Alright, here is my situation. I am a high school senior who took the SAT yesterday (October of 2012) and I plan to apply Early Decision to a prestigious liberal arts college. Before this SAT, my math score was very strong, and my writing score was okay, but my critical reading score was horrible.
I believe that my critical reading score will go up by about 150 points on my most recent test. The score reports for the October SAT come out on October 25th, and my Early Decision deadline is November 15th.
Here is the catch: I wrote my SAT essay in pen. (I know I'm stupid.) For those of you who don't know, if you write your essay in pen, it receives a score of 0 because the scanner cannot scan pen. Therefore, I am going to request that my essay be hand scored. (I have already researched it; for a fee of $55 you can have your essay hand graded even if it was written in pen.) I will have to fill out a Score Verification Sheet in order to have my essay hand graded. Here is the link for a Verification Sheet: http://sat.collegeboard.org/SAT/publ...ation-form.pdf
I have also read that score verifications take up to 5 weeks to be reported.
Here's the problem: It is crucial that I get my critical reading score back before November 15h. I do not want to self-report a low critical reading score. October 25th + 5 weeks goes past November 15th.
What should I do? If I request that my essay be hand graded (and nothing else) will my score report be delayed 5 weeks? I am satisfied with my writing score from a previous test, but I think I nailed this writing section (probably beat my old score by 50 pts if the essay is not given a 0).
Thanks for the help!