July 1, 2013

Anonymous said: are you a brony? also does yale require sat subject tests?

I’m going to risk sounding stupid asking this, but what is a brony? Wait, nevermind. Internet!

Um… no. 

Yes, if you choose to take the SAT over the ACT.

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June 18, 2013
Remember: Scores are just scores

They are only one part of a whole in an application. There are multiple components and it’s usually about the whole package than just one thing. 

Think about it, when was the last time that you bought something worth a significant amount of money only because you liked one aspect of it and not all the others? Its usually about multiple factors that appeal, not just one. 

March 29, 2013

Anonymous said: hi! okay so i'm a junior. i took the nov sat and got a 2270, but i had a lowish writing score bc of a poor essay (a 7 oh man haha) so i wanted to retest (also bc i thought that i had a chance at making 800 in CR). so i took it again in march. i feel that my essay was marginally better but my mc was worse (for writing) and reading was just sad. turns out I got the same math and writing scores and my reading score lowered 40 points- so 2230. and i can't decide if i should try again in oct? (cont)

You could take it again. It is said that after taking the SAT 3 times, the score doesn’t change much. You may even want to take October as an opportunity to take subject tests.

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November 4, 2012

Anonymous said: If a college highly recommends that you turn in all SAT scores but your most recent test has scores that aren't as good as your last one, will it highly affect your admission?

Well, a college may recommend something, but then it depends on what colelgeboard will do to send in the scores. 

Honestly, I don’t think it would? Usually SAT scores are superscored (ie: they ignore your lowest scores). And one test that you take one random Saturday isn’t an accurate depiction of your true academic abilities. 

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October 29, 2012

Anonymous said: I'm a senior. I have taken the SAT twice. My first try was really bad (about 1200 sat score); the second time i took this october i had improved, but the score is not that great (I'm talking a 920 composite and 1430 in total with cr m and w). and im in the top 26%. does my GPA (about 3.9 out of 4.0), volunteering (little over 100 hours) ,extracurriculars (school clubs), having about 40 college credits (I go to an early college high school) and an internship sort of make up for it?

In the end, you just have to apply to schools and see how things play out. A person can offer you their opinion about how you would fair in terms of college applications but the only people’s whose opinions matter would be the admissions officers. 

Though my honest opinion is that the SAT, or any other standardized test, is not an accurate measure of your academic ability. It ultimately lies on your entire package as an applicant. 

So I wish you luck on your college applications and I hope that you end up at a school that you are excited to go to :)

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October 28, 2012

Anonymous said: is a 1970 too low for mit or johns hopkins? it's okay if it's a yes lol i just need to know so i don't apply and have no chance of getting in. my rank is probably the best thing: 1. & i have a 3.8 gpa.

I, personally, don’t think that SAT is an accurate measurement for academic ability. If you are worried about getting rejected and that is what you feel like might happen, then don’t apply. My philosophy has always been to apply just to see how things would go. You never want to regret not applying.

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October 21, 2012

Anonymous said: dumb question I know, but I'm taking my final SAT right after my app is due. Can I send my most recent score after I send my applications?

That would be a question for college admissions officers, because I honestly don’t know this website. Try calling them sometime? (or email though that does tend to take a long time). Orrr, you can go to colleges’ websites. Sometimes they will specify when is the latest you can take an SAT test.

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October 8, 2012

Anonymous said: If I have a high ACT score, good SAT 1 score but only mediocre (650-750) SAT 2 scores, should I send both ACT and SAT in or only ACT?

Up to you. If you have the option of sending either or both and you feel like one may hurt you in anyway, then I would just send the higher of the two. Just make sure you took the ACT with writing!

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October 7, 2012

Anonymous said: If my SAT scores AND my ACT scores are pretty low, but I have a rigorous schedule and have basically all 3/4/5s on my AP tests, do you think I still stand a chance at the top colleges? When I saw low I mean in the 1800s..

I, personally, think that you do. I say that you shouldn’t let your standardized test scores define you. It really wouldn’t hurt you to apply. But if you are really doubting your chances of getting into a school, just apply for fun but don’t get attached to the school. Also you could still retake your ACT/SAT? If you apply regular, that is

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September 25, 2012

Anonymous said: If my SAT scores are pretty low [and I mean.. low...] and my ACT scores are high, should I send both anyway because I'm applying to mainly new england schools. Or should I just send my ACT.

If there is a large discrepancy between the scores, you should just send the better one. Which, in this case, would be your ACT scores.

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