Back in my day, the most you could get on the SAT was a 1600 (it’s 2400 now), and something like 1300 was considered to be a really good score where I came from. I knew I was going to the University of Maryland and only needed an 1100, so I bought a book that had ten sample exams, took three of them, and deemed myself ready. I got an 1140—mission accomplished. The breakdown:
Verbal: 470 (national average is 500)
I’m glad I didn’t get something like a 1480 because I would always question whether I’m living up to my SAT potential. When you get a verbal score like mine, just being able to finish a book and understand the big words means you’re doing pretty incredible. I have made big success in life!