May 4, 2020
If you are a first-generation-to-college applicant and/or come from a disadvantaged or highly unusual background–or if you have surmounted significant obstacles on your road to college–admission officials will give you some wiggle room when it comes to test scores. But, even so, the admission folks will probably be looking for some otherdistinction besides your impressive academic record. Typically, leadership in school organizations doesn’t stand out at the Ivies as such a distinction. But it is truly impossible for me–an Internet “dean” (who is not actually a dean of anything) to responsibly assess your admission odds based on the little information I have here.
Note, however, that the majority of successful Ivy applicants submit more than the two required Subject Tests, with most of their scores well into the 700s, but –again–a student’s background can play a role in test results and, thus in their admission verdicts.
It won’t hurt you in the eyes of admission offiicials to retake the tests in January if you’re shooting for your best-ever scores, but–given that you’re re-testing this month already–it sounds as if a January re-re-test will be overkill and probably won’t produce the significant gains you may need.
I wish you well with your outcomes at Cornell, Princeton, and Penn. But also keep in mind that there are lots of great colleges that will welcome a student with your record, so make sure that your list includes places that fit you well but that also offer “Realistic” (as well as “Safe”) chances of acceptance. The Ivies must be considered “Reach” schools for everyone.