College Counseling Corner

The SAT, Score Choice and the College Board

by Sarah Soule

Many area high school seniors recently sat for the October and November administration of the SAT test, which is overseen by the College Board. The results are typically distributed electronically within two and a half weeks of the test date, giving students time to consider the results as they contemplate their college lists prior to submitting their applications.

In recent years, the College Board implemented a program called Score Choice. This feature allows students to select SAT tests and the SAT Subject test by specific test by test date to share with colleges. It should be noted, though, that this form of submission must be done in compliance with each college or universities own practice of accepting standardized test scores.  The decision to utilize Score Choice is optional and a student has to personally request that their scores are sent to each college to which they are applying. They do this through the College Board’s website. If they opt out of Score Choice, after the request has been made, their scores will sent to their colleges. Students can make the request via the College Board’s website: www.collegeboard.com and the requests are quickly processed. I encourage students and parents and students to review the site carefully as it is full of information relating to the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests.

With Score Choice, students can send SAT scores to colleges by test date, and they include the entire section of scores, i.e. the critical reading, mathematics, and writing portions. Score Choices does not allow for students to send an individual score from one section on one date and another result from another test date. For further information: professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/scores/policy. For that reason, many colleges encourage applicants to send the score reports for all of their testing in with their applications. When it comes time to review applications, the admissions officers will choose the highest scores for the applicant. This practice is known as “super scoring.” When sending scores, be aware that the College Board charges a fee to submit the score report to colleges. Please consider sending all scores in a single report to save money.

Students are encouraged to speak directly with their college counselor or to ask questions of the admission officer at the colleges and universities to which they are applying regarding the policy of submitting standardized testing results. Good luck!

Sarah Soule has 30 years of experience working in the field of college and independent school admissions. She currently serves as the director of college counseling at the Vermont Commons School in South Burlington.

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