2 years ago
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Can colleges see how many times you retake sat or act?

I have googled this answer but want to make sure they cannot. I got a 1390 because I was having a rough week but I do not want them to accept 1390 if I get a higher grade. Will they see if I take the act or sat multiple times?

anyone know what age to apply for college and grade??? Also is 9,10,11,and 12th grade sat and act all different?


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2 years ago

To answer all your questions, I'll start with the first one. You can take the SAT or ACT as many times as you like and colleges will only see what you send them. So if you took the SAT 6 times, if you submit only your best score, then they will only see that. But if your super-score is based on (3) SAT attempts, then it would be prudent for you to send in the (3) SAT score to take advantage of the super-score. The only caveat to this is if the college has an SAT policy that requires you to submit all previous SAT scores. Colleges like Georgetown, UPenn, and Rice want to see all previous test scores.

When you log into your College Board portal , you will see a Scores Portal which is all your PSAT, SAT, SAT II SUBJECT TESTS. From this dashboard, you can select which tests you wish to send to a particular college.

You can't apply to college/university unless you are on track for graduating from HS by the time you finish your current year of schooling. So you cannot apply in 9th or 10th grade. You can apply in 11th grade if you are graduating 1 year early because you have satisfied all graduation requirements for your High School. There are many countries that only have K-10, K-11 schooling, as in the case of some South American and African Nations.

In the US, there are 3 PRE-SAT tests you take as an 8/9th grader, a 10th grader and an 11th grader. They are called the PSAT-8/9, PSAT-NMSQT (10th), and the PSAT/NMSQT (11th). Only the 11th-grade version of the PSAT counts toward National Merit Scholarships. For the ACT, it's less complicated. There is something called the PRE-ACT you can take as a 10th,11th grader but it is NOT associated with a scholarship if you do well on it. That may change in the future.

Hope this is useful.

2 years ago

As someone else said, colleges only see the scores you send them. If you did not send them the 1390 score they will not know about that score. Once you have a score you are happy with send it in and that will be the score your colleges see. If the school you are applying to accepts superscores, it might be beneficial to send multiple scores if you score higher if you combined the best scores of each subsection to create a superscore.

2 years ago

No, you just submit one score from your test. If you submit your 1390, then you are stuck. The ACT and SAT are the same for all grades. You should be in your senior year when you apply for college so that you can have your application accepted and start college right after you graduate HS. UNLESS you are applying for comm college, which I recommend you do. When applying to comm college, you should apply at the end of your sophomore or junior year. Good luck, hope this helps.

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