‘Score Choice’ and the Common Application

Posted on October 2, 2009. Filed under: admissions advice, college admissions, College Advice, college applications, college choice, college counseling, college news, college prep, education, test scores | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Could Score Choice implemented by the College Board last January get any more confusing?

Colleges are individually releasing their policies with regard to reporting scores.  It’s best to check with each college on your list to see what their unique policies are about reporting scores.

The following was printed yesterday in “Inside Higher Ed”:

The Common Application has had to adopt a temporary policy to deal with the dispute over “score choice,” the controversial rules change by the College Board that allows applicants to college to decide which of their SAT scores they want to report. The change allows students who take the test repeatedly to hide that fact, while the old policy would have required all scores to be reported. Some colleges are going along with the change, but others are insisting that all SAT scores be reported. While colleges’evaluate students based on official scores received from testing agencies, some application forms ask students to self-report, so admissions offices can have that information while awaiting the official scores. Parts of the Common Application allow applicants to send different information to different colleges, but the test score question is part of the completely shared application. The Common Application’s board has adopted a policy for this year that allows applicants to skip the testing question — without penalty — so they can submit some scores to colleges that permit score choice and all scores to those that do not. Rob Killion, executive director of the Common Application, said that its board plans to spend time over the next year developing a long term solution.


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2 Responses to “‘Score Choice’ and the Common Application”

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How can I find out which colleges allow “score choice” and which ones dont? I’m currently trying to narrow my college lists down, reading blogs and using Acceptedge, so all the advice I can get would be helpful!


Email me at: jeannie@college-connections.com – I can send you some detailed information about which colleges want what with regard to score choice

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