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Superscoring and Score Choice Policies

 

Superscoring

Many in college admission talk about reading applications holistically and supportively; one way they can do this is by “superscoring” standardized tests. This means that if you take the SAT more than once, the admission office will take the highest section score across test administrations and assign you a new, higher total score. For instance, if you scored a 650 EBRW and 670 Math (Total 1320) in March and a 700 EBRW and 650 Math (Total 1350) in May, your superscore would be 700 + 670 = 1370. For the ACT, this process generally takes the form of taking your highest test scores across test administrations, but may not result in a new Composite score because colleges use test scores individually.

Score Choice

The College Board and ACT have adopted policies, generally referred to as “Score Choice,” designed to give students some control over how SAT, Subject Test, and ACT scores are reported. Colleges, however, have the final say over what scores applicants should submit and how those scores will be used. Students should carefully review the score-reporting policy of each college to which they plan to apply.

  • Require all scores: These colleges explicitly require applicants to submit all test scores.
  • Recommend all scores: These colleges recommend but do not require that applicants send all test scores. These schools’ admission offices will create superscores for applicants, and counselors do not want students to inadvertently neglect to send a high section score.
  • Accept score choice: These colleges will accept whichever scores an applicant elects to submit.

In the table below, you will find the superscore and score choice policies of many popular colleges. We are working to build out this database to include the 360 popular colleges whose ACT Writing and SAT Essay policies, SAT Subject Test policies, and estimated new SAT score ranges we also track.

SchoolSuperscore SATSuperscore ACTScore Choice
Abilene Christian UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Adelphi UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Agnes Scott CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Albion CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Allegheny CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
American UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Amherst CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Appalachian State UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Arizona State University—​TempeNoNoScore choice OK
Auburn UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Augustana CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Austin CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Babson CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Baldwin Wallace UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Bard CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Barnard CollegeYesNoRequires all SAT or ACT
Bates CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Baylor UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Beloit CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Bennington CollegeYesYes*Score choice OK
Bentley UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Berea CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Berry CollegeYesNoRecommends all
Binghamton University—​SUNYYesNoScore choice OK
Biola UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Birmingham-​Southern College YesYesScore choice OK
Boston CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Boston UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Bowdoin CollegeYes*YesScore choice OK
Bradley UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Brandeis UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Brigham Young University—​ProvoNoNoScore choice OK
Brown UniversityYesYes*Score choice OK
Bryn Mawr CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Bucknell UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Butler UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
California Institute of TechnologyYesNo*Score choice OK
California Lutheran UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
California Polytechnic State University—​San Luis ObispoYesYesScore choice OK
California State Polytechnic University--PomonaYesYesScore choice OK
California State University--FresnoYesYesScore choice OK
California State University--FullertonYesYesScore choice OK
California State University--Long BeachYesYesScore choice OK
California State University--Los AngelesYesYesScore Choice OK
California State University--Monterey BayYesYesScore choice OK
California State University--NorthridgeYesNoScore choice OK
Carleton CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYesNoRequires all SAT or ACT
Carroll CollegeNoNoRecommends all
Case Western Reserve UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Centre CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Chapman UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Christopher Newport UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Claremont McKenna CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Clark UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Clarkson UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Clemson UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Coe CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Colby CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Colgate UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
College of CharlestonYesNoRecommends all
College of New JerseyYesNoScore choice OK
College of St. BenedictYesYesRecommends all
College of the Holy CrossYesNoScore choice OK
College of William and MaryYesNoScore choice OK
College of WoosterYesYesScore choice OK
Colorado CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Colorado School of MinesNoNoScore choice OK
Colorado State UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Columbia UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Concordia College—​MoorheadYesYesScore choice OK
Connecticut CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Cooper UnionYesYesRecommends all
Cornell CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Cornell UniversityYes*NoRequires all ACT; SAT Score Choice OK
Creighton UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
CUNY—​Baruch CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Dartmouth CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Davidson CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Denison UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
DePaul UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
DePauw UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Dickinson CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Drake UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Drew UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Drexel UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Drury UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Duke UniversityYes*Yes*Score choice OK
Duquesne UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Earlham CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Elmhurst CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Elon UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Embry-​Riddle Aeronautical UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Emerson CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Emory UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Fairfield UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Florida Institute of TechnologyYesYesRecommends all
Florida State UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Fordham UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Franklin and Marshall CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Furman UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Gallaudet UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
George Mason UniversityYesNoRecommends all
George Washington UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Georgetown UniversityYesNoRequires all scores
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYesYesRecommends all
Gettysburg CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Gonzaga UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Goshen CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Goucher CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Grinnell CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Hamilton CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Hampden-​Sydney CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Hampton UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Hanover CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Harvard University YesNoScore choice OK
Harvey Mudd CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Haverford CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Hendrix CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
High Point UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Hillsdale CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Hobart and William Smith CollegesYesYesScore choice OK
Hofstra UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Hollins UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Hope CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Howard UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Humboldt State University YesYesScore choice OK
Illinois Institute of TechnologyYesYesRecommends all
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Indiana University—​BloomingtonYesYesScore choice OK
Iowa State UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Ithaca CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
James Madison UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
John Brown UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Johns Hopkins UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Kalamazoo CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Kenyon CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Knox CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Lafayette CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Lake Forest CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Lawrence UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Lehigh UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Lewis & Clark CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Lipscomb UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Louisiana State University—​Baton RougeNoNoScore choice OK
Loyola Marymount UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Loyola University ChicagoNoNoScore choice OK
Loyola University MarylandYesYesScore choice OK
Loyola University New OrleansYesYesScore choice OK
Luther CollegeYesNoRecommends all
Macalester CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Marist CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Marquette UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyYesYesScore choice OK
Mercer UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Miami University—​OxfordYesYesRecommends all
Michigan State UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Michigan Technological UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Middlebury CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Mills CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Millsaps CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Milwaukee School of EngineeringNoNoRecommends all
Mississippi State UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyNoNoScore choice OK
Morehouse CollegeYesContact collegeScore choice OK
Mount Holyoke CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Muhlenberg CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
New College of FloridaYesYesRecommends all
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYesNoScore choice OK
New SchoolNoNoScore choice OK
New York UniversityYesYes*Score choice OK
North Carolina State University—​RaleighYesYesRecommends all
Northeastern UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Northwestern UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Oberlin CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Occidental CollegeYesYes*Score choice OK
Ohio State University—​ColumbusNoNoScore choice OK
Ohio UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Oklahoma State UniversityNoNoRecommends all
Oregon State UniversityNoNoRecommends all
Pacific Lutheran UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Pennsylvania State University—​University ParkNoNoRecommends all
Pepperdine UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Pitzer CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Pomona CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Pratt InstituteYesNoScore choice OK
Presbyterian College (SC)YesYesScore choice OK
Princeton University YesNoRecommends all
Providence CollegeYesNoRecommends all
Purdue University—​West LafayetteYesYes*Score choice OK
Queens University of CharlotteYesYesScore choice OK
Quinnipiac UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Randolph-​Macon CollegeYesYesRecommends all
Reed CollegeYesNoRecommends all
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYesNoScore choice OK
Rhode Island School of DesignYesYesScore choice OK
Rhodes CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Rice UniversityYesNoRequires all SAT or ACT
Ripon CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesScore choice OK
Rollins CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​New BrunswickYesNoScore choice OK
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​NewarkYesNoScore choice OK
Saint Louis UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Samford UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
San Diego State UniversityYesYesRecommends all
San Francisco State UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
San Jose State UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Santa Clara UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Scripps CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Seattle UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Seton Hall UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Sewanee—​University of the SouthYesYesScore choice OK
Siena CollegeYesNoRecommends all
Simmons CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Skidmore CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Smith CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Soka University of AmericaYesYesRequires all SAT or ACT
Southern Methodist UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Southwestern UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Spelman CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
St. John Fisher CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
St. John's College AnnapolisYesYesRecommends all
St. John's University (NY)YesYesScore choice OK
St. Lawrence UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
St. Mary's College (IN)YesYesScore choice OK
St. Mary's College of CaliforniaYesYesRecommends all
St. Mary's College of MarylandYesNoRecommends all
St. Michael's CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
St. Olaf CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Stanford UniversityYesNo**Score choice OK
Stetson UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Stevens Institute of TechnologyYesYesScore choice OK
Stonehill CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Stony Brook University—​SUNYYesNoRecommends all
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryYesYesScore choice OK
SUNY—​GeneseoYesYesScore choice OK
Susquehanna UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Swarthmore CollegeYesYes*Score choice OK
Syracuse UniversityYesYesRequires all scores
Taylor UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Temple UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Texas A&M University—​College StationNoNoRequires all scores
Texas Christian UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Texas Lutheran UniversityYesYesRecommends all
The Catholic University of AmericaYesNoScore choice OK
The CitadelYesNoRequires all SAT or ACT
Thomas Aquinas CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Transylvania UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Trinity College (Hartford)YesYesScore choice OK
Trinity UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Truman State UniversityNoNoScore choice OK
Tufts UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Tulane UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Union College (Schenectady, NY)YesYesScore choice OK
United States Air Force AcademyYesYesScore choice OK
United States Coast Guard AcademyYesYesScore choice OK
United States Military AcademyYesYesScore choice OK
United States Naval AcademyYesYesScore choice OK
University at Albany—​SUNYYesNoScore choice OK
University at Buffalo—​SUNYYesNoScore choice OK
University of AlabamaNoNoScore choice OK
University of ArizonaNoNoScore choice OK
University of Arkansas—​FayettevilleYesYesScore choice OK
University of California—​BerkeleyNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—​DavisNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—​IrvineNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—​Los AngelesNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—MercedNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—RiversideNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—​San DiegoNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—​Santa BarbaraNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of California—​Santa CruzNoNoRequires all SAT or ACT
University of ChicagoYesYesRecommends all
University of CincinnatiNoNoRecommends all
University of Colorado—​BoulderYesYesRecommends all
University of ConnecticutYesYesScore choice OK
University of DallasYesNoRecommends all
University of DaytonYesYesScore choice OK
University of DelawareYesYesRecommends all
University of DenverYesYesScore choice OK
University of FloridaYesNoScore choice OK
University of GeorgiaYesYesScore choice OK
University of Hawaii at ManoaYesYesScore choice OK
University of Illinois—​ChicagoNoNoScore choice OK
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​ChampaignYes*Yes*Score choice OK
University of IowaNoNoScore choice OK
University of KansasNoNoScore choice OK
University of KentuckyYesYesRecommends all
University of La VerneYesYesScore choice OK
University of Mary WashingtonYesYesScore choice OK
University of Maryland—​College ParkYesYesScore choice OK
University of Massachusetts—​AmherstYesYesScore choice OK
University of MiamiYesYesRequires all SAT or ACT
University of Michigan—​Ann ArborYes*Yes*Score choice OK
University of Minnesota—​Twin CitiesNoNoRecommends all
University of MississippiNoNoScore choice OK
University of MissouriNoNoScore choice OK
University of Nebraska—​LincolnNoNoScore choice OK
University of New HampshireYesNoRecommends all
University of North Carolina—​Chapel HillYesYesScore choice OK
University of North Carolina—​WilmingtonYesYesRecommends all
University of Notre DameYesYesScore choice OK
University of OklahomaNoNoScore choice OK
University of OregonYesNoScore choice OK
University of PennsylvaniaYesYesScore Choice OK
University of PittsburghYesNoRecommends all
University of PortlandYesYesScore choice OK
University of Puget SoundYesYesScore choice OK
University of RedlandsYesYesRecommends all
University of RichmondYesYesScore choice OK
University of RochesterYesYesScore choice OK
University of San DiegoYesNoRecommends all
University of San FranciscoYesYesRecommends all
University of South CarolinaYesNoRequires all scores
University of South FloridaYesYesRecommends all
University of Southern CaliforniaYesNoScore choice OK
University of St. Thomas (MN)YesYesRecommends all
University of TennesseeYesYesRecommends all
University of Texas—​AustinNoNoScore choice OK
University of Texas—​DallasNoNoScore choice OK
University of the PacificYesYesRecommends all
University of TulsaYesYesScore choice OK
University of UtahNoNoScore choice OK
University of VermontYesYesRecommends all
University of VirginiaYes*Yes*Score choice OK
University of WashingtonYesYesRequires all scores
University of Wisconsin—​MadisonNoNoRecommends all
Ursinus CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Valparaiso UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Vanderbilt UniversityYesNoRecommends all
Vassar CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Villanova UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityYesNoScore choice OK
Virginia Military InstituteYesYesRecommends all
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Wabash CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Wake Forest UniversityYesYes*Score choice OK
Washington and Jefferson CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Washington and Lee UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Washington CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Washington State UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Washington University in St. LouisYesYesScore choice OK
Wellesley CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Wesleyan UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Westmont CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Wheaton College (IL)YesYesScore choice OK
Whitman CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Whittier CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Willamette UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Williams CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Wofford CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteNoNoScore choice OK
Xavier UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Yale UniversityYesYesRequires all SAT or ACT
Yeshiva UniversityYes**Yes**Score choice OK

 

* Weak Superscoring—This school falls somewhere between “highest composite” and true superscoring. For instance, Cornell, Duke, and NYU look at the highest subscores even though they do not build a new composite score. We find this to be almost a distinction without a difference, especially since some colleges do the same thing behind the scenes but label it “superscoring.”

**Stanford does not superscore ACT; however the website states, “For the ACT, we will review all subscores and will focus on the highest Composite and the highest English and writing scores from all test sittings.”

Post a comment or send an email to guide@compassprep.com with questions or recommended changes.

Updated 8/13/18

 

Ash Kramer

About Ash Kramer

With a career in test prep and higher education that began in the late 90s, Ash has held a variety of educational roles from tutor to administrator. She is currently a PhD candidate at USC and the Director of Curriculum at Compass, where she is lucky to lead a brilliant team creating the very best learning materials for students and their tutors.

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