If you’re asking yourself if you should retake the SAT, then the short answer is yeah, probably. Read on to see when you should or shouldn’t retake the SAT 📝
When you should retake the SAT
- If you’ve only taken the SAT one or two times, then you should definitely try again. Nearly everyone scores higher on each successive test they take, so you might as well go for it.
- Chances are you’re applying to a college that lets you superscore your test results, which means they’ll automatically consider your highest score on each of the individual SAT sections you’ve taken so far, and then combine them all together. The more times you take the SAT, the more likely you’ll have a higher score overall.
- If you feel like you just really didn’t do well on one particularly section of the SAT, it’s totally okay to try again. Nobody’s perfect — maybe you weren’t feeling well or you just couldn’t figure out what one passage meant — which is totally okay! Just study some more with Bolt, and you’ll be in perfect shape 😉
When you shouldn’t retake the SAT
- Just because you can technically take the SAT as many times as you want doesn’t mean you should: the recommended maximum is six times.
- If retaking the SAT is only causing you to be seriously anxious and stressed out, affecting your overall mood, it’s likely to have an affect on other parts of your application as well. Try taking a break from SAT studying and focus on other aspects, like working on your essay or other extra-curriculars.
- If retaking the SAT is going to be a financial burden on your family, that’s something to consider as well. And, if you didn’t already know, the SAT offers registration waivers for many students — see if you’re eligible here.