SAT Score Choice

SAT Score, Score Choice on SAT, SAT Test

The College Board went public with a new Score Choice policy without much information on the new policy.

In June of 2008, when the College Board went public with their new score reporting policy, there was little specific information about the plan. In fact, before we wrote our June 23rd blog on “Change in SAT Policy Expected to Increase Revenues and Market Share,” we called the College Board counselor hotline and were told that the particulars were not yet for public information.

This past September, at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Conference in Seattle, we attended a workshop entitled “Update on Admissions Testing” sponsored by the College Board and ACT. With an audience of admissions, guidance, and independent counselors at this workshop, there was a general state of confusion regarding the College Board’s new policy.

Just recently, however, the College Board has gone public with some of the details of the new policy in an article that appears on its website entitled “New SAT Score-Reporting Policy.” The following are excerpts from that article:

* “The new score-reporting feature will launch in spring 2009, and will be first available to students in the class of 2010 participating in the March 2009 test administration.”

* “After implementation, students will have the ability to send scores from tests taken prior to the launch. For example, a student who took a Biology Subject Test and a World History Subject Test as a sophomore in June 2008—and who then takes the SAT in spring 2009—can choose whether or not to include the Biology and World History Subject Test scores and/or SAT score on the score report.”

* “This new policy will give students the option to choose the SAT scores by sitting (test date) and SAT Subject Test scores by individual test.”

* “Score Choice is optional, and if students choose not to use it, all scores will be sent automatically.”

* “Students will be instructed to follow the different score-reporting requirements of each college to which they apply.”

* “Scores from an entire SAT test will be sent—scores of individual sections from different sittings cannot be selected independently for sending.”

* “Students can send any or all scores to a college on a single report.”

Check out the College Board press release here.


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