SAT 2016

CHAPTER 1

ATTACKING THE NEW SAT: TWELVE FAQs

  6 WHAT CONTROL DO I HAVE OVER MY SAT SCORES?

No college will see any of your SAT or Subject Test scores until you choose to release them to that particular school. So you never have to worry about a college seeing a score you don’t want to release. Most colleges also allow you to use Score Choice to select which particular SAT and SAT Subject Test scores are submitted to the colleges among all that you’ve taken. Some colleges, however, may request that you not use Score Choice, and instead submit all scores of all SATs you’ve taken. Typically, colleges do this for two reasons: (1) to give you the maximum possible SAT “superscore,” and (2) to identify students who are inappropriately test-obsessed (for instance, those who have taken the SAT six or more times).

So don’t worry about taking the SAT two or three times, if you need to. In fact, most colleges encourage students to take multiple tests, since one data point isn’t as trustworthy as multiple data points. But don’t go overboard. If you take it more than four times, a college might think you’re test-obsessed.