Should I Retake the SAT this December?

<p>I accidentally posted this in the SAT prep section when I meant to post it here, so I'll try this again.</p>

<p>I took the SAT my first time this October and am trying to decide whether to retake in December, wait until January, or wait even further. I'm trying to get into a top school for engineering, and scored a 2250 the first time. I feel as if at this point, studying for an extra two months won't help much, especially since I'm trying mostly to boost my math score (I got caught on the wrong side of a wicked curve this October, so hit a 750). I studied for the October test over the summer, so I feel fairly prepared. Another plus is that the December one will be given at my school, so that should help a bit. Does anyone have any advice over whether I should retake, given my situation? The deadline is in less than a week, so I have to decide fast.</p>

<p>By the way, I'm a sophomore so I know that I have plenty of time to retake next year anyways, but I'd rather get it done now and focus on ACT next year since I'm already pretty prepared. </p>

<p>Also, does anyone have any idea if there really is a big difference between a 2250, 2300, and 2350? I'm trying to decide at what point to stop retaking. </p>

<p>Thanks for your help!</p>

<p>For other than CalTech and possibly MIT, your SAT is in the upper 50% of those usually admitted to high ranked engineering programs and for most higher rank engineering colleges the upper 25%. In other words, you probably do not need a retake although if considering Caltech or MIT you might want to increase the math. The risk you face with a retake is possibly getting a lower score particularly considering that your score is already so high. Whether you do so or when is ultimately up to you.</p>

<p>Thank you for replying. As a matter of fact, I am hoping to apply to MIT and Caltech so I understand that I probably should retake it eventually; I'm just trying to decide whether to do it now (now being a month from now) or later. One thing that I have wondered is if having a score that falls in the mid 50% is a good indicator of if your score is good enough for a college. It seems that for many colleges, the mid 50 is lower than what would be expected.</p>

<p>Once again, thanks for your input.</p>