3 years ago
Admissions Advice

Do I go test optional

I had taken SAT once and the score was 1400 (780 Math + 620 English). I know that this is not a good score but everyone might be lower this year. Do I report this score to

Here I include the middle 50%

- Cornell (1400 - 1560)

- Colby (1390 - 1530)

- Case Western Reserved (1340 - 1510)

- Harvard (1460 - 1580)

From the collegevine blog, I think I could expect +60 to my sat score relative to the last year, which means that I might send this score to the first 3, but probably not to Harvard. However, there's no other site that mention this. What do you guys think?

If I do or do not report the score, should I write down something about the covid in the additional information ?

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3 years ago

Hi! I am not a professional, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

I would recommend you not to submit your SAT score. This year, many high achieving students are opting to go test-optional, and there is absolutely no penalty if you do. Since a 1400 is on the lower end for your schools, there is no need for you to feel obligated to submit. Of course, if the rest of your application is rather weak, and you think you'll get a boost from your SAT score, then you should definitely send it. If your GPA, rigor, other test scores, etc. are up to par, though, then there's no need.

You don't have to, but you could (briefly!) mention in the COVID question why you were unable to retake the exam. Additional info could also work. But again, there's no need, since colleges will understand without you saying so.

3 years ago

Hi there, based on advice from our co-founder Vinay, you should submit your scores to all of these schools. He recommends submitting any schools within 60 points of the 25th percentile. 1400 is still a strong score, and scores are lower this year across the board. Superscores will be significantly lower since many students only got the chance to take the SAT/ACT once, if at all.

It's also worth nothing that even students who submit scores BELOW the 25th percentile are admitted at 1.25 times the rate than students who don't submit scores at all.

More info in this post: https://blog.collegevine.com/test-optional-coronavirus-policies/

Hope this helps, and best of luck!

3 years ago

I feel like, for Colby and Case Western Reserved, you should still submit your SAT score if you are not super confident about the essays, extracurriculars, and GPAs. Even though many schools say stuff like, "oh, you don't have to submit your SAT score if you don't think it represents your academic strength." But still, one of my friends submitted her superstore 1460 to Cornell, which was not a very competitive test score either, but she got into that school during the ED round. In general, I believe you should still give your SAT score to the two schools that I mentioned above(or just Case Western Reserve, it's up to you) since you are at least within the range of middle 50%.

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