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Not sending SAT, but sending ACT?

Deferno54Deferno54 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
I scored a 36 on my ACT, but got a low score on my SAT (1500 -- equivalent to a 33) in the spring of Junior year when I took it for the school.

I asked my counselor and was told that the SAT is not reported on my transcript, but I was wondering if colleges(specifically ones that require all scores to be sent in) would still see it even if I didn't report it considering I will still be sending in test scores through CollegeBoard (SAT Subject Tests, maybe APs).

My plan was to just send in my ACT score; I feel that my perfect score would be disregarded if they saw the low SAT...

Replies to: Not sending SAT, but sending ACT?

  • AlmostThere2018AlmostThere2018 Registered User Posts: 1,140 Senior Member
    Congrats on great test scores! It depends on the college. When you apply read the requirements; however, for most you can choose whether to submit the ACT or the SAT -- and do not have to submit both. But there are exceptions. Also, some colleges require you to submit all scores from the test you submit -- so if you took the ACT more than once you'd have to submit all ACT scores, for example. Read the application guidelines carefully.

    But, by and large, college admissions want you to put your best foot forward and will only look at your highest score.

    If you are looking at highly selective colleges, I encourage you to take some SAT Subject Tests as well as they are required or recommended. (Recommended should be interpreted as required for most students.) You can submit the ones that you do best on; you should shoot for 700+

    Congrats again!

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,550 Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    Georgetown and Barnard are the only colleges left that require you to report both all SAT and all ACT scores for the purpose of determining admission (Stanford now requires all scores only after you have accepted admission). If applying anywhere else, you need provide SAT or ACT (and for a few all of either) but not both even if you are submitting subject test scores, and if the scores do not appear on your transcript sent by your high school to colleges, the college will not learn of any scores withheld absent your telling them. College Board and ACT provide absolutely nothing to colleges to indicate you even registered for a test for which you withhold the score.
  • Deferno54Deferno54 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    @drusba That is so relieving to know, hahaha. Thank you!
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