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I encourage all of my students to take the SAT twice in close succession.

There are a few reasons for this:

  1. The CollegeBoard has a policy called Score Choice which allows students to pick and choose which scores they send to colleges.  This means you can pretend an exam didn’t even happen if you are not satisfied with the result.
  2. Many colleges allow students to mix and match their best scores in each section from different exams. This means if you have your best Critical Reading performance on one exam, but your best Math and Writing Skills performances on another, you can use your best scores from each section across exams.
  3. Just like an athlete doesn’t always beat his or her own personal records at each competition, a test-taker faces lots of intangibles on test day that can affect performance.  This means that taking the SAT twice in close succession increases your chances of giving your best possible performance.