Congratulations! You’ve made it to your senior year of high school. With less an a year left until college you have a lot to look forward to. In addition to completing college applications, it is time to review your SAT exam scores. Even if you spent junior year studying night and day for the exam, you must be honest with yourself about your scores. Are you satisfied with them? If not, it’s never too late to turn it around! Retaking your SAT senior year can actually be a great way to boost scores and improve your chances of getting into your preferred school.
1. Improve Your Score from Experience
Here are some shocking numbers you may not know: according to the College Board, the makers of the SAT, 55% of test takers improved their scores when retaking it their senior year! Even more surprising is that the lower your score is, the higher your chance at improving when you take it your second time around!
Your first SAT test will most likely knock you out on your feet, even with the best study skills preparing you. It’s long, there’s distractions, and you never know what kind of questions you will get. But the second time around, you have experience on your side. You know what your day will be like from the moment you walk through the testing doors until you put your pencil down. You may also understand the questions better and be able to use hindsight to see where you went wrong. With experience on your side, you’re sure to improve.
2. Less Pressure
Junior year is a big year for most students. College is starting to become a reality, buoyed by campus tours, meetings, and big tests that can determine your future. From parents to guidance counselors, you probably felt the college crush from the first day of classes.
When a student takes the SAT more than one time, colleges only see the amount of times you took the test and the specific test score that the student selects. In fact, you can pretend a previous test never happened. And if you happened to do worse, you can always just submit your junior year score. No harm, no foul.
3. Prepare Smarter
Though experience plays a massive role in improving your scores, nothing beats preparation. Many juniors begin their test prep a few months out to the testing date, which gives them plenty of time to study. But as a senior, it’s different. As long as you submit your scores by the college’s application deadline, you have additional time to make your flashcards or find a good study partner.
4. Narrow Down Your Schools
Unsure of which colleges you are planning to apply to? Many seniors make their final decisions based off the tools they have: their GPA, and their SAT scores. While you cannot make huge changes to your GPA in a short period of time, you can improve your test scores. In return, you can decide which schools will be a good fit for your academic talents.