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How Many Times Should You Take the SAT?

I would highly recommend students try to take the SAT only once – and at most two times- for the following reasons:

(1) Even with score choice optional reporting, many schools request to receive full score reports from the College Board.  If an admissions office sees a student has taken the test many times, it becomes indicative of the student's greater goal of "gaming" the test.

(2) If a student knows that he/she can take an exam many times, they will never quite take any SAT (or ACT) exam as seriously as they should. 

(3) Taking the exam fewer times allows for greater freedom on other aspects of school.  If you're always trying to prepare for the "next" SAT or ACT, you'll find yourself neglecting other important factors in college admissions such as extracurricular activities, clubs, sports, music and such.

Hope this helps you decide how many SAT (and/or) ACT exams you should take in preparing for college admissions!



Ross Blankenship is an education expert, and Chairman of Top Test Prep.  For more information on Top Test Prep's programs, call (800) 501-Prep.

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