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Should I re-take the SAT or ACT?

We’ve had many questions about whether students should re-take the SAT or ACT after receiving their scores back. Perhaps they were a bit disappointed with their SAT or ACT exam results.

There are a few things to consider:
(1) Where does your SAT or ACT score fit within the range of schools you’re applying?
-For example, if you’re more than 2 points off on the middle ACT range or 100 points off the SAT range of your choice school, you may want to re-take the exam. After all, it would only benefit you with the new SAT score reporting rules to re-take the exam with less fear that the schools will see a lower test score. There’s nothing to lose in re-trying on these exams.

(2) What’s your current GPA?
-Sometimes schools place more emphasis on high school performance than on SAT and ACT scores. Overall, however, the colleges still use the SAT and ACT as an objective measure of your future performance. Thus, your GPA does matter but the test scores usually count for more. If your GPA and SAT scores don’t match in terms of academic performance (example: a student with a 4.0 GPA and 1800 on the SAT), you might want to consider writing an admissions essay to describe your overall test performance and what you tried to do despite your SAT or ACT exam results.

(3) Consider private tutoring or home tutoring…
-If you’ve tried the large class sizes of a test prep company, perhaps it’s time to try private tutoring or in-home tutoring from Top Test Prep. After all, we’ll show you ways to improve your SAT and ACT exam scores, while customizing an SAT study schedule or ACT study schedule for you.

We’re here to help you with your SAT and ACT exams, with our private tutoring and admissions consulting. Call us today at (800) 501-7737 or visit us online at www.TopTestPrep.com.

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