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Sending Test Scores to Colleges

Aneem00Aneem00 Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
Do I send my SAT score and SAT Subject scores via Collegeboard to colleges? I have heard people say that Collegeboard is not the best for score sending, but if it isn't, how else do I send my scores?

Replies to: Sending Test Scores to Colleges

  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 26,316 Forum Champion
    If a college requires an official SAT score report, you have to send it via College Board.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,436 Senior Member
    Yes, via CollegeBoard. It can take several weeks, so once you have your scores and know where you are applying, go ahead and send them.
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,546 Senior Member
    Many colleges require that you send official scores from the testing agency, which for SAT is the College Board so it is unlikely you can avoid the issue -- there are a number of colleges that accept self-reported scores or deem scores appearing on your official high school transcript to be official scores the same as ones from the testing agency and thus for those you have an option not to go through College Board.

    I do not know the actual nature of the problems you may have heard, but College Board is usually fairly quick in sending scores, usually within a week or less after you order them. Also, its sending and the college's receipt of scores is now a simultaeous action. CB sends scores by placing them in an internet account the college has with College Board and thus the college officially receives the scores as soon as CB puts them in that account.

    The main problems CB has had in the last couple years, which now seem to be mostly rectified, resulted from the adoption of the new SAT test that was first given in March 2016. With the first few tests many scores were delayed and the optional writing section seemed to take forever to get graded. Those problems now seem to be mostly corrected although issues still arise for some, particularly in relation to the optional writing section.
  • readthetealeavesreadthetealeaves Registered User Posts: 663 Member
    College Board is the way to go for official scores. Officially the CB says if the scores are sent electronically then allow 1 to 2 weeks. If they are mailed you must allow 2 to 4 weeks. This depends on the college policy with the CB not on your preference. Unofficially, some scores are under a day and some take the full time. Good luck
  • Aneem00Aneem00 Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
    @drusba yeah those are the issues I've heard about. My friend got an email from one of the colleges she applied to saying that they never received her SAT score even though she had sent it weeks ago (she said she double checked to make sure it was sent too). Everything was taken care of eventually, but that shared experience really scared me.
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