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Must You Submit All SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test Scores


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  • centralNJdadcentralNJdad 11 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Thanks for the comments. My daughter has since informed me that she spoke to someone in the U of Maryland admissions office late last week and they told her that it is NOT required to report all scores.
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  • 1NJParent1NJParent 1379 replies35 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    If a college can require all scores sent, presumably it has a way to confirm that an applicant has complied. If that's the case, does the College Board or ACT also inform the college how many times the applicant has taken the test? Most colleges probably wouldn't use that information anyway, but some might.
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  • drusbadrusba 9617 replies20 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 30
    @INJParent, the testing agencies provide nothing to colleges on tests the applicant has withheld and colleges cannot go to those agencies to determine the issue.

    Many high schools put all the student's test scores on the official high school transcript sent to colleges. Thus, if the student withholds a test via the testing agency and attends one of those high schools, the college can determine that the student attempted to withhold a test after it gets the transcript.

    Another possibility is that there are now many states that have state testing dates that do not match the national testing dates because they require all juniors (or first semester seniors) to take one of the tests on that state testing date as part of their annual process to show compliance with no-child-left-behind laws. For students from such states, a college may conclude a test was withheld if the ones received from the testing agency do not include the state-mandated test.

    Other than those two methods, there does not appear to be an easy way for a college to determine whether a test has been withheld absent the student admitting that fact. Though all scores rules have now been around for ten years, there is a lack of any publicly available evidence to indicate how and whether an all scores rule has been enforced by any college that has such a rule, e.g., I have not seen one public report of a student being denied admission or otherwise punished for failure to provide all test scores.
    edited September 30
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