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?
Can colleges see your number of retakes?
Some schools do require you to list all of your test scores. But the majority do not. Because of College Board’s Score Choice and ACT Superscore, most colleges will only take your best score in each category throughout every test, REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY TIMES YOU TAKE THE TEST.
Again, many colleges will not consider the amount of retakes in deciding your final score, as they will take the best score from all of your tests.
You can check if your school accepts Score Choice here
If your college does NOT require all scores, it will definitely be worth it to retake your test!
Think about it. If you can improve your score, AND your college won’t know that you took the test again, why not go for it?
My college requests all of my test scores
Of course, not all colleges use ScoreChoice, and some do require you to send ALL of your scores, for both the SAT and ACT. However, if you’ve only taken the SAT or ACT once, definitely go and retake it.
Let’s say you’re close to your target score. Even if colleges know that you’ve taken the test a second time, they wouldn’t mark it against you. Many students take the test multiple times, and through that, get closer and reach their target scores. And remember, you may not only apply to one school. Your other schools would probably accept ScoreChoice and ACT Superscoring.
Let’s say you’re far away from your target score. Well, maybe the second you take it, you’ll realize your mistakes and improve. Of course, you would need to invest hours studying for the test if you are a distance from your goal, but it would be well worth it. I mean, sometimes, you just get unlucky and do poorly. So why not take that second time?
Because of the multiple benefits that are associated with retaking the test, you most likely should retake. Of course, if this is your fifth or sixth time, you may need to rethink retaking the test, but if this is your second or third time, GO AND RETAKE IT!
Colleges sometimes don’t even care, especially if you’ve only taken the test once. Because of ScoreChoice and Superscore, it won’t even matter if you do poorly the second time. Many colleges only take your BEST score of your section.
So, go out and RETAKE!
If you have ANY questions, just shoot me a comment or contact ZoMu on the Contact page!