Can You Take the SAT or ACT Test Too Many Times?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 12:16

Students often worry that taking the SAT or ACT test too many times will impact their chances of admission. At nearly 5 hours to administer, it’s a pain in the you-know-what to take the test more than once, but the reality is you can take it 100 times and it won’t even matter. Your focus should be on achieving the highest score possible. 

Parents and students sometimes ask us, “Is it bad if you take the SAT too many times?” The answer is no. You can’t take it too many times. You take it as many times as you need to get the score that you deserve. There are a lot of reasons you can do poorly on a given day. You could have gotten a bad night’s sleep. You could be sitting next to a kid with a cold who’s sneezing or coughing the whole test and it distracts you and throws you off and you don’t maximize your score on that day.

College admissions people are overworked and underpaid. Trust me, they’re not going to waste time sitting around talking about why you got what on a given test date. They’re just going to look at your best scores and that’s the end of it. So take the SAT / ACT as many times as you need to, to get the score that you deserve that will get you into the college of your choice.