While the SAT is more closely resembling the ACT these days, there are still many differences between the two tests that you should be aware of. For instance, did you know that while a number of colleges and universities will super score your SAT results, far fewer will super score your ACT? Specifically, students often have the score choice option, but whether super scores will be considered or not is up to individual schools.
Wait, what?! Score choice? Super score? What is all of this?
An excellent question!
Score Choice – Score Choice has been an option for ACT test-takers, but for students taking the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, Score Choice was only introduced by the College Board in March of 2009. If you take the test more than once, as is recommended, Score Choice allows you to determine which scores you send to colleges (by testing date for the SAT and ACT, and by individual test for the SAT Subject Tests). Keep in mind, however, that some colleges will require that you submit all of your test scores – in those cases the element of choice is gone. For more information on ACT Score Choice click here, and for SAT and SAT Subject Test Score Choice information click here. Know that Score Choice is optional and if you opt not to use it then all of your scores will automatically be sent.
Super Score – This is where things get interesting! Some colleges will consider the best of your standardized test section scores across multiple test dates, adding them together for your super score. For instance:
Not all colleges and universities partake in super scoring, however, so know ahead of time if your dream colleges are super scorers or not. For a list of SAT score use practices at different colleges and universities, click here, and the colleges on this unofficial list will super score your ACT. This is crucial information to have in-hand when considering your score-sending strategy so, as ever, be informed, as you’re then in the strongest position to make the most appropriate journey-to-college decisions!