Should I submit SAT?Answered
So, I recently got my SAT scores back. 1st test: 1410 (750M, 660RW), 2nd test: 1450 (730M, 720RW), Superscore: 1470 (750M, 720RW). This is hovering around the C/O '24 middle 50% for Cornell and other schools that I'm applying to. The main schools that I'm concerned about are Cornell ED and UNC out-of-state EA. Any suggestions on if I should submit the 1470 superscore or go test-optional?
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Here's an updated list of which colleges require that you submit all test scores including the SAT.
UNC-Chapel Hill and Cornell are on this list so yes, you will be required to send in all three scores, 1390, 1410, and 1430 and they will super score it.
But don't worry too much your 1470 is a great score even for Cornell. Their last Common Data Set in 2019 shows a middle 50% range of 1420 (680/720, yes the 25% percentile was 20 pts higher than the individual scores) to 1560 (770, 800). Last year's admit rates were like 12.5% (estimate since they won't publish the actual numbers) so 2020 mid scores were like 1410/1530 and this year might be even softer like 1400/1500.
Since your scores are in the middle 50th percentile for your schools, absolutely go ahead and submit them. You may find this article helpful: https://blog.collegevine.com/test-optional-coronavirus-policies/. Basically, one of our co-founders analyzed some data, and we expect test scores to be lower this year. If your SAT score is within 60 points of the 25th percentile, we still recommend that you submit your score. This means that if the middle 50th percentile is 1200-1340, you should still submit if you have a 1140.
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