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    What is SAT Score Choice? Everything You Need to Know

    By Cece Gilmore

    Cece Gilmore is a Content Writer at Scholarships360. Cece earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was the education editor as well as a published staff reporter at Downtown Devil. Cece was also the co-host of her own radio show on Blaze Radio ASU.

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    Edited by Maria Geiger

    Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Posted: July 1st, 2024
    What is SAT Score Choice? Everything You Need to Know

    SAT score choice allows you to choose which SAT score gets sent to which college if you have taken multiple SAT exams. Keep reading to find out more about SAT score choice and how it can help you throughout the college application process! 

    What is SAT score choice?

    SAT score choice allows students to choose what scores will get sent to colleges if they took multiple SAT exams. This allows you to put your best foot forward when applying to colleges. If you choose not to use the SAT score choice option then the College Board will send all of your scores to the colleges you listed as score recipients 

    If you have the time and money to do so, you should try to take the SAT more than once and then use SAT score choice to send your best attempt to your colleges. This is a great option if you feel that your first SAT attempt was not as strong as you can be.  

    Related: Should I take the SAT/ACT? 

    How does SAT score choice work?

    You will need a College Board account in order to view your scores and send score reports to  colleges. When you initially register for the SAT, you can choose up to 4 score recipients for free. To send additional schools your score it costs $12. 

    In your College Board account you will see a list of your colleges and your scores. You will have to select the “choose scores” button and then select which score you want to send to each college individually. Remember, if you do not use the score choice option then the College Board will automatically send all of your scores to the schools you listed. 

    Related: Average SAT score by state

    What is a superscore? 

    A SAT or ACT superscore is when you take your best scored sections from different SAT or ACT exams and combine them to give you the highest possible score. 

    For example, say you took the SAT twice, and the first time you earned a 700 on the math section and a 520 on the reading section. The second time you earned a 650 on the math section and a 600 on the reading section. When you superscore, you can combine your first math score and your second reading score to give you a 1300 superscore. 

    It is important to note that some colleges and universities do not accept superscores. So, be sure to check your anticipated school’s policies regarding superscores. 

    SAT score choice vs superscore

    SAT Score ChoiceSuperscore
    Students select which test dates scores to sendAutomatically takes the highest section scores across multiple test dates
    Available regardless of a college’s policyDepends on if the college accepts superscore 
    Best for students with one or a few strong test datesBest for students who have section scores spread across different test dates

    Key Takeaways

    Key Takeaways

    • SAT score choice is the ability to choose which scores will be sent to colleges if you have taken the SAT multiple times
    • You can customize your score reporting to each individual college or university
    • Retaking the SAT is a good idea since SAT score choice allows you to choose which scores to send colleges 
    • Research your school’s policies regarding score choice and superscore as some schools have strict requirements for applicant’s scores

    Frequently asked questions about SAT Score Choice

    Does using SAT score choice look bad to colleges?

    No, using SAT score choice does not negatively impact your application. It is a common tool provided by the College Board to help students submit their best SAT performance.

    What happens if I do not use SAT score choice?

    If you do not use SAT score choice, then colleges will see all of your SAT test scores from every testing date.

    Do I have to pay to use SAT score choice?

    No! SAT score choice does not cost extra. However, you will have to pay for any additional colleges you are sending your SAT score to besides the four free ones.

    Do all colleges accept SAT score choice?

    Yes! However, there are some schools that require students to send all SAT scores even if you do use SAT score choice. Therefore,  be sure to check the specific score submission policies of each college you are applying to.

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