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Retaking the SAT

How can students decide if they should take the SAT again?

Many students take the SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year, and then again in the fall of their senior year. The score report contains score change information specific to the student, based on score change results of other students with the same score.

Using SAT® Skills Insight™ to advise students

SAT® Skills Insight™ , available to students at sat.collegeboard.org/practice is a free online resource that shows which academic skills typically yield scores in each 100-point range band (200-290, 300-390, and so on). You can use it to identify the types of academic skills that students should concentrate on to improve their scores. Suggestions for improvement can be based on a target score range; for example, students scoring in the high 400s can aim to move to the next score band by focusing on skills that typically yield scores in the 500-590 score band. You can also use the sample questions and answers to help students understand how the SAT tests different skills.

Score changes when students test again

Here are some general points about score change that may help you advise your students.

  • 55 percent of juniors taking the test improved their scores as seniors.
  • 35 percent had score drops.
  • 10 percent had no change.
  • The higher a student's scores as a junior, the more likely that student's subsequent scores will drop.
  • The lower the initial scores, the more likely the scores will go up.
  • On average, juniors repeating the SAT as seniors improved their combined critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores by approximately 40 points.
  • About 1 in 25 gained 100 or more points on critical reading or mathematics, and about 1 in 90 lost 100 or more points.

See tables on score change and other relevant data.

Customized Entry Pages

Related Materials

Go to the SAT Downloads and Materials Ordering page to view and print these and other related materials:

  • Guidelines for the Release of Data
  • Score Reporting Options for High Schools
  • Electronic Data Layout for High Schools
  • Score Reporting Options for Higher Ed Institutions
  • Electronic Data Layout for Higher Ed Institutions

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