Many prospective college students wonder about their SAT scores and how they’ll affect their chances of being admitted to the college of their choice. Often, students are heard asking the following question, “Do SAT scores really matter?”
In short, yes. SAT scores are an important way for admissions officers, who, keep in mind, have never met you before, to get a rough idea of your general level of education. SAT scores are a great way to compare all students using an equal standard, so if your SAT scores are on the lower end of the spectrum, you should strongly consider retaking the exam.
That being said, SAT scores are not the only thing that admissions officers care about. They realize that some students are simply bad test takers, and they also realize that there’s more to admitting students than simply choosing the ones who did the best on their SATs. Admissions officers therefore also consider such characteristics as leadership skills and well-roundedness; so, to increase your chances of being admitted, rather than just relying on SAT scores, be sure to highlight all of your positive attributes in your essay and admissions interview.
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