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Can someone explain the concept of superscoring?

Hi! I've heard the term 'superscoring' thrown around quite a bit, but I'm not exactly sure what it means. Can someone explain the concept of superscoring and which colleges use it for standardized test scores? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hey there! I'd be happy to help explain superscoring. Superscoring is a policy that some colleges and universities use when evaluating an applicant's standardized test scores, such as the SAT or ACT. It's a process that takes the best section scores (e.g., reading/verbal, math, writing) from multiple test attempts and combines them to form the highest overall 'super' score. This can be advantageous for students who may not have performed their best on all sections in one test sitting.

For example, let's say you took the SAT twice. On your first attempt, you scored a 650 in math and a 700 in reading & writing. On your second attempt, you scored a 720 in math and a 680 in reading & writing. A college that superscores would combine the 720 in math and the 700 in reading & writing to create a new superscore of 1420.

Superscoring policies vary by institution, so it's a good idea to research each college's policy on their website or contact their admissions office. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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