Should I retake the SAT with a 2290?

<p>Standardized tests come easily for me most of the time as compared to grades and class ranks in which my credentials are veery mediocre.</p>

<p>I studied for at most four hours in total over a month and took one practice test and I scored 800 on CR, 700 on math, and 790 on Writing with 11 essay.</p>

<p>The dilemma is that I feel I can easily bump my math to a 750 or above with just a little practice, and I will probably do equally good as I did the first time on all the sections, but my essay score was maybe a fluke. The topic fitted me and I was able to fill both pages with coherent examples, but usually I'm crap at sat essays whenever the prompt is something I react to with confusion or a blank mind. I end up getting a 8 or so. so is it worth the risk, time and effort? Money doesn't matter as my parents will be paying for it</p>

<p>Come on mangs!!</p>

<p>No, at this point, an extra 50 points won't be the deciding factor on whether or not you get into the school of your choice. In short, an extra 50 points won't matter. It would be a waste of money.</p>

<p>Retake, your math score is definetly good, but if you're sure you can bring it to 750 or higher then retake.</p>

<p>Don't do it... you're going to be wasting your time. Colleges see no difference between the perfect 2400 and a 2290. But if you want to show that you're good at math, just take SAT II.</p>

<p>don't bother, especially if you want to major in something in the humanities (not math or science) because that's where your strong scores are.</p>

<p>I'm not usually for retaking SATs, but just because of the way your scores are skewed (extremely high CR and W, high M) I'd take it again:</p>

<p>You can probably raise Math up by a LOT.</p>

<p>Even if 50 points don't make a difference, you could get the easy psychological pow of2300+.</p>

<p>Then again, it most certainly ISNT the biggest deal in the world...just something to think about.</p>

<p>Uh no? There is a HUGE difference between a 2290 and a 2400.</p>

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Don't do it... you're going to be wasting your time. Colleges see no difference between the perfect 2400 and a 2290. But if you want to show that you're good at math, just take SAT II.

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That's an erroneous assertion. </p>

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The dilemma is that I feel I can easily bump my math to a 750 or above with just a little practice, and I will probably do equally good as I did the first time on all the sections, but my essay score was maybe a fluke. The topic fitted me and I was able to fill both pages with coherent examples, but usually I'm crap at sat essays whenever the prompt is something I react to with confusion or a blank mind. I end up getting a 8 or so. so is it worth the risk, time and effort? Money doesn't matter as my parents will be paying for it

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With a 2290, I would advise retaking only if you were completely confident that you would equal or improve your performance on every section. This doesn't seem to be the case so I suggest you focus on other things. A 2290 is an excellent score anyways.</p>

<p>You'd better get math 800</p>

<p>I've found that Math 800 isn't hard at all...It's just careless errors and the curve that kills everyone. Just try to take your time and reread the questions a bigillion times</p>

<p>if you do, I'll find you...</p>

<p>If you think you can do better in the math, go for it. It can't hurt unless you do extrememly poorly. Since colleges superscore, a lower score in W or CR wouldn't be too bad, and a higher score in Math may improve your chances.</p>

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Colleges see no difference between the perfect 2400 and a 2290

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<p>Wrong.</p>

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I've found that Math 800 isn't hard at all...It's just careless errors and the curve that kills everyone

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<p>The careless errors are what makes it hard for so many people.</p>

<p>The odds are that your CR and W will go down in a subsequent retake, even if your math goes up. Have you taken Math Level II? It covers more challenging math than the SAT anyway. Have you taken AP Calc and earned a good score? What math courses have you taken and what are the grades like? It's the whole picture, not just one section of a test, that colleges consider.</p>

<p>One of my kids got a 2290 on his second sitting for the SAT. Never considered retaking it for a moment, though he would have liked duplicating the 80 PSAT CR on the SAT. Other S got a 2380. Both got into the same top school EA.</p>

<p>Once you have a score in this range, you need to spend your Saturday mornings doing something else that satisfies your soul.</p>

<p>Don't retake it. No college is going to reject you because you got a 2290 instead of a 2330. Retaking it will make it seems like you don't have a life.</p>