SAT Prep FAQs: How Many Times Should I Take the SAT?

Many of our students want to know how many times they should take the SAT and is it ok to take the SAT multiple times.  Theoretically you can take the SAT’s and ACT’s as many times as you want.  However, we suggest that you keep the number of times you take the SAT and ACT down to about 3 times (or less) each to prevent your own test prep burn out.

Colleges used to be a lot more strict about the number of times an applicant took a standardized test.  Colleges would average student’s SAT or ACT scores after their first three attempts,  effectively lowering the student’s score rather than taking the student’s highest score.

Today, with mass amounts of data collected from our own students, colleges (including the Ivy League schools) simply take the best composite scores of the standardized test scores each student has taken that would help justify their being accepted into the school.

SAT Preparation Group has had a plethora of students over the last 10 years who were accepted by Princeton University, Yale University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Florida State University, and a spectrum of other amazing schools.  Students who took the SAT or ACT more than three times were accepted just as well into these schools as our students that took the SAT or ACT only once.  In fact, one of our college counselors called the Dean of one of these major Universities and he unequivocally told us that they could care less how many times a test could be taken.

Let me say this though, if you start your SAT and ACT preparation early and have sufficient preparation so that you know exactly what you are doing, there is no need to take the SAT and ACT more than three times anyway.  But if you do, it’s no big deal.

Find out where you stand in your studies by taking our FREE SAT Diagnostics Test.  As always, let us know if you have any questions.  We’re happy to help!


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