A New Way to Report Your SAT Scores
Creators of the SAT have made changes because, "We know that many of you may feel anxious about taking tests. So we've tried to make the SAT experience a little less stressful by giving you what you've asked for—a new way to report your scores to colleges and scholarship programs." Score Choice gives you the option to choose which scores you send to colleges
It sounds SO WONDERFUL! The College Board policy for SAT Score Choice sounds like it's the perfect solution to test anxiety. Score Choice gives students the option to choose the SAT scores by test date and choose SAT Subject Test scores by individual test that they send to colleges. Score Choice is optional, and gives you a sense of control over your test results. This can be a welcome relief for parents homeschooling high school who are worried about what to do about test scores.
Here's the problem. Different colleges use test scores in different ways.
Some colleges use the highest test score from any test date; highest math regardless of date, highest reading regardless of date, highest writing regardless of date. That "mix and match" approach can make your child look pretty smart! Every child has a "good test day" when you do it that way!
Some colleges take that concept to the next level. They strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing the university to give you more money and other opportunities.
Then there are the other colleges. The ones that don't like to mix and match scores. A test is a test, and each test stands alone. In that group, some colleges will accept the SAT that is the single highest test date. If the overall score in June is higher than the overall score in May, then they use ONLY the scores from the June test.Continued on the next page