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Must You Submit All SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test Scores

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Replies to: Must You Submit All SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test Scores

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 21,222 Super Moderator
    edited January 7
    I'm assuming they want all scores so they can ding you if one of your scores is lower than your best score.
    You assume incorrectly. No college is going to "ding" you for a lower score; if anything, they will expect that scores improve over time. As to why some colleges request all scores, I believe that Jeff Brenzel, the former Dean of Admissions at Yale, expressed it best.
    “We believe that our policy maintains a more level playing field for low-income students who cannot afford repeated testing or the expensive test preparation that often accompanies it,” Brenzel wrote. “We also hope that this policy will help to discourage excessive testing and help to simplify testing issues for all of our applicants.”
    http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2009/01/15/yale-to-require-all-sat-scores/
  • LakeCloudsLakeClouds Registered User Posts: 568 Member
    We believe that our policy maintains a more level playing field for low-income students who cannot afford repeated testing or the expensive test preparation that often accompanies it

    This is saying they will ding you for multiple test scores to "level the playing field." He's being vague about the exact mechanism they will use. Obvious choice includes averaging the results, throwing out the highest score, choosing a median value, etc.

    Does anyone know how College Board indicates to school's whether they are sending all scores or just selected scores? Is this indicated on the report CB sends them?
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,049 Senior Member
    edited January 8
    ^As I mentioned at the beginning of this thread, neither CB nor ACT provides a college with anything to even indicate you took a test that is withheld. However, your high school, which gets all your test scores, may put all your scores on your high school transcript so you need to check what your high school does.
  • mohammadmohd18mohammadmohd18 Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    edited January 8
    If the ACT charges money for each test, as well as each college, does CB have the same pricing? Or do they only charge you per SAT test you send? Or they send all your scores to each college, and charge you for each college?
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,049 Senior Member
    edited January 9
    ^ACT requires you to send each test in a separate order to a college and thus you have to pay multiple fees to send multiple tests to one college. College Board will always send all tests it has for you to a college, both SAT and subject tests, in a single order and thus for a single fee per college, but you can prevent one or more tests from being sent by exercising score choice (online when ordering you uncheck the one(s) you don't want sent).
  • AmyForeverAmyForever Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    The All Scores rule is quite controversial there is no centralized mechanism leading to confusion and diverging from to there...I recently given my SAT test its :(
  • e4e6d4d5e4e6d4d5 Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Do you have to send state testing ACT scores for all choice schools? Also does deleting scores work for all score schools?
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,049 Senior Member
    edited March 1
    ^Those that require all ACT scores include both state and national testing . None have stated any rule that prohibits you from deleting a test. However, be aware that deleting a test through ACT, which can be done after getting scores for a national test but not a state mandated test, takes a little time, meaning, for example, you cannot choose a week before the date that scores are due with a college to delete a test because it takes more than a week to do it. Also, deleting through ACT may not succeed in hiding a test score because your high school may still have it on the official high school transcript sent to colleges.
  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 1,997 Senior Member
    Villanova requires all scores to be sent.
    This is their policy

    Candidates are asked to submit their scores from each sitting of the SAT or ACT. The Admission Committee will review the highest critical reading/evidence-based reading and writing and highest math scores from the SAT and/or the highest ACT composite from different subscores and dates for admission, also known as "superscoring."
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,049 Senior Member
    edited March 1
    ^You need to distinguish between "ask" and "require." Villanova's stating that candiates are "asked" to send all scores because it superscores does not mean it requires all scores and it has no penalty for failure to provide all scores.
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