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How many times should a student take the SAT/ACT?

Updated: May 29

As a general rule, a student can take the SAT or ACT tests as many times as possible until the desired score is achieved. A student can then choose which scores to submit to the universities he/she applies to. However, it is highly recommended to prepare well for either of both SAT and ACT, to minimize the number of tests taken. This way, a student would achieve his/her desired scores by 1-2 attempts. Sometimes, universities receive scores from the college board and therefore have access to scores that were not even submitted by the student. Therefore, although you can take these tests as many times as you like, we advise students not to take both tests more than a total of 4 times, so basically taking both tests or either one twice is really ideal.

Keep in mind that the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you. So plan in advance and prepare for the test. Your future is in your hands.

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