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SAT Superscore confusion

sunsweetsunsweet 20 replies1 threads Junior Member
My rising senior took the SAT twice--Dec 2018 and again June 1 2019. Overall scores are within 20 points, but higher score in ERW in Dec and Math in June. We would love to just send the ERW score from Dec and Math score from June, but is that possible? Some of the colleges she is interested in have very ambiguous language on their websites regarding sending scores, and this is contrary to what CB has on it's website, so we are not sure if we need to send all scores or can we just send the highest from each section even if they were taken on different dates? Any experience with this is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41067 replies7713 threads Super Moderator
    edited July 2019
    Honestly, you are overthinking this. Send them all, and let each school figure out what it needs. Who has time to analyze college by college what each policy is, and then ensure that no mistakes are made in violation of university policy when ordering scores. You're talking a 20 point difference.

    Regardless, you can't split the sittings and send part from December and part from June. If the college wants to extract the highest from each, they will.
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  • sunsweetsunsweet 20 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Yes 20 points the the combined overall score, but the breakdown was like this: Dec 700 ERW/670 Math, June 640 ERW/710 Math. So, just worried that the decrease in the ERW score might hurt her chances. Definitely don't want to violate policies, but we live in an area where the competition for the state schools is fierce, particularly from our county, and every point counts.
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  • Nicki20Nicki20 444 replies5 threads Member
    You can't just send one individual score. It's all or nothing. Some schools superscore some don't.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41067 replies7713 threads Super Moderator
    just worried that the decrease in the ERW score might hurt her chances.
    Colleges all say that they will look at the highest score. Whether it's the highest single-sitting or highest via superscore. You're just going to have to trust them on that, because you can't send a superscore report.
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  • sunsweetsunsweet 20 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for the info. This is totally different than what we were told by friend's who have kids that just went through the application process. We were told that you can select the "superscore" option through CB and just send those scores. One of the kids took the exam 5 times and only sent the superscore and got into, and will be attending, a top 25 college in our area (one that has ambiguous language regarding scores). So, guess we will see when it comes time to send them. Thanks.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41067 replies7713 threads Super Moderator
    We were told that you can select the "superscore" option through CB and just send those scores.
    Sadly, you were told wrong. From the CB:
    Can I choose which sections of my test scores to send colleges?

    No, you can't choose to send your Math score from one test day and your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score from another test day. But some colleges use superscoring, which means they consider your highest section scores across multiple test dates.
    https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores/score-choice
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  • Eeyore123Eeyore123 2074 replies25 threads Senior Member
    They likely just sent the 2 full tests that made the suberscore, not all 5.
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  • drusbadrusba 9683 replies21 threads Senior Member
    edited July 2019
    When ordering scores sent through College Board, you will be allowed to send only full-test scores. CB never allows anyone to send just the superscore (ACT follows the same rule). You should note, however, that some colleges do not require test scores sent by the testing agencies for the purpose of determining admission, but instead allow you to self-report the scores on the application for admission, and some of the those actually want just the superscore. Example: Stanford. It wants the applicant to self-report the highest composite score and then also the highest section scores on the application if you have multiple tests. So check the actual rules for each college carefully.
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  • onemoremom12onemoremom12 82 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I know this is a very old thread, so not sure if this comment will even be seen! Schools say they super score but these are still humans reading apps. Sometimes I think that what they really mean is that when they publicly report their student stats they use super scores which would make them more impressive. ACT has made changes such that in the future you can retake just single sections if you want so you don’t end up retaking the sections you did well in. That will really start inflating the scores even more!
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2450 replies40 threads Senior Member
    I spoke to one adcom who said the data entry folks do the super scoring and the folks who do the evaluations only see the superscored value - they never see how many tests were taken or the lower scores.

    No,idea if this is true elsewhere. I have no real reason to disbelieve what they say, but I’d also send just the two test scores that make up the superscore rather than all test dates, if more, just in case.
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