Score Choice

How Do I Use Score Choice to Show Universities My Best Scores?

Score Choice
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Canceling Scores & Utilizing Score Choice: Part 2
How Do I Use Score Choice to Show Universities My Best Scores?

Score Choice allows you to choose which SAT and SAT Subject Test scores you would like to send to colleges, at no additional cost. Different universities and colleges  have different score choice practices. Some schools require only the single highest test date score, some schools state that they combine the highest scores from different sections across test dates (“superscoring”), and some schools require you to send all of your scores. View the score-choice practices of different schools. Always check with the schools you plan to apply to as well before sending your scores.

Is Score Choice Mandatory?
Choice is a completely optional (opt-in) feature.  If you choose not to use Score Choice, then College Board will automatically send all your scores. There is also no limit on the number of times you can use Score Choice.  Regardless of whether it’s your first score report or fifth, Score Choice will always be available to you when you send your score reports.

How Will Score Choice Help Me?
Students can begin preparation for the SAT early without penalty and take it several times without worrying about under-performing. The pressure of the SAT test affects many students, and the “this-one-test-can-ruin-my-life-if-I-don’t-do-well” mentality can negatively affect performance. With Score Choice, you don’t have to worry about how one bad test might ruin your chances of getting into the school of your dreams. Start preparing early, and take the SAT several times between your junior and senior years.

Do All School Accept Score Choice Score Reports?
Schools cannot tell whether the score report sent to them has been “Score-Choiced” or not. If you use Score Choice, the test dates you select will be posted on the score report, and the ones you elected not to send will be invisible. There is no “Score Choice” stamp that tells universities if you have or have not opted to use the service.

That said, some colleges strongly urge (or require) students to send complete score reports with scores from all tests; however, they cannot tell College Board to reveal all your scores. It is a matter of integrity. If a school asks for all of your scores, send them. If a school does not request all of your scores, use Score Choice. It’s as simple as that!

Because each school has its own policy on Score Choice and evaluates SAT scores uniquely, students must do their research before taking the SAT and sending score reports. If, for instance, you are applying to an Ivy League school that requires you to send all of your test scores, you shouldn’t take the SAT until you are confident about your performance. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the test several times, but an original score of a 1500 might not convey your potential and will give the admissions officers pause.

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For a quick reference guide to various schools and their Score Choice policies, click here.

Does Score Choice allow students to choose individual section scores to send?
Students are only able to select which scores they send by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Test. Scores from an entire SAT test are sent, so you cannot superscore*. Students can choose by test date (test sitting) for the SAT and by test for SAT Subject Test, which scores appear on the score report sent to colleges, universities or scholarship programs.

*The term “superscore” refers to the combination of your best scores on each section from all your tests.  For instance, if you got a 620 Verbal, 690 Math, and 600 Writing (1910 total) on your first test, and then you got a 690 Verbal, 590 Math, and 630 Writing (1910 total) on your second test, your superscore would be 690 Verbal, 690 Math, and 630 Writing (2010 total).

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Check out other posts in this series:

  • Canceling Scores & Utilizing Score Choice: Part 1 – How Do I Cancel My SAT Scores?
  • Canceling Scores & Utilizing Score Choice: Part 3 – What if I sign up for the SAT, and decide I am not ready? (coming soon!)
  • Changing Your SAT Test Type and Changing SAT Subject Tests (coming soon!)

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