SAT scores went down????
It is one of the most frustrating experiences for your student after a second nerve-racking round of test taking, your student’s SAT scores went down. Surprising to students and parents, SAT scores do not always increase the second time around – even with test prep and investments in resources.
According to the College Board, 45% of student retakes result in a stagnate or dropped score.
We would like to address the possible reasons scores may drop, when to be concerned and next steps to help support students, boost their confidence and begin anew.
Now is the time that rising seniors might be increasingly motivated to put in that extra work in order to optimize their educational choices post-high school and we are here to help.
- When should lower SAT scores be a concern? A loss of more than 100 points on one section is a reason for concern.
- If SAT scores drop what does the decrease typically look like? If a student’s scores drop the average is 15 points in writing, 4 points in reading and math scores tend to stay static or a small decrease of 4 points on average.
What factors might contribute to decreasing SAT scores?
Possibility #1 The higher the initial test score the more likely it is the student’s subsequent score would drop. The first thing to consider is it is possible the student did better than expected the first time and the lower score is a correction – not a popular response to parents who have invested in test prep I am sure but we want to understand all possibilities as documented by the College Board
So what to do next?
Additionally, we are happy at no charge to provide a diagnostic test to consider if your student’s test-taking style leans towards the ACT or SAT. For example, the ACT includes more geometry, Algebra 2 and slightly less complex reading passages when compared to the SAT.
College Placement Consulting offers comprehensive college planning services. In helping to identify each student’s next best step in the college process, our goal at CPC is to eliminate stress, de-mystify the process, and internally motivate each student by using state of the art resources and top-notch specialists. If you are interested in learning more, you can schedule a consultation here or contact us at 410-822-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org