superscoreKnowing how to take advantage of Superscoring can dramatically change your teen’s ultimate SAT or ACT score. How, you ask?

SAT example: March SAT: EBRW: 600; Math: 750; COMPOSITE: 1350

May SAT: EBRW: 700; Math 680; COMPOSITE: 1380

Superscored Composite: 1450 – A significant difference.

ACT example: February ACT: English: 30; Math: 22; Reading: 20; Science: 21; Composite: 23

April ACT: English: 25: Math: 29; Reading: 21; Science: 22; Composite 24

June ACT: English: 26; Math: 25; Reading; 30; Science: 21; Composite 25

July ACT: English: 25; Math: 24; Reading: 26; Science: 32; Composite 27

Superscore Composite: 30!

(These test scores also show a steady improvement in composites – not scores all over the map.)


What schools Superscore?

Here is a list of some of the top schools that superscore both the SAT and ACT. (Always check a school’s website as this type of policy is ALWAYS in flux. NOTE: It is to the school’s advantage to super score as it elevates its college ranking.

  • Boston College Johns Hopkins
  • University of North Carolina
  • Boston University MIT
  • University of South Carolina
  • Brown New York University USC
  • Carnegie Mellon Notre Dame University of Virginia
  • Columbia Princeton Vanderbilt
  • Cornell Stanford Villanova
  • Duke University of California Virginia Tech
  • Georgetown University of Chicago Yale
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Connecticut
  • Harvard University of Miami

Superscoring enables students to focus on improving one section at a time without having to worry about their scores on the other section(s). Of course, it can also save students from additional attempts at taking the test if a college does superscore. Make sure to check with each school on your teen’s list to learn their policies as they are always changing.

Bottom line:

  • It’s to your teen’s advantage to take the SAT or ACT more than once. According to ACT, most students go up 57% when taking the ACT more than once.
  • Most students achieve their optimum scores when they take the test 2-3 times. (I don’t recommend more than four times.)
  • Most schools superscore the SAT; not as many the ACT though the list ​is growing.
  • If you see that a school does superscore, don’t hyperfocus on preparing for one section to the extreme detriment of the other(s), i.e., an initial SAT score of 650 on the SAT EBRW and 550 on math. Second sitting: SAT score of 500 on EBRW and 650 on math. Admissions officers will see ALL scores and may wonder if the first reading score was a ‘fluke’.
  • Score choice means that the student decides which SAT or ACT score to send in after two or more administrations. The student cannot select to send in by section; it’s by test date. For example, a student takes the SAT with no prep and gets a mediocre score. The student then takes it a second time – putting a lot of time and effort in preparing – and gets a fabulous score. Obviously, this student should only submit the second test scores.

I hope this clears up any confusion you or your teen may have had about the advantages of taking the the SAT and/or ACT multiple times and which test scores to send into a school. Don’t hesitate to contact me ​if you have further questions.

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