In preparation for next semester, Part 2 (sent 12/16/19)
You all received a Part 1 email from me about standardized testing last week but since this is such a big topic, I am sending even more testing information. Please make sure to read both emails thoroughly and click on all links to learn more.
Nearly all colleges require you to send at least one SAT or ACT score as part of your application for admission. Colleges differ, however, on how they handle students with multiple sets of scores. Some colleges require you to send in your entire testing record and other colleges do not. Some are even allowing students to self-report scores so students do not need to pay money to have official scores sent until they decide to matriculate. Click here to find that list.
Colleges have the final say over what scores applicants should submit and how those scores will be used. Students should carefully review the score-reporting policy of each college where they plan to apply. For example, do any of the schools you are interested in superscore (mixing and matching individual sub-scores from different test dates to come up with a higher total score)? You should be able to find out each school's requirements on their website.
For the SAT:
- At the time of registration or up to nine days after the test, you can add up to four colleges/universities/programs to receive your scores for free. After that, College Board will charge you to send your scores to colleges.
- Remember to register for the SAT with Essay each time you take this exam.
- If you think you may qualify for a fee waiver, see me before you register for an official exam.
- UCs ask applicants to send all test scores but will only look at your highest sitting for admission purposes.
- Since UCs share scores, send your scores to one campus instead of paying to send it to each UC campus.
- The California State University (CSU) system also wants to receive all of your test scores and will superscore. If you plan to apply to multiple CSUs, use Cal State Apply code 3594 to send scores to the Cal State Apply Processing Center in Long Beach so your scores will be shared among campuses. You enter this code in the window where it allows you to look up specific colleges to receive your score when logged in to your College Board account. You can pick more search options and then put 3594 inside the box and hit search.
For the ACT:
- At the time of registration or until noon on the Thursday after your exam, you can add up to four colleges/universities/programs to receive your scores for free. After that, ACT charges to send your scores.
- Remember to register for the ACT with Writing each time you take this exam.
- The UCs will focus on the highest combined score from the same test administration. Arrange to have your ACT scores sent to one UC campus and they will be shared among campuses.
- Send your ACT scores to one of the CSUs you'll apply to and they will be shared.
- See me before you register for the ACT with Writing if you think you may qualify for a fee waiver.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Best of luck on your finals and Happy Holidays!
College & Career Specialist
Sir Francis Drake High School
(415) 458-3481 - direct line