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Superscore..? ***??

swordmasterswordmaster Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
Can ne one tell me exactly how superscoring works? Does all schools do this? Can i just get 800 on CR, M, and Writing in three separate sittings and say that i got 2400?


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  • jamesfordjamesford Registered User Posts: 3,447 Senior Member
    I don't think it works that way. Colleges, depending on their policy, take the highest of the overall scores you received. If you got a 2270 one time, then 2300 the next yr, they'd take the 2300.
  • Handyandy58Handyandy58 Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    To answer the OP, yes. However, I suggest you try on all three sections every time you take the test. If you were to, say, only fill in the math questions and leave everything else blank, CollegeBoard would probably accuse you of cheating and void your scores, regardless of whether they were 800 or not.
  • J'adoubeJ'adoube Registered User Posts: 2,133 Senior Member
    When you report your SAT to colleges all of your previous scores are sent along with it. I don't think it will look good to have some zeros in your report.

    I think yes you can have a superscore of 2400. To the college it'll be obvious it was a superscore (they won't hold it against you unless you took the SAT 50 times). When you tell other people, proper etiquette requires you to qualify it as "single-sitting" or "superscore"

    No, ACT will not superscore
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    Can i just get 800 on CR, M, and Writing in three separate sittings and say that i got 2400?

    Quite a few colleges are explicit in saying that they consider your best scores, section by section. As other posters have pointed out, colleges get a score report for each applicant that shows all your high-school age scores by default.

    BUT, who is to say that it's a walk in the park to get an 800 on any section of the test? That's rather rare.




    It's considerably rarer, of course, to get a score of 800 on all three sections during the same sitting for the test.


    Still in dispute here on CC, because of the lack of published figures from College Board, is exactly how many test-takers get an overall score of 2400 on a "superscored" (best scores from each section, regardless of sitting) basis. My own sense of the evidence is that there are no more than 150 percent as many "superscored" scorers at a given level as single-sitting scorers. Some parents here on CC disagree with that estimate of mine. I have asked the College Board (twice) to post exact figures, but so far that hasn't happened.

    A very serious issue you can run into if you try to be cute and "throw" two sections each time you take the test is that you may be tempted to cheat by using the time limit for one section to work on another section. That could result in your whole test that day being invalidated, if the proctors are vigilant enough to notice that. Your scores would almost certainly be flagged for further review by College Board if you left whole sections blank (or filled in randomly) on each of three successive occasions of taking the test.

    For some more perspective on this, consider that, yes, colleges really are in earnest about considering your best scores


    but even peak scores are not a guarantee of getting into your favorite college.


    Students who have gone into retakes knowing that their section scores will be superscored often find out that they increase their scores on ALL sections, thus having a best personal score that is a single-sitting score.

  • bulletandpimabulletandpima Registered User Posts: 9,826 Senior Member
    SAT superscores, it is not dependent on the college, if you go to college board it will show your superscore. Also 800's automatically re-test, in another thread a child's 800 was thrown out when he re-tested (required) and got a 760. You will be flagged if there is a certain pt spread...800 CR and 600 WR...they question how you can have a spread...our state does that for EOG exits also. Our school also put on his transcripts his superscore totals, not showing the previous results. Took 1 in soph, 1 in jr and 1 in sr, for him each time they rose, so it didn't matter, however, his previous dates were not shown.

    As far as ACT check with the school, some do superscore, some don't. S only took ACT once and was happy with results so he didn't take it again.

    Side note, I am not a fan of superscoring, I liked the old system, took the highest from 1st 2, on the third they avg. your score...that was also in the day you could not take before taking the PSAT.

    Finally remember to take the PSAT, if you think you can score 800 on SAT, than you should be ale to qual for NM
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    if you go to college board it will show your superscore.

    I go to the College Board website a lot to check what it shows about my son's scores, and there is never a superscore shown. And College Board national score tables (already linked above) always show single-sitting scores.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    Also 800's automatically re-test,

    There is no such automatic practice as this either. I know of examples.
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,605 Super Moderator
    it is not dependent on the college
    It is absolutely dependent on the college. The University of California system specifically states that it will not superscore, but will take your highest combined score from a single sitting. They are not alone in this.
    I liked the old system . . .on the third they avg. your score
    Even in the "old days", no one averaged. It's an urban legend.
  • J'adoubeJ'adoube Registered User Posts: 2,133 Senior Member
    Where do you get this information bulletandpima?

    Thank you tokenadult. As always, very thorough.
  • DunninLADunninLA Registered User Posts: 4,271 Senior Member
    Hi. In the fall of 1974 I took the SAT and scored 610 verbal and 700 math. At that time I am reasonably sure the 700 math score was either 98th or 99th percentile, as noted on the score sheet itself I received in the mail. I think the verbal score of 600 was about 90th percentile.

    I clicked on the link posted above, and the download shows that 700 Math is currently 94th percentile for "College Bound Seniors".

    - Was I remembering wrongly that 700 in 1974 equated to 99th percentile? Perhaps that % rank was for all test takers and not just "College Bound Seniors"?
    - Where can I look up the 700 score and its corresponding percentile for 1974 to confirm my memory?
    - If I remembered correctly, can I assume that the percentile associated with a score changed a lot in 32 years?
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,605 Super Moderator
    Several years ago, the SAT scores were "recentered", so yes, the percentiles did change significantly in 32 years.
  • DunninLADunninLA Registered User Posts: 4,271 Senior Member
    Chedva, so am I correct to take my 99th % score, and convert the 700 to 780 so that the score and % correspond again? This is for no practical purpose other than to understand the meaning of my 700 (or current day 780) in proper context as I relate how that score in 1974 looked to colleges.

    If this is so, then referencing percentile is the only way to speak about SAT performance between my time and the current -- or converting the 1974 percentils to 2007 scores.

    P.S. That score (along with everything else in the packet) got me rejected Harvard, w-l at Yale, and into Stanford.

    I would not want to make the assumption that a 610 verbal and 700 math by applicants today would be viewed in the same light.
  • laurstar07laurstar07 Registered User Posts: 1,053 Senior Member
    shouldnt you worry about doing well on the SATs once instead of taking it a billion times to get a perfect score? i personally think superscoring is bs and doesnt represent the true score you receive
  • cellardwellercellardweller Registered User Posts: 1,567 Senior Member

    You definitely cannot directly extrapolate your 1974 score score to a 2007 score. The applicant pool is vastly larger and better prepared than it was a generation ago. A lot of people who were admitted to top colleges 30 years ago would not stand a chance today in a much more competitive environment.
  • DunninLADunninLA Registered User Posts: 4,271 Senior Member

    I realize a 1310 combined would be a big problem today, as that would represent 91st percentile, approx.. Yet I'm trying to normalize, now that I've learned my score does not correlate to a modern score. I did no formal study, and took the test once. I can't recall people making a big deal about it, but then again maybe I've just dropped those memories.

    Nonetheless, it looks like 1310 combined equates to today's approx. 1400 combined. Is it possible to think of it that way? Is there anything published that helps a guy understand which modern score equates to a 33 year old score?
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