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How to not use SAT Scores

taffyroostertaffyrooster Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
edited October 2013 in College Admissions
I took the SAT's twice and got (1980) then (1850). None of my scores increased the second time. Then I Took the ACT and got a (35) so obviously I want to submit those scores. How can I submit my SAT 2 scores to colleges without putting my SAT scores? While sending scores, it told me that Colgate required all scores to be sent. How does it know whether (and how many times) I took the SAT?

Other info:
Colleges applying: UC Berkeley, UVM, UDE, U of M, RPI, Colgate, Univ. of Rochester, Syracuse, Rutgers, and Mcgill.
SAT 2s: Physics, Math 2, Math 1, French

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Replies to: How to not use SAT Scores

  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    It is a bit extreme with your scores situation. If a school require all scores, then you send all scores. The question is whether they will find out. But for most schools that require all scores, they refer to one of the two standardized tests (with some exceptions like Stanford). Colgate actually said you can either submit all your SAT1 scores OR the highest composite ACT scores. Colgate does not even require or recommend SAT2 scores but you may send them in with score choice if you want.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    ^ Correction: I meant to say: "The question is NOT whether they will find out."
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,137 Senior Member
    Colleges universally use for admission that test which they consider to have the higher score if you submit both SAT and ACT. Thus, you do not have a real downside to sending all scores.

    If you believe, as many just cannot avoid believing, that colleges are really just kidding when they say they use the better test, then the first thing you have to do is find out what the college's actual rules are. The College Board system is based only on a college's informing it that it requires all SAT scores if you submit SAT. That is as far as it goes and you need to find out the college's actual rules to make a decision. For example, as mentioned above. Colgate's actual rule is that you must submit all SAT's if you submit SAT. Alternatively you can submit an ACT (and you need send only one ACT test even if you took more than one). Subject tests are neither required nor recommended but Colgate may give them some consideration if you send them, and if you do so you don't need to send any SATs. Rutgers allows you to send whatever tests you want and actually has no all scores rule for any test. In other words, check the actual rules for each college to which you are applying.

    As to how a college can learn whether you took the SAT or multiple tests, there are four ways: (a) they ask you on the application for all test scores and you provide them; (b) you order them sent by the testing agency; (c) you just happen to be from a state that requires all juniors to take the SAT (or ACT if it is ACT you are withholding); (d) your high school is like many that put all your scores on your official high school transcript that is sent to colleges.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    At first glance, do any of those schools even REQUIRE both the ACT and SATII test combination? I'm almost positive that every school you've listed DOES NOT REQUIRE SAT II test scores.

    Submit your ACT and you're done. Congrats on the 35, BTW
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    For UMich, although SAT2 is not required but they will evaluate them for the benefit of the applicant if submitted disregarding whether SAT1 or ACT is sent. For Rochester, Math & Biology subject tests are recommended for pre-med.
  • Collegebound1111Collegebound1111 Registered User Posts: 282 Junior Member
    If the school requires all the tests scores, how about the cost? ACT doesn't send all test scores with one order. Can you just submit one score and mentioned other scores somewhere on the application. when you get admission you can send all scores if they require it.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    It depends on the school. For that very reason, most school do not ask for all scores from ACT. Even Stanford would let you self report the other ACT score and just send in once if for a financial reason.
  • NamelesStatisticNamelesStatistic Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    I believe for McGill you only have to submit ACT or SAT scores.
  • taffyroostertaffyrooster Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    thanks everyone for responses! I haven't checked rules, but my plan was to submit ACT scores (since they are better and most required 1 SAT / ACT) and to submit all 4 SAT 2's just as a "reccomended not required" type thing. I'll definitely go check each school's policies! Thank you for your responses!
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