Preparing for College

SAT Re-Take for High-Scoring Junior?

Question: I took the SAT I in March and did really well (Math-790, Verbal-800, Writing-740) but, before I got my scores back, I signed up to retake it in May. I've already paid the fee and I think that if I take it again I could do better, but I wanted to know if it would hurt me to do worse.

Colleges typically use your best scores from each section of the SAT, even if they're from different testings, so it can't hurt to re-take the tests. Sure, if you do egregiously worse (very unlikely) then colleges will see the new scores as well as the old ones, but they'll really only pay attention to your highest numbers.

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