A Thought about SATs and getting into a great college

<p>what happens if you bubble in an answer on the SAT but do so with a kind of straight line and go out of the bubble a little at the sides (I asked this yesterday but had no responses)? Will the machine mark this wrong?</p>

A "lazy" person with few ECs and almost no good accomplishments (ex. poorer grades than might be expected) who scores 1600 is very likely to be among those rejected by top schools.</p>

<p>A very dedicated person with a 1400-1500 but a ton of ECs and a lot of hard work and quality effort has a much greater chance at getting in.</p>

<p>Bump Bump Bump!</p>

<p>I'm pretty sure those machines work via covering the entire letter up... as long as you do not go into another bubble... and if it comes back with a bad score, have someone hand mark it.</p>

<p>Thank you very much hazelorb for responding! How do you get someone to hand mark it? Actually- if I want someone to hand mark or hand check just that one question and save he/she the trouble of hand-marking the entire test, is that possible as well?</p>

<p>When collegeboard.com comes back to life, there's an option somewhere, it's also linked in this board, handscore.html or some nonsense... It costs some money... And no, I don't think they can just check one question. If you're going for perfect, I think both curves let you get one wrong still, so the one raw point might not make a difference. I don't know how much money it is.</p>

<p>thanks for the info!</p>

<p>no, it works. I flipped through the "underground guide to the sat" or something like that as a freshman, it had a section on bubbling. The most efficient way is to make a thick strikethrough, which did work.</p>

<p>However, now, as time isn't an issue, I trust the technique less, so I bubbled in the whole bubble.</p>