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What score(s) to send to colleges?

pabarijarker17pabarijarker17 Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
Hello! I was wondering which of my scores I should send to colleges when the time comes. I'm not really sure if there's any benefit to sending in the ACT and SAT both. Also, sending all of my scores might be a little rough on my wallet.

April ACT: 32C 33M 33S 31W 29R 8/12 on essay

May SAT: 770M, 730R/W, 1500 total 17/24 on essay

June ACT: 34C, 31M, 34S, 35W, 35R

June SAT: 750M, 750 R/W, 1500 total

I know that my June ACT math is low compared to my other scores but I'm not worried bc I got a 5 on BC Calc so I think that will compensate for it. I will also be taking Physics and Math 2 in August and I was wondering how high of a score I need on them to make it worth sending. I appreciate any help!

Replies to: What score(s) to send to colleges?

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,521 Senior Member
    edited July 2018
    Your scores are close to each other. If applying to Georgetown or Barnard, you must send them all. (Georgetown also requires all subject scores). If applying to Yale, Cornell, or Carnegie Mellon, you must submit either both ACTs or both SATs. If applying to Syracuse or Rice, you must submit both SATs if you choose to send SATs, likewise for UCs, but you could submit just one ACT. For any other college, you can send what you want to send.

    From what I can see, for any college other than Georgetown or Barnard, you would be fine just submitting the two SATs, and College board allows you to send both in a single order to a college, and thus cost is minimized. Large numbers of colleges superscore the SAT and thus you would be deemed to have 770M and 750 R/W for a 1520. Many, but far less, superscore the ACT but all that superscore the ACT also superscore the SAT and thus your 1520 SAT still comes out just as good even if the college superscores ACT.

    As to subject tests, if applying to Georgetown you need three. As to any other college that requires, recommends or considers subject tests, you need only two. For such colleges, preferable scores likely vary. Anything 700 or over is probably fine and the higher the better. That does not mean lower than 700 is bad, but scores in the 600s, though they may not hurt, also may not help for the very high ranks.
  • CU123CU123 Registered User Posts: 2,829 Senior Member
    Every college has its own policy on scores and they change from year to year (e.g. Stanford has gone to self reported and score choice this year) so without knowing specific schools your applying to, you might get bad advice.
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