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Question about Social Security Number

DaggothDaggoth Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
edited July 2008 in College Admissions
I have never put my social security number on any standardized test from freshman thru junior year, including APs, SATII, and the SAT and ACT I took in the Spring on 08. I learned that colleges sometimes use social security number to match up scores to applications, so would it be a good idea to be my SSN on the tests now? I know for the AP exam I am not suppose to my SSN, since I did not in the previous years, but does that also apply to the SAT/ACT? Today, I called up ACT and asked them to put my SSN on the test I will take in the fall, was that a good idea, or should I ask them to remove it? And, what about for the SAT I will take in the fall: put my SSN or leave it off?
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Replies to: Question about Social Security Number

  • dchow08dchow08 Registered User Posts: 3,267 Senior Member
    I don't know if you should put the Social security number one year and not the next. Either way, you don't have to because using the SS numbers only makes the process faster. Your scores will still be sent.
  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    You're right about the AP- don't put it on if you never have before.

    The SAT shouldn't matter, because everything should be added to your college board account anyway, and you can go from there.

    ACT shouldn't matter either, since chances are you're only going to send in one score anyway.
  • olgitaolgita Registered User Posts: 505 Member
    I agree with the posters above, but in general, you should give your SSN to as few people/organizations as possible, even if they are reliable ones like the ACT or the collegeboard.
  • toledotoledo Registered User Posts: 4,812 Senior Member
    My son never used his ss# on any tests OR on any college applications. They can use your address or birthday for identifying purposes.
  • JbenJben Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    I have been told that you must give the colleges your SS# if you are applying for or hope to get any type of financial aid. Does that make any sense ?

    On a similar note, I refused to give my SS# for a doctors appointment and was told my insurance may not pay if they didn't have it (they used it for identification). Next day I called insurance company and sure enough they told me if I didn't give it to the doctors office they wouldn't process the claim and therefore I would be responsible for paying the bill and even then I would not be able to get reimbursed after the fact.

    666 here we come.
  • olgitaolgita Registered User Posts: 505 Member
    No, it's all right to give your SSN to colleges, but the ACT and the collegeboard really have no need for it.
  • HuntHunt Registered User Posts: 26,870 Senior Member
    Foo. I've given my SSN to anybody who asked for it for decades, with no ill effects whatsoever. The risks of giving it out are greatly exaggerated.
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