You've checked, double checked and triple checked – but that score report isn't misleading you. Your SAT score really did turn out to be lower than your PSAT score was, and you didn't expect that. But don't be too hard on yourself – there are some pretty straightforward reasons that could explain this situation.

We spoke with Hanna Stotland, JD, an independent educational consultant, to find out what might have happened, along with tips on how to improve your score if you decide to retake the SAT before college applications are due.

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