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Superscoring and Score Choice Policies

By June 19, 2019 October 29th, 2019 ACT, College Admission Requirements, For Students, SAT

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.

10/29/19 Update: We will begin tracking which schools accept single section retakes for the ACT in their superscore process. So far, we have heard from Fordham and Temple that they will likely accept these scores for superscoring.

SchoolSuperscore SATSuperscore ACTSuperscore ACT with Single Section RetakesScore 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 CollegeYesYesScore Choice OK
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—​SUNYYesYesScore 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 CollegeYesYesRecommends all
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 CharlestonYesYesRecommends all
College of New JerseyYesNoScore choice OK
College of St. BenedictYesYesRecommends all
College of the Holy CrossYesYesScore 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 CollegeYesYesYesScore choice OK
Cornell UniversityYes*NoRequires all ACT; SAT Score Choice OK
Creighton UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
CUNY—​Baruch CollegeYesYesScore 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 UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Florida Institute of TechnologyYesYesRecommends all
Florida State UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Fordham UniversityYesYesYesScore 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 ChicagoYesYesScore 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 CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Muhlenberg CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
New College of FloridaYesYesRecommends all
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYesNoRecommends all
New SchoolNoNoScore choice OK
New York UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
North Carolina State University—​RaleighYesYesRecommends all
Northeastern UniversityYesYesScore choice OK
Northwestern UniversityYesYesScore 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 CollegeYesYes*Recommends 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 UniversityYesYes*Recommends all
Ripon CollegeNoNoScore choice OK
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYesYesScore choice OK
Rollins CollegeYesNoScore choice OK
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​New BrunswickYesNoRecommends all
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—​NewarkYesNoRecommends all
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 UniversityYesYesScore 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 UniversityYes**No**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 UniversityYesYesYesRecommends all
Texas A&M University—​College StationNoNoScore choice OK
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—​SUNYYesYesScore 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—​BerkeleyNoNoRecommends all
University of California—​DavisNoNoRecommends all
University of California—​IrvineNoNoRecommends all
University of California—​Los AngelesNoNoRecommends all
University of California—MercedNoNoRecommends all
University of California—RiversideNoNoRecommends all
University of California—​San DiegoNoNoRecommends all
University of California—​Santa BarbaraNoNoRecommends all
University of California—​Santa CruzNoNoRecommends all
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 MiamiYesYesRecommends all
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 DiegoYesNoScore choice OK
University of San FranciscoYesYesRecommends all
University of South CarolinaYesNoScore choice OK
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—​AustinNoNoRecommends all
University of Texas—​DallasYesNoScore 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 WashingtonYesYesScore choice OK
University of Wisconsin—​MadisonNoNoRecommends all
Ursinus CollegeYesYesScore choice OK
Valparaiso UniversityYesYesRecommends all
Vanderbilt UniversityYesYesRecommends 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
Western Michigan 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 focus on the highest Composite from all sittings.” For the new SAT, Stanford will superscore your Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores across sittings taken with the essay and sittings taken without the essay.

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

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.

168 Comments

  • Avatar Al says:

    My son took the ACT three times. His highest composite score was 33 (English 34, Math 36, Reading 29, Science 32). But in another sitting he increased his science score to 33, though his other section scores were lower (composite was 31). Should he just submit the scores from the sitting where he got 33, or should he also include the other one to indicate the 1-point gain in science?

    He is applying to Cal Poly SLO as a top choice. (I’m not even sure if they consider science)

    Second question…
    On his SAT he got 800 math/700 English. Should he submit both SAT and ACT scores, or just one?

    Thanks!

    — Al

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Al,
      My understanding is that Cal Poly SLO only uses Math and English and superscores both SAT and ACT (and takes the highest when comparing SAT and ACT). Admission officers at Cal Poly only use the highest scores, so there is no negative to over-submitting. I would submit his 33 and his 1500.

  • Avatar Al says:

    Hi!, if a school superscores ACT, can you choose two dates of three to send for them to superscore, even if the third date has the highest score on one section? My child scored low on math on the third date that I’d rather the school not see, even though the science was the highest by 1 point?

  • Avatar Betty says:

    My daughter is going to apply for Princeton University. It allows score choice but “encourage” to send all scores. She got 35 on ACT so she will send this score. For SAT, she took 3 times. Scores are 1500, 1480 and 1460. Would it be ok just to send the 1500 score for SAT? Thanks.

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Betty,
      There is no reason to send anything other than the 1500. In fact, I’m not sure that you should even bother with that score. The 35 on the ACT is the stronger score. I doubt that the 1500 will hurt your daughter’s chances, but I want to point out that it is not necessary.

      • Avatar Betty says:

        Thank you for your prompt advice. My daughter is going to apply for 8 colleges on Common App. Some of the colleges require applicants to self-report all scores, although Common App only provides space for the highest score of each test type. I’m confused. Does she need to self-report her 1500 SAT score as well in order to meet the testing requirements of all colleges on one portal? Also, if she chooses to use score choice feature for Princeton, will it put her in a disadvantage position? Thanks

        • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

          Betty,
          I’m not a Common App expert, but I believe that you have two options (other than just reporting everything to everyone). First, there is no requirement to self-report on the Common App. You can choose to only send official reports to colleges. Second, you can edit the testing section of the Common App as you submit each application. Just because the Common App provides a space for the highest test scores in each area does not mean that you must fill them out. You should follow the policies set by the individual colleges. You are not at a disadvantage using Score Choice at Princeton.

  • Avatar Krasco says:

    Hi, I recently got my SAT scores, and it turned out I have 680 R&W and 310 on the math section. I felt really bad after I wrote the writing section(I guessed I ate something wrong that morning, and I didn’t answer most of the questions). Luckily I have a 640 R&W and 800 math score from last year. Do you think I should explain to them why my math score dropped so much?

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Krasco,
      I’m sorry to hear that you got sick. That sure is an unusual score. I don’t face that often. I’d be a little concerned about submitting the second test. It only helps by raising your superscore by 40 points. If you are a senior and have taken your last SAT, I would explain the drop. I would imagine that, with an 800, you also have strong math grades to show that the 310 was just an anomaly.

  • Avatar Niko says:

    Hi, I recently got a 36 on the ACT which is comparatively better than the 1540 I got on the SAT (770 on each section). For the colleges that use score choice, would it be better just to send my ACT score?

  • Avatar Vic says:

    Hello

    My son took SAT in March 2019 and got 1480 (EBRW: 680 (Reading: 33, Writing: 35), Math: 800) and retook it in August 2019 and got a lower score 1450 (EBRW: 680 (Reading: 34, Writing: 34), Math: 770). He’s applying to a college that has score choice policy but ENCOURAGES students to send all scores. I have a couple of questions:

    1- Since his second score is lower than the first one, I really don’t want him to send all scores; I honestly don’t see the benefit of doing so. I feel that the term ‘ENCOURAGE’ is not as strong as ‘RECOMMEND’ which I know equates to ‘REQUIRE’. What would you recommend?

    2- In the common application, there’s a section where you list out all the SAT tests that you’ve taken. If he lists both dates but submits only one score, would that be a problem with the admission?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Vic,
      Your son does not need to send his lower score to the college or list the score on the Common App. The Common App is only for all of the scores you would like to self-report. There is no requirement.

  • Avatar Kim says:

    Hello Mr. Sawyer!! Quick question. My senior is hoping to send out scores in next week to her colleges which all allow super scores. Her first SAT she scored 720 EBWR and 700 Math. (essay 6,5,6) Second test was 710 and 740 for score choice of 1460. So some schools say send all (University of South Carolina) so we will send all and some say only send higher scores. BUT – some schools say they RECOMMEND sending all scores “so you can be considered for all available enrollment related opportunities.” Her scores are so similar that I don’t think it really matters – but her essay scores are “ehh” and I would rather not send them. (she got a 5 on her AP English Language and I would rather the schools see that. Would it be wise to score choice for schools like Clemson, Chapel Hill that allow score choosing but recommend sending them all??? Thank you!!!!

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Kim,
      First, you are right to think that it doesn’t really matter in your daughter’s case. I don’t know of a school that would choose not to admit your daughter based on her essay scores (which are better than “ehh”). On the other hand, raising her superscore by 10 points won’t be the tip factor, either.

      Schools are not always great about communicating their policies. Colleges that recommend all scores typically do so because “we superscore, why would you not want to send us everything?” They’ve also seen students who forget to send scores or don’t even choose the ones that benefit them most. There is no penalty for not submitting all scores and, in fact, colleges are not made aware of Score Choice decisions.

      I would submit all scores. It’s easy, and you don’t have to think about it. There are enough other things to worry about during this process.

  • Avatar Anton says:

    Hi, so how this superscore being fair to student who took SAT once and got perfect score?

  • Avatar Kaylee N says:

    Hi. I just want to ask questions about sending SAT scores. If I take the SAT four times and the university that I plan to apply allows superscore, is it okay if I only send two of them or do I need to send all four SAT scores?

  • Avatar SD says:

    Hello
    My daughter (10th grade) took math subject on Aug. 24 and get 780 on math level 2.
    Since she got solid 800 from the practicing tests published my College board and another popular preparation book (harder one) and she finished all questions strong, she is considering to submit score verification and even re-take the test. Our questions are:
    1. Does it make sense to go for score verification?
    2. Is 780 good enough for UC? Should she re-take the test?
    3. If she re-take the subject tests, will she need to submit all subject scores for UC? or she can pick the best one.
    4. Another hypothetical question: if my daughter takes math level 1 in the future but the college (for example UC, Cal tech, etc.) does not require level 1 score, does she sill need to submit math level 1 score? Or she is allowed not to submit level 1.
    Thank you.
    SD

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      SD,
      I’m sure your daughter is frustrated at having just missed out on an 800, but her 780 is a great score.
      1) It’s extremely unlikely that this would result in a change.
      2) Yes, it would be at the high end of UC scores (keep in mind that UC does not require Subject Tests, although some programs recommend them).
      3) She can pick her best scores.
      4) I’d strongly advise against taking Math Level 1. For most programs, a 780 Math 2 is going to be better than even an 800 Math 1. As to your hypothetical, Georgetown is about the only remaining college that expects students to submit all Subject Test scores.

  • Avatar Isabella says:

    I have taken the ACT twice. 1st time: 30: E30 M34 R27 S30. 2nd time: 31: E27 M33 R31 S32. So superscore is 31.75. Should I send both or just the 31 because the two tests are so inconsistent? Everyone seems to have a different opinion. Thanks in advance.

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Isabella,
      I’m not surprised that people have different opinions on this one, and I’m not going to insist that mine is right. If a college superscores, then I would send both scores. Superscoring wouldn’t matter if we were always consistent! Having a superscored 32 seems better than having a 31. Your Math and Science scores are similar. You had a good day on English on a day that you struggled with the Reading and vice versa. That’s nothing an admission officer hasn’t seen before. If a college doesn’t explicitly superscore the ACT, I’m not as certain. In some cases they will only look at the higher Composite. In other cases, they’ll evaluate all of your subscores. I think I’d still send both scores. You proved that you can do 30+ in all areas.

  • Avatar Sandy says:

    Thanks so much!

  • Avatar Sandy says:

    Hi Art,

    My daughter has taken the SAT 2x – 800m/690r on first, and 700m/770r on second. I’m thrilled that she has a 1570 superscore, but a little concerned that her math dropped so much. (Also, she’s taking math 2 subject test this summer and I’m pretty confident she can score over 750, in case that matters.)Any reason to be concerned about the drop in math? She’ll obviously be sending both of these scores.

    Thanks!
    Sandy

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Sandy,
      Colleges that superscore really do superscore, so I wouldn’t be concerned by the Math drop. One of the reasons schools choose to superscore is for exactly this case — they want to judge a student based on her best performance.

      I am obligated to point out that not all colleges superscore. Since you are on our superscoring page, my guess is that you already knew that!

  • Avatar Anna says:

    If I wish to superscore my SAT am I required to send all scores from each SAT I took? Or just the two I wish to superscore from?
    Also, I have taken the SAT three times without studying and my superscore is a 1430 (730 R/W, 700 M). Do you think it is possible, after studying throughout the summer, to get this up to a 1500 in August?
    Can you explain the essay score to me as well? I got an 8/6/8. Thank you

    • Avatar Ash Kramer says:

      Hi Anna,

      If the school allows Score Choice you can decide to send only the two test dates that you want. Superscoring is something the admission office does with your scores.
      We have seen students raise their score by 70 points over a summer. Best of luck if you decide to go that route!
      To learn more about the essay score – check out our Guide to College Admission Testing, a free PDF, downloadable at compassprep.com/guide

  • Avatar Amak says:

    Hi there.
    My son scored
    1410= 680R + 730M (Aug 2018)
    1500= 730R + 770M (Mar 2019)
    If he take 3rd time, does SAT or ACT works better? If he goes for ACT, how does super score work?
    His essay is 7/6/7. What does mean?
    He is aiming UCLA or CMU, UW for Computer Science

    Thank you!!!!

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Amak,
      I would recommend sticking with the SAT, since he has seen nice improvement. He could always take a practice ACT to see how he is performing. His 7/6/7 is quite strong. Each area is scored out of 8 points, but it’s very difficult to get an 8. I estimate that his Essay scores put him in the 99th percentile.

      Superscoring does not apply across the SAT and ACT, so he wouldn’t get any benefit. Right now the only scores that matter are from his March 2019 SAT.

  • Avatar Stanley says:

    Hey,

    I scored a 28 the first time I took the ACT- 36 math, 21 science, 24 reading and 31 english… but did it a month later and got 32 composite- 33 math, 34 english, 31 reading, 28 science… should i submit both or just the 32- I am concerned about the 36 in math.

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Stanley,
      Congratulations on the improvement! I would recommend against sending your 28, as the difference — especially in reading and science — is quite large. Even superscored, you would remain at a 32. It’s a shame that schools won’t see your 36, but I think you’re better off with that sacrifice.

  • Avatar Lisa says:

    Will a subject area test be included in superscoring? For example if my child takes the math subject area and scores higher than she did on the math subtest of the SAT, will the subject area test be used for super scoring?
    Thank you!

    • Avatar Ash Kramer says:

      Hi Lisa,

      SAT Subject Tests are not factored into superscores. Schools will either superscore sections of the SAT OR sections of the ACT. Each Subject Test score is considered separately.

  • Avatar Karen says:

    UC Berkeley is really confusing….. The generic UC page states
    http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/examination-requirement/index.html

    Report ACT and/or SAT scores on your admissions application, then request that an official copy of the scores be sent to us from the testing agency. You can have your official score report sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it.
    In the College Board’s Score Choice module, we ENCOURAGE (emphasis mine) you to send all official scores to UC. We will use the highest scores from a single administration. There is no disadvantage to submitting all scores. A higher sub-score from another test date may be used to meet university or campus graduation requirements after admission (dependent on the campus).
    For the ACT with Writing test, we will focus on the highest combined score from the same test administration.

    elsewhere this…. https://admissions.berkeley.edu/documentation
    Report ACT and/or SAT scores on your admissions application, then request that an official copy of the scores be sent to us from the testing agency. You can have your official score report sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it.
    In the College Board’s Score Choice module, ensure that all scores are sent to UC. We REQUIRE (emphasis mine) all scores and will use the highest scores from a single administration.

    1) The College Board is just the SAT, right?
    2) Either way the information is contradictory

    …. thoughts (specifically concerned about the ACT and what they’re actually asking for)

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Karen,
      You would think that the largest university system in the country would know how to set consistent policies. As you found out, the UC’s don’t always meet that expectation. Keep in mind that Score Choice is a student’t choice; it is never the university’s choice. College Board will warn you when a policy is that a school does not “recognize” Score Choice, but the decision is ultimately yours. Things are simpler for the ACT because there is no such thing as Score Choice — you send scores for each test. Berkeley does not require all ACT scores. Any submitted ACT must be ACT w/Writing. The UC’s do not superscore, but will take your best combined score from a test administration.

  • Avatar Max Malhame says:

    Stanford does not offer score choice, please update

    • Avatar Ash Kramer says:

      Hi Max,

      Stanford has updated its policies. From their website:
      “How to report your test scores:
      We recommend that you simply self-report your highest scores in the testing section of the application. You can also have official scores sent to Stanford, but this is not required for us to review your application.
      If your most recent test results arrive after you submit your application, you can self-report these scores by sending your student score report(s) as an email attachment to credentials@stanford.edu.
      If you are offered admission and choose to enroll, official scores will be required. In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.*
      *Please note: Stanford reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if an applicant’s self-reported test scores do not align with those in the official score report.”
      https://admission.stanford.edu/apply/freshman/testing.html

      • Avatar Annie says:

        So does this mean that Stanford’s policies for the SAT and ACT are the same? In the table it is listed that they do not superscore the ACT, but are you allowed to select which test date scores are sent? Thank you.

        • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

          Annie,
          While Stanford does not superscore the ACT (i.e. does not combine section scores into a new Composite score), it does allow you to decide which scores to send: “If you would like to have official scores sent, it is fine to use the College Board’s Score Choice option or the equivalent offered by the ACT.” Stanford does superscore the SAT.

  • Avatar dwight says:

    Does the university of maryland require all ACT scores be sent?

  • Avatar Aurelius says:

    I would like to ask if I could use superscore on the printed score report, because the college I want to apply to require the printed ones instead of the online score report. I took physics, math2 and bio on my first SAT subject test and did math2 and physics once more, and increase my physics score but my math2 score decreases. I would like to swap just my physics score but keep the math and bio score from my first attempt. Is this possible to do for the printed score report?

    • Avatar Ash Kramer says:

      Hi there,

      Superscoring is done by college admission folks for either the SAT or ACT. For subject tests, you can simply elect to only send your highest scores—each test is considered individually. Best of luck with your applications!

  • Avatar John says:

    Hi there,
    My son took SAT in October and got 1480 (EBRW: 700 (Reading: 33, Writing: 37), Math: 780) and retook it in December and got 1510 (EBRW: 710 (Reading: 31, Writing: 40), Math: 800). I am a little confused about superscoring. I understand that superscoring schools use the highest EBRW score. But do they superscore reading and writing sections also? If so, should we send both October and December scores because Reading score was higher in October and Writing score was higher in December? Or if they superscore only EBRW, should we send only December score?
    Thank you very much for your help!

  • Avatar Erik H says:

    How can I tell how competitive I am if I studied for the SAT and took it for the first time *without* doing a superscore-focused approach? I am a junior and just got my December scores for my first-ever SAT (740/750) but even though i thought it was pretty good and even though puts me in the top 2% of all sat takers it hardly even squeaks into the top 25% of many schools and that seems odd.

    Is there any normal “fidge factor” where I can find out how competitive I am without having done superscoring?

    • Avatar Ash Kramer says:

      Hi Erik,

      Congrats on the 1490 on your first attempt! The question of how competitive you are is a complicated one. When admission officers look at your application, they’ll most likely be looking at a range of factors, test scores being only one of them. High school GPA, letters of recommendation, extra-curricular activities will all play a part. You’re right to point out, however, that those scores are often in the mid-range of Freshman classes at the most selective universities. Check out https://www.compassprep.com/great-to-good-the-diluted-value-of-high-test-scores/ on the increase of high-scoring students.

      My advice would be that if you think you could improve your scores, it’s worth taking the exam again. Even if only one score goes up, many schools superscore.

  • Avatar Jo says:

    I am still unclear about Georgetown testing requirements. If the student took both SAT & ACT, do they have to submit all scores, from all sittings , from both? In other words, does Georgetown require entire student testing history (both SAT & ACT if student took both)?

  • Avatar M says:

    Cornell doesn’t require all scores anymore. They allow score choice for SAT+Subject Tests. All ACT Scores do have to be submitted though.
    https://admissions.cornell.edu/standardized-testing-requirements

  • Avatar Erin says:

    A&M requires all scores, please do not mislead others

  • Avatar Aurora says:

    Hello, if a college like CMU requires all SAT and ACT scores does that mean they also require all subject scores?

    • Avatar Art Sawyer says:

      Aurora,
      This is a point of confusion because College Board’s score reporting tool only tells students whether or not a school participates in Score Choice. We have found that almost all colleges make an exception for Subject Tests. In other words, just because you need to submit all SAT scores does not automatically mean that you must submit all Subject Test scores. It is best to check with individual colleges. My understanding is that CMU no longer requires to submit all Subject Test scores and that you can choose which ones to send. Again, I would check with the university.

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