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A Comprehensive List of Schools That Do Not Look at SAT Writing (Incomplete)

GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
Hello, I am a senior and I am applying to various colleges. Recently, I have been trying to find schools that do not look at SAT Writing scores, since my writing score is significantly less than my other two scores. Unfortunately, I have not found any reliable lists of colleges that do not look at SAT writing, so I have created my own and with your help, we can make the college search process a little easier for those who have an SAT Writing score much better or worse than the overall score.

I am compiling a list of colleges that, during my search, have not posted Writing in their statistics on their own website or have stated that they do not look at SAT writing. I will make a list of colleges and provide evidence. If you have found a college that does not look at writing, please post it on this forum and provide a link of how you found this data. Please use the official website of the college., and not a college information aggregate like about.com. I will try as best I can to update the list.

1. University of Chicago:
https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/contact/faqs.shtml (SAT Writing "supplemental")
https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/classprofile.shtml (SAT Writing excluded from report)

2. Cornell University:
Cornell Engineering: Freshman FAQs (While from the website of the engineering school, clearly states that Cornell is NOT looking at the writing section)

3. Georgetown University:
Preparation Process - Office of Undergraduate Admissions (Under test requirements "Georgetown only considers the critical reading and math portions of the SAT, not the writing section.")

4. Grinnell College:
http://www.grinnell.edu/admission/apply (...and for the SAT, we consider your best individual critical reading and math scores.)

5. UMass Lowell:
http://www.uml.edu/admissions/apply/default.aspx (UMass Lowell is reviewing only the math and critical reading sections of the SAT)


Please feel free to add any more colleges via post. I will try to update as often as possible.
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Replies to: A Comprehensive List of Schools That Do Not Look at SAT Writing (Incomplete)

  • barrk123barrk123 Posts: 3,460Registered User Senior Member
  • GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
  • mwaseemwasee Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    Wow this is just this is amazing ( yet at. The same time depressing the writing section is my second best)
    Do you know anything of the ACT exam essay with the reading writing score and how admissions look at them
  • disneydebkdisneydebk Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    Williams College does not list writing SAT scores in its Common Data Set.....
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 37,539Registered User Senior Member
    Most California State Universities admit by a "eligibility index" formula incorporating SAT CR+M (not W) or ACT.

    Cal Poly SLO uses its own "multi-criteria admissions" system but does not specify whether or not its use of SAT includes the W section (ACT can also be used).

    Texas public universities admit a portion of their class on the basis of class rank in a Texas high school (having taken the specified college-prep course pattern) without considering test scores at all.

    Open admission community colleges also trivially fulfill the criteria of not using SAT W for admissions.
  • AZOG11AZOG11 Posts: 146Registered User Junior Member
    When I visited the Cornell, my friends and I had the opportunity to talk, to the assistant dean that gave the information session for arts and sciences. I asked about how they place an emphasis on their required writing seminar classes but dont look at the SAT writing section. She told me that although they will not place as much emphasis on the writing part of the SAT as they do on Critical Reading and Math, they still see it so it does have "some" weight. I assumed that they will see something wrong with a really low score in writing or like a really high writing score but won't give it as much weight as a math or cr score. Now I am confused.
  • GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
    It may be different for every school within Cornell, since after all this is Cornell Engineering,a college that does not used so much intensive writing as the Arts and Sciences.
  • GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
    Aw man... I cannot edit the post? really? Does anyone know how to fix it?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 37,539Registered User Senior Member
    Addendum to #7: Cal Poly SLO's common data set says that the SAT essay component is not used.
  • GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
    A Comprehensive List of Schools That Do Not Look at SAT Writing (Incomplete)
    Hello, I am a senior and I am applying to various colleges. Recently, I have been trying to find schools that do not look at SAT Writing scores, since my writing score is significantly less than my other two scores. Unfortunately, I have not found any reliable lists of colleges that do not look at SAT writing, so I have created my own and with your help, we can make the college search process a little easier for those who have an SAT Writing score much better or worse than the overall score.

    I am compiling a list of colleges that, during my search, have not posted Writing in their statistics on their own website or have stated that they do not look at SAT writing. I will make a list of colleges and provide evidence. If you have found a college that does not look at writing, please post it on this forum and provide a link of how you found this data. Please use the official website of the college., and not a college information aggregate like about.com. I will try as best I can to update the list.

    1. University of Chicago:
    [url]https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.e...act/faqs.shtml[/url] (SAT Writing "supplemental")
    [url]https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.e...sprofile.shtml[/url] (SAT Writing excluded from report)

    2. Cornell University:
    Cornell Engineering: Freshman FAQs (While from the website of the engineering school, clearly states that Cornell is NOT looking at the writing section)

    3. Georgetown University:
    Preparation Process - Office of Undergraduate Admissions (Under test requirements "Georgetown only considers the critical reading and math portions of the SAT, not the writing section.")

    4. Grinnell College:
    Apply - Admission | Grinnell College (...and for the SAT, we consider your best individual critical reading and math scores.)

    5. UMass Lowell:
    Apply (UMass Lowell is reviewing only the math and critical reading sections of the SAT)

    6. Swarthmore*: (SAT Essay not evaluated)
    Standardized Testing Policy :: Admissions & Aid :: Swarthmore College

    7. Cal Poly SLO*:
    (link is needed)
  • CSIHSISCSIHSIS Posts: 3,413Registered User Senior Member
    I really don't accept that they ignore it. They won't stop to think about someone with a 700, 680, and 200?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 37,539Registered User Senior Member
    For most colleges, you can put links to the common data set which includes information on whether the SAT-W score is used for admissions, placement, or neither.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Posts: 37,539Registered User Senior Member
    CSIHSIS wrote:
    I really don't accept that they ignore it. They won't stop to think about someone with a 700, 680, and 200?

    Many moderately selective state universities admit by formula. If the formula does not include SAT-W, then it is irrelevant to the admission decision.

    There are also cases where a portion of the class is admitted by formula not including SAT-W, while those who miss the formula threshold are evaluated in some other way (which may or may not include the SAT-W; see the common data set):

    Texas public universities: top 10% of Texas public high school class is automatically admitted to non-Austin campuses (Austin sets a higher automatic threshold, usually top 8% or 9%).

    Iowa public universities: the Regents' Admission Index does not use SAT-W. See Admission to Iowa's Regent Universities: Regent Admission Index .
  • GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
    1. University of Chicago:
    [url]https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.e...act/faqs.shtml[/url] (SAT Writing "supplemental")
    [url]https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.e...sprofile.shtml[/url] (SAT Writing excluded from report)

    2. Cornell University:
    Cornell Engineering: Freshman FAQs (While from the website of the engineering school, clearly states that Cornell is NOT looking at the writing section)

    3. Georgetown University:
    Preparation Process - Office of Undergraduate Admissions (Under test requirements "Georgetown only considers the critical reading and math portions of the SAT, not the writing section.")

    4. Grinnell College:
    Apply - Admission | Grinnell College (...and for the SAT, we consider your best individual critical reading and math scores.)

    5. UMass Lowell:
    Apply (UMass Lowell is reviewing only the math and critical reading sections of the SAT)

    6. Swarthmore*: (SAT Essay not evaluated)
    Standardized Testing Policy :: Admissions & Aid :: Swarthmore College

    7. Cal Poly SLO*:
    (link is needed)

    8. Iowa Public Universities:
    Admission to Iowa's Regent Universities: Regent Admission Index
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