do I have to get my SAT/IELTS/AP scores then apply for the common app?.. or vice versa ??
I'm an international student and I'm preparing to take the SAT and IELTS exams and maybe AP, but I don't know yet if I have to get my scores then apply for the common app or apply then get my scores??!
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You can apply first and then submit your SAT scores afterward. The common app does ask for your SAT/ACT scores, but most schools don't depend on self-reported scores (unless stated directly). Ensure that you indicate that you will be submitting your scores so that colleges won't think that you are applying test-optional (this can be done by not ticking the test-optional box in the common app).
Apply first and submit any official scores to the schools you're applying to afterwards. The Common App and sending official test scores are separate and done separately through different organizations. So apply and submit any scores once they're released through College Board. Just make sure you request for scores to be submitted a few weeks before the deadline since each score send for each school costs about $12 (+extra for expedited shipping) and takes a couple of weeks and you want to be on the safe side.
That's a good question. I know the SAT scores get sent to schools directly, at least that is what it did for me. I had to add which schools I want it to go to after I take it and it gets graded. I will say I haven't gotten far enough to say if it is ever asked in the common app. But I would assume it doesn't since again the college board sends it to your schools and not all schools use the common app.
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