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What is Score Choice (TM)?

Score Choice (TM), introduced by the CollegeBoard in 2009, is an optional feature that allows you to choose which scores you send to colleges, based on specific test dates for the SAT, and individual tests for the SAT Subject Tests.

For example, if you took the SAT in October, January, and May, but only want colleges to see the scores from January and May, you are able to do this with Score Choice.

However, for the test dates you choose to report on, you must report scores from ALL SECTIONS of the test.  You cannot submit your Math and Critical Reading scores from one test date and your Writing score from another test date.

Should you decide not to use Score Choice, all your test results will be reported to the schools to which you apply.  As per the College Board, "Students should feel comfortable submitting all scores, since most colleges consider a student's best score."

PLEASE NOTE: Score Choice (TM) has not been accepted by all schools, and some schools do require you to submit all scores from all test dates.  Check with the specific schools to which you are applying to find out their institutional policy on score use.

To read more on Score Choice (TM), visit the CollegeBoard's page on SAT Score Choice.

The ACT has always been a score-choice exam; you can take the test as many times as you want and only submit the scores for the test dates you choose.

What is Super Scoring?

Super Scoring is an informal practice in which schools consider your best scores from INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS of the test.  Let's say, for example, you took the SAT in January and scored 600 on Critical Reading, 650 on Math, and 550 on Writing, and then took it again in May and scored 550 on Critical Reading, 600 on Math, and 650 on Writing.  With Super Scoring, the highest scores from each section (600 on Critical Reading, 650 on Math, and 650 on Writing) will be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an official practice and is not enable by the College Board or by ACT, Inc.  It is only an informal practice that varies by school, so check with the specific institutions to which you are applying to find out their official policy on score use.



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