I would really appreciate it if someone who is experienced in score reporting and college applications could help me understand the pros/cons. My son will take his first SAT Subject test this weekend and I am trying to understand the rules and reporting for all of the tests he will be taking over the next few years. Not sure if it matters but son should be a competitive applicant at a top 20 to top 50 university.
If son sends scores to colleges/universities at the time of taking the test when he is a freshman/sophomore (nice to do since 4 are free) do the schools have a file to actually keep these scores or is this just a waste of time to send them?
Is the below correct?:
Important to take in 11th grade to be considered for National Merit Finalist. Any PSAT attempts taken previously are not reported nor have any impact on National Merit qualification determination (done on a state basis) in 11th grade. As far as I can tell, other than NMF, colleges are not too interested in PSAT scores.
Not a good idea to take the SAT until very prepared as many top colleges/universities require all SAT attempts to be reported. Do colleges force students to retake SAT if taken in sophomore year?
Same as SAT Subject tests, 4 reports can be sent to colleges for free each time SAT is taken, but afterwards $12/college report.
SAT Subject tests
Can pick and choose which SAT subject test to report. Colleges/universities do not require all attempts/tests to be reported. Many top colleges require 2 SAT Subject tests.
Can send 4 reports for free at time of taking the SAT Subject test, otherwise $12/college when sent later.
Similar to SAT Subject tests as students can choose which scores, if any, to report, but any cancellation of score must be done at the time of taking the AP exam. Not necessary to report all attempts and/or all AP's taken, as long as AP was cancelled? One free report can be sent (which includes all APs ever taken) at the time you take an AP. Colleges do not require students to list all attempts taken.
Colleges are more interested in the grade received in the actual AP class than the score on the AP exam.
Son is a few years away from applying to colleges and we are trying to avoid any surprises. Thanks very much!