 1880... now i get 2250-2350. </p>

<p>If you are confident that you can do well on your own, go for it. You seem very motivated yourself to do well so I think that you would be fine on your own.</p>

<p>MAS1996 - As a parent of S who now has three scores (I mistakenly saved his decent 8th grade talent search score plus his two new scores) I don't recommend you take it now.
Rather practice or get tutored for the PSAT next fall ( which you may have 'taken' as a sophomore in October of this year ) then slide into the November or December SAT your junior year using that tutoring and practice for a good use. It worked well for my son who is now done as a junior in December.
You can request which scores be sent for SOME schools; other schools like the ivies will not let you cherry pick your scores and they see all and wonder why on earth you took it as a sophomore. Look at some of the other threads on CC and you will see many discussions about how many scores should be seen.</p>

<p>I took the SAT my sophomore year in October and scored a 2250 after studying over the summer. I retook it in December and scored substantially higher. Why I did this, I really don't know, except to take some of the stress off junior year. Honestly, I don't think there's much of a problem taking it sophomore year, as long as you have the drive and commitment to study for it. Also, when you look at all the standardized tests that have to be taken (SAT, ACT, Subject tests) I feel that it's better to space it out. Of course, this all depends on if you're willing to study hard for it because colleges will see it.</p>

<p>And yes, I did self-study.</p>

<p>Take it as a junior, you will be flat out more knowledgeable as a junior. I recently took an official practice test timed. I got a 2380 on it. On my sophomore PSAT I got a 192 and on my junior PSAT I got a 204 no studying for either. I started studying in november and my score is 2300+ now. If you start studying little by little now and take it junior year (Dec, Jan is best in my opinion...gives you time for retakes) you will not only have all that time you have been studying, but you will be smarter through just being older and taking regular classes in school. I know someone in my school a grade younger than me(he's a sophomore) who is a flat out genius and scored only a 1850-2000 or something on his SAT that he took early. I would just wait and take it next year</p>

<p>I recommend taking a Princeton Review SAT (not PSAT) course late in the summer before your junior year. This will actually terrifically prepare you for the PSAT in the fall to help secure either Commended or National Merit status & $ for college. THEN, take the Princeton Review six session on-line SAT booster class (free for you because of your summer enrollment) and sit for the first fall SAT exam you can. My daughter did this, scored terrifically on both the PSAT & SAT and never took another SAT again! She has been receiving nice scholarship offers with her Early action acceptances this month so clearly it was fine taking the SAT just one time. Freed her up to better handle the many other stressers which come with Junior year. Good luck to you!</p>