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Why does SAT score report have the previous SAT score but ACT score report does not?

compilercompiler 62 replies30 threads Junior Member
The ACT score report does not display the previous score but SAT score report does. Does the SAT score report always display SAT Summary of Scores that has all previous scores? Thank you for your answer.
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Replies to: Why does SAT score report have the previous SAT score but ACT score report does not?

  • drusbadrusba 9680 replies21 threads Senior Member
    I assume you are referring to score reports that you order sent to colleges. College Board, for the SAT, followed the rule until 2009 that it always sent the scores of all SAT tests you had taken if you order any test sent. In 2009, it adopted "score choice," which allowed test-takers to not send one or more of the tests while sending others, although the default position is to still send all scores, unless you actually exercise score choice and choose to withhold one or more tests.

    ACT, to the contrary, has always sent only one test per order. To send an additional test requires a separate order and thus an additional payment.

    As to the why? No particular reason has been offered. Possibly, economics is the more likely one. CB may believe sending all tests is a benefit to the student because it saves the student money and and thus gives the SAT a better selling position for students to choose taking it over the ACT while the ACT may have just decided it preferred the extra income.
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  • compilercompiler 62 replies30 threads Junior Member
    I am talking about the SAT score report sent to the test taker. I do the research. Actually, the test taker can choose the Score Choice to send only one test score to the college while the test taker always receives the sat score report displaying sat score history for the past two years. ACT is administered by the different agency. They only report the current score.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30394 replies59 threads Senior Member
    That’s just the way those running the programs set them up
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2264 replies36 threads Senior Member
    edited July 2019
    Because that's how they do it.

    Same reason College Board shows SAT and Subject Tests, but not AP scores, even though they're on the same account. That's just how they chose to present it.
    edited July 2019
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