Do Ivy League Schools Average SAT Scores after having taken

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By Haan (Haan) on Sunday, May 25, 2003 - 11:25 pm: Edit

I took the SAT three times - my first two times, i scored in the mid-1400s. On my third time, I scored a 1500. I really want that 1500 to be the focal point of my admission and not for that score to be shadowed by the 1400s and averaged. So what do these school do actually?

By ~the_Chosen~ (~the_Chosen~) on Monday, May 26, 2003 - 12:38 am: Edit

Nope, they just take your highest combined score but the U.S. Naval Academy takes your average.

By Haan (Haan) on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 04:31 pm: Edit


By Wawalu223 (Wawalu223) on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 07:57 pm: Edit

As far as I know three times or less is perfectly fine. They'll take the highest combine score probably.

By Dxiw (Dxiw) on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 08:00 pm: Edit

I talked to harvard, u penn, duke and georgetown admissions ppl in person for 3 hours and a few weeks ago and they clearly told me that scores are not averaged. The harvard person also told me that they take the highest combine regardless of times taken and that many applicants have taken it 4-6 times because they took it alot initially like soph year. As long as your score isnt dropping then your fine she said...i didnt ask the other admissions people about sat stuff tho..

By Wobudong (Wobudong) on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 10:30 pm: Edit

For purposes of US News rankings, most Ivies combine the highest math with the highest verbal. Yale at least admits to "looking at" all scores, although it plays the composite game for rankings because everyone else does. The only ones that stick strictly to the single test rule are a few of the top BA/BS/MD programs, and in some of those a high (>1550) first attempt impresses more than a high third attempt. Of course the service academies don't train people to operate in an environment of do overs and really don't care about helping U.S. News sell magazines. Thus, a single test, preferably the first one, must be competitive.

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