Guide to Awesome Test Prep: Twice is Nice for Increasing Your Score

To get the highest score that you can possibly get, take the test twice. We know. It's not fun. But here are some good reasons why you should give up one more Saturday morning to the testing gods.
Crystal Nikish's avatar by Crystal Nikish, PrepMe Student Advisor. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in English and a minor in Education Theory and Policy. Her favorite food is chocolate.

Congratulations! You made it all the way through the PrepMe Guide to Awesome Test Prep. There's just one last step on your journey to awesome test prep: take the test already! But actually, to really get the highest test score that you can possibly get, you need to take the test twice: ideally, once in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year. We know. It's not fun. But here are some good reasons why you should give up at least one more Saturday morning to the testing gods:

TO GET OVER FIRST-TIME JITTERS

College Board studies show that more than 50% of students that take the test a second time will raise their scores. You’ll be more familiar with the test structure and timing on the second go-round, plus you’ll hopefully be less stressed, since you know you’ve already completed it once before.

TO GET INTO YOUR REACH SCHOOL

When it comes to highly competitive colleges and universities, every point on the SAT and ACT matters. Even small score increases might make a difference when the admissions office compares you to other high-scoring applicants. Plus, the admissions office will appreciate the persistence and dedication that taking the test twice will show.

TO GET BETTER FINANCIAL AID

A higher test score means greater scholarship opportunities and the possibility of better financial aid offers. Increasing your test scores even on one section could boost you into a new score range and open up tons of new scholarship and grant possibilities.

The good news about taking the SAT or ACT more than once is that you get to choose which scores get sent to a college with your application. So if you bomb the test on your first try, then spend more time studying and ace it on the next try, the admissions office will never know about that first score. However, if you use PrepMe, you won't have to worry about not increasing your score. Our students increase an average of 3 points on the ACT and 220 points on the SAT. And if your score doesn't improve, we'll send you a 100% refund. Guaranteed. But we're confident that if you follow our Guide to Awesome Test Prep, you'll be more than ready to rock the test. Good luck and prep on!

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