I’m a fairly “standard” white, straight male with average-to-good extracurriculars (started a club that tracks with interests, club head, some out of school activities as well). I go to an elite private school that many consider a “feeder” to the top colleges and universities.
I took the SAT and got a 1510. I know it isn’t a terrible score - it’s almost exactly the average mark for a number of top schools, and it’s above the 75th for all of my “matches” and “safeties”. But, I have a chance to take it again before ED, and I’m wondering if I should. The average SAT at my school is a 1480, and I know a decent number of classmates with scores above 1550. When I took the test, I studied, prepared, and made sure to come well rested etc. I’m not sure how much room for improvement there really is.
The most competitive schools I’m interested in are Vanderbilt, Chicago, and Penn.
Overall, I just feel like I’m flying blind. Do I need to have above the 75th to be competitive at top schools like the ones listed above? Where should I aim to sit?