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Superscoring Question.

collegegrrlcollegegrrl 12 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
I took the SAT in March and scored a 1570, 800 EBRW and 770 Math. Took it again in May--770 EBRW, 800 Math. I know that a 1570 is normally a good score by most colleges' standards (my counselor says basically all except for HYPS consider 1570 a high score, and I wasn't applying to those anyways--have to be delusional lol). However, I am not really a normal case. My grades have suffered as a result of severe mental illness (diagnosed and hospitalized twice, IEP, etc--they'll be able to see that I'm not making this up). Not too horribly--UW GPA of 3.7 at the end of jr year, so I could get into a lot of lower-tier state schools--but they're worse than the standards of my favorite/"reach" schools (UVA, Barnard College, Columbia). My counselor says that since I have very good test scores and EC's (beyond what is normal for someone my age, like "beta club" and NHS--I am in NHS, but I also own my own nonprofit, am a local politician who has passed multiple bills, state director of March for our Lives, nationally recognized/published writer, etc), and I got straight A's 2nd semester of jr year after getting adequate treatment, they'll be able to see that I am capable of high achievement and overcoming hardship.

Apparently I need REALLY GOOD test scores to even stand a chance, though. I already have a 36 ACT, and my SAT superscore is a 1600. Also 5's on all my AP exams (of which I took 6.) My question is, will they see how many sittings of the SAT I've had when I submit my superscore? Will they see the individual scores? And if so, do you think a high score in 2 sittings rather than 1 will hurt my chances? Please keep in mind that I'm not asking this as someone who has the entire application A-1, like, "OOOOoooOOh, do you think I can even get in with a 1600????". I'm not trying to flex or anything, I genuinely do need these very high scores to compensate for another very important part of my application that is lacking. Thanks
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  • collegegrrlcollegegrrl 12 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    *3.78 GPA at the end of jr year
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 5892 replies29 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,921 Senior Member
    Your scores are perfect. Stop stressing about that.

    Have your GC address that you had medical issues/hospitalizations in the LOR (not in detail).

    Be sure that you are choosing schools with good access to mental health resources and supports. The transition to college can be difficult and you want to be sure that you have resources around you to keep healthy.
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 484 replies7 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 491 Member
    HYPS would consider 1570 a high score - 75%-ile or higher for all but, maybe, Caltech. Superscore or not, number of sittings, whatever, any school in the world will consider them very top scores. 1570 or 1600 is a bit irrelevant.
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  • drusbadrusba 9561 replies20 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 9,581 Senior Member
    edited May 25
    As far as what colleges get to see, if they superscore and require scores sent by the testing agencies, then they will get all scores for any of the tests you send -- College Board sends only complete test scores and you cannot have it just send a section score from a test.

    A number of colleges do not require official scores from the testing agencies but instead allow you to self-report such scores in the application. In that situation you can sometimes just provide the highest section scores, e.g., that is actually what Stanford requires you to do.

    As to your scores, there is no college in the nation that is going to reject you because of your test scores (unless the college requires the essay section of the SAT and you did not take it). Your scores are high for every college, including HYPS. Your admission decision will thus ultimately depend mainly on other factors. Moreover, a 3.78 unweighted GPA is also high and good enough to apply to elite colleges particularly considering that many of your courses appear to be APs and likely honors. Just understand that applying to high ranks like HYPS means you likely have no more than a 10% or less chance of being admitted regardless of how high your stats are.
    edited May 25
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  • collegegrrlcollegegrrl 12 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    @drusba thanks for responding! I'm not applying to any HYPS--I figure the odds are not good and I wouldn't do well in the extreme pressure-cooker environment. The most prestigious schools I'm looking at (ED and EA) are Barnard College and UVA. I think my odds are about 50/50 at UVA since I'm in state + my father used to work on their staff. I would honestly be happy to go to any normal four-year school where I get to live in a dorm and take interesting classes, though, because neither of my parents finished a bachelor's degree and I've wanted to go to a "real college" since I was little :)
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 32206 replies336 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,542 Senior Member
    Theyll see your high scores and say, "Good," then move to the next section.

    UVa is still unpredictable. 4.0, top score kids, in state and with legacy can get rejected. Your shot can depend on where in Va you live.

    You list ECs in a resume fashion, showing how outstanding you are. Be careful with that. This isn't hierarchical, where "better" or "best" is a tip. They dont judge you better, eg, based on running a NP versus being a committed member in a solid cause. They want nice kids with perspective.

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  • collegegrrlcollegegrrl 12 replies5 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    @lookingforward I heard a lot of northern VA kids get rejected for almost no good reason. :( I'm from the rural southwest (Floyd, if you're wise to VA), and that was something I was never too pleased about until I found out about geographic affirmative action, lol
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 32206 replies336 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 32,542 Senior Member
    edited June 13
    The "no good reasons" is called Thomas Jefferson High.

    Floyd! Great. Yes, geo diversity at UVa, which cares much to include all parts of the state. Imo, this offers s new perspective on your app. Just be relaxed enough to phrase your accomplishments in the right way. They're good. But watch the go-go aspects. Show you have friends, get along with peers, have a range of experiences. Not just run this, run that.
    edited June 13
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