omitted entire math section...

<p>on the Oct SAT i got tired and didn't touch my math section 8. I don't think it was an experimental.<br>
Of course, I know that this will drastically lower my math score.
I do have satisfactory scores left over from a previous test though; will colleges hold this against me, or will they truly only take the higher score into account?
i'm also concerned about national merit finalist status...
I'm talking score of ~700 and a second one of ~500 or even less.....</p>

<p>are you serious???</p>

<p>That was a bad idea. Maybe they'll think... you got lucky with the ~700?</p>

<p>i have no idea. perhaps they assume that the lower score was indeed due to some complication? they DO say they take your highest score, in any would be misleading if they took the lower into consideration.
my old SAT: 780v 670m
new sat: ~800v ~500m ~800w
if anybody has experience with this please leave word.....</p>

<p>That is jsut so bizarre...Onotolome, its not like you did that "great" in Math to begin with!!</p>

<p>I believe that the best thing that you could do now would be to take the SAT for a third time. Study hard for the math section and (of course) don't skip the last section again. Doing these things will prove that your math score on the first SAT was not a lucky fluke, but a true representation of your abilities. Good luck. :)</p>

<p>How could you possibly do that? I mean a lot of people were tired, but I would conjecture that you are the ONLY one to actually skip an entire section. Dumbest...move...ever...</p>

<p>affirming the obvious, "gurl next door," will do little to help in any situation. i didn't claim my initial math scores were great, merely satisfactory. putting other people down, especially when she has nothing helpful to say, bespeaks ill of the author. </p>

<p>thanks Lissa. i'd have to take the november SAT then, as a standby :/ i just wish i knew for sure whether they have policies which guard against that....can't imagine that anyone would achieve a higher score through luck alone. argh. i'm going to the parents thread with this.....</p>

<p>Where are you applying? If it's to an LAC like Bowdoin or Bates it won't care about the SAT as much.</p>

<p>harvard, tkm. this is going to be the only glitch in my application; i just don't know exactly how much is at stake. will they adhere to that "highest score" policy or do they actually take everything into account?</p>

<p>Hm. For Harvard, it might present a problem :) Now, you say you got a 700 the first time? So if you get a really low score the second time, either don't report it and hope they don't look at the College Board printout too closely or...lie. In the "Additional Information" section explain that you skipped a number and didn't realize it until the end of section 8 and it was too late to go back and correct everything. Or that you took ill. I'm not sure if that would help or harm you, though, because it might look like you're making excuses (but you kind of would be...and they might ask why you didn't cancel the scores if something'd have to cover that. I'm just throwing ideas out here.)</p>

<p>Yes, my soul belongs to the devil. I sold it after I submitted my Yale application without properly proofing the Print Preview and a whole word is cut off in the first paragraph. I look like an idiot. See, there are much dumber things a person can do to screw up their application.</p>

<p>The SAT report has everything. you can't just not report a particular set of scores. I say cancel it if you're really wanting Harvard.</p>

<p>I always figured the sending of scores was just a formality. You know, you write down your top scores on the actual application and they just consult the College Board thing to make sure you weren't lying. Is it too late to cancel? I've never had to do it before.</p>

<p>problem is i kinda need that writing score..... is cancelling still possible this late, anyway? If i'm going to be a complainer, I'd be best off saying that i skipped a number in the last section. I wish they would assume that by default :) :) :) arghhuh. agonizing.</p>

<p>Are you doing SCEA? It might be better to hold off and apply regular, because you can retake the test in November and/or December. The only advantage to EA is a slightly higher admittance rate, but if the 500 is going to kill your chances anyway that doesn't matter.</p>

<p>already sent in my early app.</p>

<p>Ohhhh. Well, I suppose there's not much you can do then. You have to send the scores in as they are. If you want to explain the scores, you'll have to do so through mail or on the supplement, if you haven't sent that already.</p>

<p>Sorry for being so harsh.</p>

<p>You can no longer cancel your scores, even if you didn't need the writing score. I think Harvard really will look at your top scores only. But maybe you should try to contact the adcoms to explain that messed up the bubblingon the last section or were sick or something.</p>

<p>Good luck.</p>

<p>National merit is no worry, they don't care nearly so much about essay or recs or scores as much as transcript, so I've heard.</p>

<p>Am I correct in understanding that you're applying to Harvard with a 670 and a 500 in math? Um...why?</p>

<p>And as for lying, I suppose you could try it but with how many apps they get (and most of them crazy overachievers) they're just looking for excuses to weed people out.</p>

<p>I'd be concerned but hey, that's just my opinion. Feel free to return after you get your Harvard acceptance and rub my face in it. ^__^</p>

<p>Just as rich people aren't crazy, smart people aren't stupid.</p>

<p>They're eccentric.</p>