Wow, didn't see that one coming

<p>So I just got my SAT II math scores and compared to what everyone is posting, mine are the lowest scores I've seen. Are 660 Math I and/or 640 Math II good scores for MIT?</p>

<p>Should I retake them?...I took them at the end of my 10th grade year on finals week and taking the ACT the following Saturday so I'd like to think I was simply overwhelmed...or are these scores good enough for MIT?</p>

<p>Not unless you also cured cancer. </p>

<p>I'd definitely retake it for MIT.</p>

<p>For point of references, MIT admissions officers generally say that they like to see scores over 700 on each section of the SAT.</p>

<p>Of course, that doesn't mean that no one with lower scores ever gets in. It's perfectly possible to get accepted with your scores, but you could improve your application by bumping them up a few points. It's up to you what you want to do.</p>

<p>(I say this in an open-ended sort of way because remember, your application consists of a lot of different things, and none of us can tell you your "chances" even with the whole picture, let alone just one data point.)</p>

<p>I'd say probably retake them. If you were really that overwhelmed, which it sounds like you were, and you got those scores, then you could easily get 700+ if you took them again. Plus then you wouldn't have to worry if that was part of the reason of not getting accepted somewhere.</p>

<p>retake 10char</p>

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<p>No. (And I'm glad you added the qualifier "for MIT", as they really are quite good scores overall.) As Laura said, you can still get into MIT with those scores, but I would study and retake if possible.</p>

<p>What's the point of taking SATII's after sophomore year? Only take SATII's early if your finishing an AP course that year.</p>

<p>Yes, and you should retake.</p>

<p>There isn't calc on the SAT IIs. I took Advanced Algebra II my 10th grade year which is algebra 2, precalc, prob/stat,trig etc, so I figured it would be a good time.</p>

<p>Yeah, but you use tryg again in calculus so it becomes more routine. That's my feeling anyway. I didn't take the SAT's as a sophomore.</p>

<p>1) MIT doesn't need both math 1 and math 2.</p>

<p>2) Why are you taking SAT so early? lol</p>

<p>3) Like everyone else said.. I guess you could get into MIT with those scores.. but why take the "risk"? Just retake, get your 700+ and forget about the SAT II altogether.</p>

<p>1) Study more
2) You NEED to retake because an 800 on the Math Level 2 is "only" 89th percentile which is low for MIT. 89th percentile is good for most colleges but MIT is not most colleges.
3) Have a fun summer! :D</p>

<p>There are two possibilities:</p>

<p>Perhaps you were overwhelmed. On the other hand, each SAT II is only an hour long, multiple choice test, so it shouldn't be unduly stressful.</p>

<p>More likely, your class in school didn't adequately prepare you for the exam. Mid 600's are a good score (as Piper said). It is very likely that the handful of things you got wrong you hadn't ever seen or hadn't reviewed in a long time. </p>

<p>Here's my recommendation: retake the Math II exam. Take only this one test in October. To prepare, get a good review book. Take one or two practice exams. Go over your performance carefully and identify what you don't know. The practice exam will reveal themes in your mistakes. DO NOT study things you already know! Learn (or re-learn) carefully only the things that you missed. Take another practice exam. Either you will do very well, or you will be able to identify another area of weakness to focus on. Repeat.</p>

<p>With this method you will probably spend less than 20 hours and $20 ($0 if you use the library) to get 800 or close to it on the next go round. But you shouldn't do this solely for a higher score. You should do this to make sure you are rock solid in this subject before you move on to calc.</p>

<p>Even though the math SAT II does not have any calculus on it, students who wait to take the exam until they've had calculus still score higher on it. When you take calculus, you get a lot of practice with algebra and geometry, and make fewer mistakes on the test.</p>