So it’s that time of year. Nails get bitten, stomachs get twisted as you await for your scores.
But when you get it back, it’s not what you wanted. Because of a few mistakes, you missed your goal. But should you really delve back into the study books and retake the test?
In this post, I will go over the benefits and costs of retaking such a lengthy, and difficult, test.
The first question to ask is how far your current score is away from your goal. If your score is within 50 points on the SAT and 1 point on the ACT, then great! A little bit more practice, (and luck) and you’ll reach that score. However, the further away you are from your target score, the more practice will be required to reach it. If that is the case, hours more of dedication, study books, and 1 on 1 tutoring may be needed. If your score is 400+ points (SAT) and 10+ points you may need to re-evaluate your score, as it is very difficult to improve.
Furthermore, it is also true that if this is your fourth, fifth, sixth time taking the test, it is EXTREMELY difficult to improve your score. To succeed, you’ll definitely need to change your approach to the test.
But should you take the test one more time?
Bam. At five o'clock in the morning, you race down the stairs to see your SAT/ACT/PSAT score. Andddd, surprise! You earned a score that you’re proud of. What next? What does the score even mean? Does this guarantee Harvard with a 1600 on the SAT and 36 on the ACT?
Well, not quite.
For one thing, extracurriculars impact your college application (I know, you’ve heard this thousands of times before) and so do many other things. But it is also true that standardized test scores provide a baseline for considering a student or clicking on the application and pressing “DELETE”.
In this blog, I will discuss the actual value of standardized test, what this means for your future, and how you can improve.
I hope you enjoy this journey with me!