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Sending SAT II scores to schools that don't require them?

stockmom123stockmom123 Registered User Posts: 185 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in College Admissions
Does it make any sense to send SAT II scores to schools that don't require them for admission? Are they ignored or looked at as extra admission information?
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Replies to: Sending SAT II scores to schools that don't require them?

  • QuasiProfoundQuasiProfound Registered User Posts: 7,623 Senior Member
    I don't know whether they're ignored or not, but by my reasoning it can't hurt to send them if they're good. There's some extra information to evaluate you with, and it sets you apart from those who might have the same SAT I scores but didn't take the subject tests.
  • TheQueenTheQueen Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Well, are are they recommended at these schools?
    It depends.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,658 Senior Member
    If they're good, send them; can't hurt, might help.
  • SchokoladeSchokolade Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member
    You can find out how your chosen colleges view SAT subject tests by looking at their Common Data Sets (which you can find through an internet search of that term and the colleges' names) or the College Board college search site. On the CDS, section C, each college will state whether they require or recommend SAT subjects tests.
  • BMittmanBMittman Registered User Posts: 172 Junior Member
    Lower tier schools might not look at them, but I'm pretty sure that any top school that doesn't require them will look at them if you send them in, especially if your scores are good.
  • tb0mb93tb0mb93 Registered User Posts: 1,320 Senior Member
    I'm not sure what to do either.. kinda different. My ACT score was great, so I will be sending that.. NOT my SAT score. A lot of schools say if you send your ACT instead of SAT, you dont need the 2 SAT IIs that they would have asked for. Mine would be 680 Chem and 720 Math II... these are pretty bad, by CC standards and by their percentiles. I'm guessing I shouldnt send them to the schools that I mentioned?
  • figureskaterfigureskater Registered User Posts: 457 Member
    Don't send them unless they're good. If they're above the midrange of the school's SAT Is, it's a pretty good. Can't hurt right?
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 4,045 Senior Member
    You absolutely SHOULD send Subject Test scores to colleges that don't require (or even recommend) them, if the scores are better than (or at least on a par with) the college's mid-range SAT I scores.

    In particular, good Subject Test results in areas not covered by the SAT Reasoning Test (foreign language, science, history) can show off student strengths that the other test does not and can help to make up for deficiencies--if any--in the SAT I scores.

    Note, however, that if the colleges in question don't require or recommend the Subject Tests but your high school routinely puts your scores on your transcript, then you don't have to pay for pricey extra score reports. Just be sure to list your results on the application itself which will help to draw attention to the corroboration that the college folks will find on the transcript.
  • flyinglandbirdflyinglandbird Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
    If the scores are good, send them.
    Some colleges we visited do not require subject test but some said they will use subject test scores for course placement reference.
    Why not send an e-mail to the schools you are interested and ask their comments.
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