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Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | June 13, 2013

SAT's After High School?

Question: My son just graduated high school. He only took the SAT once and did not score that great. Since he is out of high school now can he re-take the SAT?

Congratulations to you on your son’s graduation. Your son can definitely re-take the SAT after high school, whether it’s this coming fall or further down the road.

He just needs to register at the College Board Web site as he has done already, and when he’s asked to choose a test center, he can select his old high school if he wants to (and if it’s an option) or he can pick any other test center that is convenient.


Although the test is primarily taken by high school students, there are other young adults who take it as well … and even some not-so-youngadults.

However, if your son is planning to be in school in the fall (e.g., in a community college), he might want to postpone the re-test until he has taken additional math and English classes. This could help him boost his SAT scores the next time around. He would also be wise to prepare for the test using practice books or online materials. Prep courses can be expensive, but books and online study aids are usually fairly inexpensive or even free, especially if you buy them used. In fact, your son probably has friends who would be delighted to part with their used SAT prep stuff for free with the hope that they never have to even think about those tests again!

 

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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