Xiggi. Please give me advice about my SAT dilemma!

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By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 07:37 pm: Edit

Dear Xiggi,

I previously posted about my situation. I scored this on my SATs from OCtober, January to March. The results aren't great:
1240, 1350, 1260.

Will Columbia look at it with a weird eye? I'm definately going for early decision.

I'm wondering if it would be a logical choice to go for another SAT exam, my 4th time in June. Would it be too early? I was trying to strike a 1400. What do you think my game plan should be?

By Freudboy (Freudboy) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 07:58 pm: Edit

Low for Columbia. You need at least a 1420-1450

By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 08:02 pm: Edit

DUDE I KNOW THAT lol But what can I do? Will the 4th time be the charm?

By Athlonmj (Athlonmj) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 08:07 pm: Edit

Only take it a 4th time if you KNOW you can get over a 1400

By Xiggi (Xiggi) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 08:09 pm: Edit

If your scores, especially combined scores, are too low for your target school, go ahead and take the test again. You have nothing to lose. Check the statistics for Columbia and assess your realiztic chances.

Given the limited time, focus on the area where you can get the biggest increase: typically the math section.

Give it one last shot! Otherwise, you'll spend a few years thinking "What if ...."

Good luck!

By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 08:46 pm: Edit

A fourth time is advisable but a fifth time is not advisable correct?

By Xiggi (Xiggi) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 01:07 am: Edit

Tom Fischgrund, an author who was given unprecedented access to TCB databases, wrote a book called "The Perfect 1600".

On page 216, he answers the question "How many times should I take the SAT?" with the follwoing words:


Take the SAT as many times as you like, until you get the score you want. 24% of the students who scored a perfect 1600 took the test three or more times. Taking it five or six times may sound excessive. At some point, you have to accept your score. However, a student who took the SAT 1600 five times before scoring a 1600 was accepted at Harvard"

Hope this helps!

By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 10:38 am: Edit

Thanks for all the answwerse to my question!! One more question: If I do want to shoot for a 1400, would it be more advisable to go for June or October?

By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 12:17 pm: Edit

Another question: If I took it 4 or 5 times, could Columbia possibly average out my SAT scores? I know they said that they pick the highest combined, but can they be trusted? Do they keep their word?

By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 04:06 pm: Edit


By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 08:11 pm: Edit


By Xiggi (Xiggi) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 10:30 pm: Edit

No school is known to average scores.

By Jenz129 (Jenz129) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 10:39 pm: Edit

Xiggi, I got 1550, 1410. Should I retake to make up for the 1410?

By Whtx (Whtx) on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 10:46 pm: Edit

hey eric, do you go to the school of the blazers?

By Ericng314 (Ericng314) on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 09:38 am: Edit

Jenz... From my own opinion, your scores would definately be good for Ivy League or HYPS schools. They'll take the highest anyway. I think you should not take anymore SAT unless you study and feel like you can score higher. I don't really care what people say now about 3 times limit because it's just a fabricated myth. I have to redeem myself LOL. I doubt that I can get a 1400, but for my future I have to give it one last shot! No I do not go to school of the Blazers. I'm in NYC and go to a school where the team is called Lady Blazers.

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