Dear Seniors and Parents,
Here are commonly asked questions about standardized testing.
WHICH TEST SCORES SHOULD YOU REPORT?
Colleges vary in their requirements for standardized testing. For each senior, I will evaluate your entire history of standardized testing, including SAT, Subject Tests, ACT and AP exams, and advise you on which test scores to report and when.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO SEND TEST SCORES?
- If you have completed all of your standardized testing, send the appropriate test scores to all the colleges you are applying to.
- If you are planning to take additional tests during October, send the appropriate test scores to all the colleges that you are applying to for early or rolling admissions. After you receive your October and/or November scores, we can evaluate which to send to the colleges you are applying to for regular admissions.
WHAT ARE COLLEGES' DEADLINES FOR RECEIVING TEST SCORES?
The college application deadlines are strict for the student portion of the process, including Common App, Supplement and payment, or the colleges' own application. For the components that are outside students' control - including the Secondary School Report from the guidance office (transcript, high school profile and counselor letter), teacher recommendations and test scores - it's optimal if these arrive by the application deadline, but there is some leeway for these application components to arrive shortly after the deadline.
Colleges do not begin to review a student's file until all the required components are received.
HOW DO YOU REPORT TEST SCORES?
- SAT and SAT Subject Test Scores: Go on the www.collegeboard.com website.
- ACT Scores: Go on the www.actstudent.org website
- AP Scores: Students can self-report AP scores, and do not need to officially send scores until they accept a college's offer of admission.
HOW DO COLLEGES COMPARE SAT AND ACT SCORES?
- Colleges typically convert ACT scores to their SAT equivalent. See the ACT-SAT Correspondence Chart in the CG Library.
- Most colleges super-score the SAT (take the highest score from each section), and few colleges super-score the ACT. See the list of Colleges that Super-Score the ACT in the CG Library.
WILL ALL COLLEGES RECEIVE SCORES AT THE SAME TIME?
Note that each college has its own policy regarding how it prefers to receive scores from the College Board (SAT and Subject Tests) and ACT organization, including paper versus electronic, and the frequency of receiving scores. If colleges prefer to receive by paper, they receive the scores within a few days. If electronic, the college specifies how often they want the batch of scores to be sent; the least frequent option is every two weeks.
When you check the portal of different colleges to track the status of your application, scores may be received at different times for different colleges. What's most relevant for you is the policy of the college regarding the latest date you can take tests for early and regular admissions. Typically, the October date is the latest date for a college to receive scores for early admissions, and December is the latest for regular admissions.
Hope this is helpful!