Dear Estelle. What’s all the fuss about “Score Choice?” Everyone around school seems to be discussing its pros and cons and frankly we are confused. We’ve visited several college websites and each states something different. Katherine, our daughter, has taken the SAT and ACTS several times and now we hear discussions about the merits of sending in one exceptional score and the ability to cover up the poor ones. What do you suggest? Parent, Littleton High School
Score Choice is quite confusing. I used to refer clients to college websites when they were unsure what to do when submitting ACT and SAT test scores. Now, however, I realize that although many colleges state their requirements for score reporting, even their answers can be confusing. Georgetown, for example, does not participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board. It requires that you “submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests to fully assess your individual strengths in comparison to the entire applicant pool.”
The College of William and Mary suggests that multiple sets of test scores are perfectly acceptable. Stanford states “Applicants must self-report and submit all SAT or ACT scores and cannot elect to “hide” any score with either testing agency. ”However, Stanford does not have a similar policy on the subject tests. Students are allowed Score Choice on these tests because they are not required.
The University of Pennsylvania requires that applicants submit all testing results. They evaluate only the higher of your ACT composite scores, the highest score on each section of the SAT or the highest single testing result from multiple sittings of any SAT Subject Test.
With this type of information from the colleges themselves, it’s easy to see why confusion reigns. During the next few weeks, as more definitive information becomes available, I will share it with clients and readers.