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a month ago
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SAT Essay Score?

I took the SAT with essay in August of 2020 and was happy with my composite score but not satisfied with my essay score. Especially since I took the exam before AP Lang/Lit, I just didn't have the skills to do well and feel that the score does not represent my ability as a writer. I'm applying to MIT, and their score self-report section does not ask if I've taken the SAT with/without essay, and each section is optional, so I could just not report my essay score along with it. I know that this is not the case for Common App or other systems. But for MIT, am I allowed to just report my SAT score without the essay???

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a month ago

The short answer is yes. Plus MIT doesn't require the optional SAT or ACT essay.

If you get accepted, just make sure you accurately self-report your composite score because they verify and fact-check this prior to enrollment directly with CollegeBoard.. So if you got a 730/790 right down 730/790, nothing else.

Good luck.

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a month ago

Hi there,

You're right in that for MIT, your official scores sent from CollegeBoard are not required for the application. You will be required to verify your full school once you are both admitted and enrolled at the school, and not sending a score during these unprecedented, test-optional times should not be a cause for your admissions to be revoked. For now you can self-report as you wish.

You want to be sure you're displaying essay and writing proficiency on other portions of your application if you're choosing not to send this score, however. Make sure your essays are well-thought-out and any remaining AP Lit/Lang tests you take better reflect you abilities.

It should be noted that pre-COVID times, you did need to send all parts of the score in order to be evaluated at the college. This policy has become more flexible recently but may revert in the future - check your prospective schools' policies and consider speaking to admissions officers or current students working in the admissions office to confirm with your prospective schools that this is the best course of action for you.

Hope this helps!

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