I hope this is the right place to post this, but I have a question on the mechanics of superscoring. How does it work in practice?
In the “old days” (meaning when I was in high school), I thought the SAT results we had mailed to us (how old-fashioned!) contained all your scores for each test. If I recall correctly, the Ivies took your top math and your top verbal scores, regardless of how many tests you took. I was always a bit dubious about that, as I was able to see all the scores, and there was no way to have just the highest math score and the highest verbal score.
I assumed that the universities to which I applied also could see all my scores. That’s why I’ve been dubious about superscoring to the extent they get your results from all your tests.
Someone on CC mentioned that clerical staff in admissions offices where superscoring is permitted input only the high scores on whatever master form the Admissions Committees look at or that they receive the high scores electronically. Is that right?
That’s my question: how are the universities NOT able to see the scores you don’t want them to see.
Please note that my question is limited to how superscoring is mechanically done by schools, not about the fundamental fairness of superscoring.