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How Colleges Use SAT, ACT Results

Dave_BerryDave_Berry 492 replies2534 threadsCC Admissions Expert Senior Member
"NAVIGATING test-optional policies at colleges and universities can be challenging. But for college applicants who do opt to submit their ACT or SAT scores, there is a second layer of potential confusion: how those scores are then used by institutions.

College scoring policies can be broken down into two categories: score choice and superscoring.

Score choice, which is both a general term and a specific College Board option, is when a student may freely decide which scores to send and not send. Superscoring is when a college accepts a student's highest scores from each section across all taken exams. These two categories can be broken down even further into the following more specific policies." ...

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  • evergreen5evergreen5 1462 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited September 9
    A number of schools across the U.S. require their applicants to submit scores from all the exams they have taken. These include Georgetown University in the District of Columbia and University of California—Berkeley.
    Already wrong. What is it down to now, five? The UCs do not require all scores, including UCB. https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/22355120/#Comment_22355120

    They forgot one more important test score policy to check: the method of score reporting. Many colleges now accept scores self-reported in the Common App, to be followed by an official report only if the student enrolls. (Notably, the Common App only includes room for the student's highest section scores.) Reporting in the app is free. Other colleges still require official reports, which is important because that takes time (usually a week or two) and a fee, $12 per school

    Best takeaway from the article:
    Students should thoroughly research the scoring policies of all their schools of interest.
    Yes indeed they should.
    edited September 9
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