Frequently Asked Questions About the SAT
Perhaps you've taken the SAT already. If you go back and take it
again, (without having put in an extended effort at test preparation),
then your score may go up or down at most a few points. Don't think
that just taking it again guarantees you a higher score. It's easy to
look at your first score as a lower bound ("Okay, I'm at least a
1060"), but remember that you might have gotten lucky. Maybe the next
time you'll find it more difficult, or you'll be more tired, or you
won't enjoy the reading passage as much. Among juniors and seniors
who retake the test, there is a tendency to improve slightly, but a
sizable fraction of people actually get a lower score.
If you know that something went wrong the first time, and if you know you
can be in a better position to retake the test, then by all means go for
it. But unless you know why you might be better off the next time you
take the test, what's the point? Don't treat the test like a lottery
ticket: "Maybe this time I'll win."