Does Penn Superscore?

<p>Some people say yes but according to this collegeboard chart they don't?
<a href="http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sat-score-use-practices-list.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sat-score-use-practices-list.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>I personally would trust the Collegeboard more than any person.</p>

<p>Thanks rastogr (:
Anyone else have any info/opinion on this?</p>

<p>Bump (:
Please help me clear this up</p>

<p>Penn does superscore, but it still requires that you submit all of your scores:</p>

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Penn's Testing Policy:
All Scores Required for Review
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<p>Penn's response to The College Board's Score-Use testing policy for students is to request the student's entire testing history.</p>

<p>Penn's admissions office requires data and information to make informed decisions. Although Penn will always utilize the highest scores from any test or subsection in the review of a candidate's application, having the complete testing profile provides deeper insight. Improvement in scores over a period of time, consistency in scoring or the knowledge that a student took the test once (as a relatively high scorer or even a lower score) provides information helpful in the review process.</p>

<p>We do expect that many students will have a higher composite during one sitting, with an individual score on one of the three sections higher from another administration. Again, Penn will take the highest of any individual scores from any administration.</p>

<p>Furthermore, if the new Score-Use policy creates behavior that may be unproductive, like taking the test at an earlier stage and taking the test more than 3 times, the Admissions Committee can benefit from that information. And if students know that some schools will ask for all the tests, this behavior may be discouraged.

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<p>Penn</a> Admissions: Required Tests</p>

<p>Yes, they do! My score went from a 2130 to a 2230 to a 2330, and I wouldn't have gotten into LSM (a dual-degree program that only accepts 25 kids globally) with a 2130. They definitely used the 2330 when looking at my application, not my lower scores.</p>

<p>As you may note, I DID send all my scores. You should. If you don't, and they find out, your offer of admission could be rescinded, and, after matriculating, you could be expelled from the University. This happens a lot, especially with kids who fake accomplishments/achievements; however, scores are the same (in theory).</p>

<p>Again, Penn DOES superscore, but still requires that you submit ALL of your scores (see web page quoted and linked in post #5, above).</p>

<p>Sorry, I probably should have made the question clearer.
I did see on the site that they say they count the highest score, but would lower scores count against you?</p>

<p>I'd take them at their word that they superscore in making their decisions. But they do want to see your complete testing history, for the reasons they state on that web page.</p>

<p>Keep in mind, though, that Penn is not hyperfocussed on SAT scores--just take a look through the Class of 2016 ED results thread to see that. I've attended Penn Admissions info sessions during which Admissions Dean Eric Furda has emphasized that if your scores are within the middle 50% range of recent classes (see the "Incoming Class Profile" on the Admissions web site, or the SAT page of Penn's College Board listing), you shouldn't worry any further about your scores. Again, as corroborated by the results threads here on CC, Penn does not make admissions decisions based on who has the highest SAT scores.</p>

<p>I doubt lower scores would count against you as my lowest score is 200 points lower than my highest....if they had counted my lowest score (2130), I wouldn't have gotten in!</p>

<p>^ Once again ;), what got you into Penn was not the extra 200 points you added to your lowest score (which already was right around Penn's median, by the way), but rather the rest of your application. They really don't care that one applicant has a 2130 and another has a 2330. Once you're within the middle-50% range, they forget about your SAT scores and focus on the rest of your application (grades and course difficulty, essays, recs, ECs, etc.).</p>

<p>Remember, they're trying to put together a class that will contribute to the overall intellectual, extracurricular, and social life of the university. And they're looking for people who will make a mark in their adult lives and bring honor and glory (and perhaps a few alumni donations :)) to Penn. SAT scores, alone, tell them very little about your potential for all of that. Who you are as a person (as discerned from your essays, recs, ECs, etc.) tells them a lot more.</p>

<p>So if I've taken the SAT 4 times, this will hurt me?</p>

<p>@45Percenter: I agree that I have other qualifications that got me into Penn, and that everything is a whole package (you can't just rely on one outstanding item alone), but to be quite frank, don't you think that the added 200 points is a benefit to my admissions chances? I would think naturally, it does. I mean, I was in the middle 50% with a 2130, but higher (especially a 200 point increase) tends to be better, no?</p>

<p>^ My understanding is that's just not the way it works. As I've said, I've heard Dean Furda express on more than one occasion that the SAT is merely a threshold factor that they use to ensure that an applicant is capable of doing the work at Penn. Once an applicant is in the acceptable range, they really don't spend any time beyond that comparing to see who has the higher scores. They're too busy focussing on the other aspects of the application. And as I've also said, a quick survey of any of the Penn admissions results threads on CC (such as the recent ED thread for the Class of 2016) corroborates that. Relative SAT scores are clearly not determinative of who gets accepted and who doesn't.</p>

<p>It seems to be difficult for high school students to accept that (at least the ones here on CC), but it's really the way it is. :)</p>

<p>@45Percenter: Yeah, it definitely is for me. The thought of having saved $100+ and the man-hours spent on the silly Blue Book from CollegeBoard....<em>sigh</em>. All that matters is being able to say, "I'm going to Penn!". :)</p>

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<p>Yep. And big congrats on that! :)</p>

<p>And now you can completely forget about standardized testing.</p>

<p>That is, unless and until you take the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, or GMAT in a few years. :(</p>

<p>^^ Thanks! And let's not get ahead of ourselves....AP Testing is still May of 2012. :)</p>