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Reporting SAT Scores on Common App: What's the Magic Number?

Folks, I've taken the SAT a few times and am trying to figure out how many SAT scores I should report on the Common App. Is it better to report all scores or just the highest? Does it matter if there's a significant improvement between tests? Any insights into this would be super helpful.

7 months ago

Hello there! It's great that you're looking to present your SAT scores in the best light on your Common App. Generally, most colleges recommend or allow for 'Score Choice', which means you can choose the highest score to report if the schools to which you're applying don't require all scores to be reported.

If there's been a significant improvement between your tests, this can demonstrate your determination and ability to grow, which colleges do like to see. However, if the schools on your list adhere to a 'superscore' policy, they will consider the highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT, creating the highest possible composite score. So, definitely report all scores to a 'superscore' school.

That said, if the colleges you're interested in don't 'superscore' and don't require all scores, reporting only your highest overall SAT score could be your best strategy. Make sure to check the admission policies of each institution on your list to make the right decision. Good luck!

7 months ago

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