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Do colleges that require SAT/ACT Essay look at any test scores without essay?

appalachymomappalachymom Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
My HS junior has taken both the ACT without writing, and the SAT with essay. Received a 36 on the ACT, but "only" a 1510 with a essay score of 16/24 on the SAT. Has taken each test one time. At this point, not sure if any applications will go to schools that require essay testing, but want to keep good options open.

Is taking the SAT again recommended, in an attempt to improve score IF any Ivies or equivalent elite schools end up on application list? If no more testing is undertaken, will schools that require essay even look at the 36 ACT?


Replies to: Do colleges that require SAT/ACT Essay look at any test scores without essay?

  • jrtgsdrulejrtgsdrule Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Do not bother wasting time retaking either test. Scores are excellent on both exams (even though you THINK the 1510) is low. It is not. Scores of students apply and get into all the IVYs with lower scores. Please don't waste your time studying for and retaking. Time will be better spent on the essays. Send both SAT and ACT scores and the colleges will only see that your student has superior test scores. All is well, good luck!
  • GumbymomGumbymom Registered User Posts: 19,343 Senior Member
    He has great scores but if he applies to schools that require the essay, they will not consider his current ACT score, only the SAT score. I would have him take the ACT with essay again and then decide which scores to send. His SAT is competitive so I would not retake.
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,925 Senior Member
    1510 is about a 33 on the ACT. Any school that required the essay is going to require it regardless of which test. Both scores are good, and the essay score is fine. I would only submit the ACT, unless it's a school requiring the essay, in which case, submit both. Yes, they will see his ACT score and drool. He is done.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    Check with the schools you are going to apply. I remember some of them require essay score from the same sitting.
  • appalachymomappalachymom Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    @jrtgsdrule @Gumbymom @Lindagaf @billcsho Thank you all for your responses. I guess I need to find out from specific schools whether they will see an ACT score without Writing, along with an SAT with Essay, if it is a school that requires a test essay. We're hoping to avoid son taking the ACT again, with the risk of a lower score. Any schools that don't require an essay will of course get just the ACT score.
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 16,695 Senior Member
    For essay score requirement, you can find it in CDS. For whether the same sitting essay score is needed, you need to ask the admission office.
  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk Registered User Posts: 856 Member
    specific admissions offices will be very helpful in answering your question, but they will notice someone who got a 36 taking it again.
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