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SAT Combined vs. Single Sitting

sully264sully264 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
Does anyone have any data from schools on whether they combine SAT secton scores from diffrent test dates or simple look at the highest composite score from a single sitting? I've been trying to find out stuff on this with limited sucess...

http://undergrad.osu.edu/admissions/frscholarships.asp
"Ohio State does not combine or average ACT or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores from multiple test dates. We will always consider the highest composite or combined score from a single test date."

http://students.berkeley.edu/files/Admissions/Freshman04.pdf
"Test Score Total equals: [SAT I composite score] + [2 x (SAT II
Writing score + SAT II Mathematics score + third required SAT II
score)]. SAT I composite is highest combined mathematics and verbal
scores from a single sitting. Highest individual SAT II scores, from
any sitting, will be considered." (This was not for general admission though, it was something to do with just california residents)

I can't tell if this is the norm or the exception. I've heard that colleges take the best sections from diffrent test dates, but is that really true?
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Replies to: SAT Combined vs. Single Sitting

  • ArtiArti Posts: 617Registered User Member
    most of the top schools do best combined
  • sully264sully264 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
    Why i ask:

    I'm not sure which looks better:
    Option 1:
    2290 on May test (8000M, 800V, 690W[11E])
    Option 2:
    2290 on May test (8000M, 800V, 690W [11E])
    and 2250 (780 M, 720V, 750W) at a diffrent time [projected scores: i think my 800V was a fluke]
    Option 2 totals to a 2350 if you combine, but makes the first scores look like a fluke if you don't.

    ??
  • Senator NoodlesSenator Noodles Posts: 589Registered User Member
    You just send your scores and they'll do the combining for you if they combine. If they don't, then they don't. Either way, you don't need to worry about it.

    Nice job on the 8000 math, by the way. I could only get an 800. Guess I fail. :p
  • bernardolwbernardolw Posts: 457Registered User Member
    does penn combines them?
  • ArtiArti Posts: 617Registered User Member
    Noodles is right. The thing is, what are you going to do about it? They will see all of your scores no matter what. So let them do what they want with it.

    I suggest not worrying and let them do their thing
  • sully264sully264 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
    The "what am i going to do about it" is whether i take the SAT again or not
  • Senator NoodlesSenator Noodles Posts: 589Registered User Member
    I wouldn't. A 2290 is fine and Ivies combine so a 2350 is what they'll see and that's even more amazing.
  • manahttan_nickmanahttan_nick Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    I have gotten 550 in math and 450 in verbal in SAT Reasoning Test. And 470 in Physics, 510 in Writing, 550 in Math Level 1 test of SAT II Subject tests. I have a lot of community involvement, very high GPA and a lot of extra-curricular activities. I want to transfer to Harvard from CUNY Hunter College in fall 2007 as international student from a US school. Should I take the SAT's again? What subjects tests should I take. Are my chances for admission affected by lower SAT scores? can you give me some tips to score high on SAT's. Thanks.
  • flamepunchflamepunch Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    can you please tell me what schools use the highest combined method???
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