Class Rank in ED vs. Class Rank in RD

<p>This may seem like a paranoid question.</p>

<p>How would adcoms look at my class rank on the Common App if I stated I was in the top 10 of my class, but my official transcript says top 20 of my class (out of 444)?</p>

<p>Would college adcoms think the drop in class rank during senior year look really bad?
Or will they see that I did have a higher rank and see that in a positive light?</p>

<p>Thank you in advance.</p>

<p>Another possibility could be that they see it as dishonesty. Maybe you could send and email to the regional director of admissions at each school to clarify that you were top ten until this year.</p>

<p>I don't know how rank goes down in the Common App beause my school doesn't do it, but I just thought that could be how it might come across.</p>