Is submitting SAT and ACT scores to colleges a new trend? Maybe so. At the University of Virginia, the University of California – Los Angeles, and Harvard University, approximately twenty-five percent of applicants last year submitted both SAT and ACT scores. Interesting, right? At Princeton University, just about 8,000 applicants last year submitted both SAT and ACT scores. Princeton had about 26,000 applicants so you do the math. That’s a major portion of the applicant pool! With the growing popularity of the ACT and with more students actually taking the ACT than the SAT now, it’s possible we might see this trend only increase in the next few years.
Said Janet Rapelye, Dean of Admissions at Princeton University, as quoted in a “New York Times” piece entitled “Testing, Testing: More Students Are Taking Both the ACT and SAT,” “I don’t know all the pieces of why this is happening, but I think more students are trying to make sure they’ve done everything they can. And for us, more information is always better. If students choose one or the other, that’s fine, because both tests have value. But if they submit both, that generally gives us a little more information.” If you have great scores on both the SAT and ACT, then as Janet Rapelye points out, it can only help as it provides more information to the admissions office.
If, however, your scores don’t match up — if your SAT score, for instance, is way higher than your ACT score, then don’t submit both. That wouldn’t make sense. Put your best foot forward always. Only submit both the SAT and the ACT if they are about the same. Otherwise, only submit your stronger test. It’s that simple.
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