Retaking the SAT Proves Worthy for Students According to Schools.com Infographic

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Data from the College Board reveals that students can greatly increase the number of points they score on the SAT by retaking the test. In fact, those who take the test a second time see an average increase of 43 points while those who take it five times increase their scores by an average of 151 points.

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For students who remain dedicated to their SAT success, retaking the test pays off in the end.

Schools.com, a definitive digital resource for education, announced the launch of its most recent feature in its ongoing college admissions series: “Acing the SAT,” an infographic depicting recent SAT statistics and how high school students can get the most out of their SAT exam. According to the infographic, 1.5 million students spend $530 million per year on SAT tutoring and test prep services, which results in an average score increase of 10-20 points in math and 5-10 points in critical reading. Additionally, the infographic illustrates how students who retake the SAT are more likely to increase their score with each subsequent attempt.

“Taking the SAT even once can be a challenge,” said Seth Restaino, Schools.com spokesperson. “But for students who remain dedicated to their SAT success, retaking the test pays off in the end.”

The College Board reported in September that the average SAT score for test-takers across the country dipped six points from the previous year. Despite this overall decrease, several states saw their average SAT scores increase significantly from 2010 to 2011. The higher numbers, however, should be considered in the context of who is taking this exam. In Illinois, for example, SAT scores increased an average of 45 points. However, 66 percent of the state’s students that took the exam are also high achieving “A” students, according to the Schools.com infographic.

The College Board also reports that in 2011, the United States saw SAT participation numbers increase. While the test is more popular than ever, the Schools.com infographic reports that 35 of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in America don’t require students to take the SAT.
“Though the number of schools that have made the SAT optional for admissions has increased, the test is clearly still important, and it’s great to see that so many students still take it seriously,” said Restaino.

Find more college admissions resources such as “Top 10 college application mistakes” and “Reading between the rankings: How to use college rankings in your search” on Schools.com or by following @schoolsedu on Twitter and Facebook.

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Schools.com is a definitive source for education, connecting students and prospective students with the right information, people and schools to help them advance in life. Featuring in-depth sections with faculty interviews, campus tours and national education news, the site aims to be a hub for higher education topics and trends. Schools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor-friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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