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Will New and UNimproved SAT Scores Mean Denial?

Question: I applied to my dream college in September and had my spring SAT scores sent. They contacted me a few weeks ago and said they had made a preliminary decision on my application, but were waiting to see my new SAT scores from October 5 before they made a final decision. This made me very nervous that my scores would determine my acceptance. Today the October scores were released and my heart sunk when I noticed that my overall score didn't change at all (English stayed the same, Math dropped 10 points and Writing increased 10 points). I know my scores are right about "average" for their freshmen last year. Do you think they will deny me because my scores are not higher? Why else would they wait for the retake? The school I applied to is Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. It's a small private school. My total SAT score both times is 1400.

It sounds like you are a borderline candidate which is why the college was waiting for new SAT scores. But it doesn't necessarily mean that they will deny you just because your scores didn't improve significantly. It's possible that, if your new scores simply confirm your old ones (i.e., they didn't get worse) then you could be okay.

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