Your SAT scores are a very important part of your application, especially as the applicant pool gets bigger and more competitive every year. So how can you make sure colleges will consider your very best scores?
This article will discuss the colleges that superscore the SAT. After giving you a list of every college that superscores the SAT, I'll talk about how you can use this information strategically as you prepare to apply to college. To start, let's briefly review what "superscoring" means.
Superscoring is the process by which colleges consider your highest section scores across all the dates you took the SAT. Rather than confining your scores to one particular date, these schools will take your highest section scores, forming the highest possible composite score.
On the current SAT, this means taking your highest Math score and your highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score across all test dates.
Maybe you scored a stellar 750 on Math on your first SAT, but your Reading and Writing fell into the low 600s. To improve your EBRW score, you spent a few months prepping and managed to bring your EBRW score up 100 points! To your dismay, though, you focused so much on reading comprehension and grammar that you forgot some of your math skills, and your great math score dropped the second time around.
If your colleges superscore, then you'd have nothing to worry about! They'd take your original 750 in Math and combine it with your new and improved EBRW score. Even though it took you a couple test sittings to achieve, you'd end up with a strong SAT score in all sections of the test for your college applications.
While the superscoring policy is ideal for you as an applicant, it's not entirely an act borne out of generosity. Superscoring can benefit colleges by improving their ranking. By showing that their admitted students average higher SAT scores, their ranking may get higher as well.
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The following colleges superscore the SAT. In addition to their superscoring policies, I included most of their stances on the College Board's Score Choice. Even though these colleges take your highest section scores, many don't want you to use Score Choice to pick and choose which scores they get to see.
If you're taking and sending scores from both the old and new versions, make sure to call up the admissions office of your prospective college and clarify its policy on superscoring and Score Choice. We'll make sure to provide any updates as more information becomes available!
For most schools, you can find their policies toward standardized testing on their admissions website. You can also search for "name of college + PrepScholar" to access our large database of colleges and their admission requirements. Below is the complete list of colleges that superscore the SAT.
Get ready: it's a pretty long list.
Here are all the schools that have a policy of taking your "highest section" scores across test dates to form your highest possible composite score, according to the College Board. Since this list is huge, I recommend using ctrl + F to find any particular schools of interest.
Let me know in the comments if I missed any, and this list will be regularly updated!
|Abilene Christian University||Dunwoody College of Technology||Mid-South Community College||Southern Vermont College|
|Adelphi University||Durham Technical Community College||Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary||Southern Virginia University|
|AIB College of Business||Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion||Millersville University of Pennsylvania||Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing|
|Alamance Community College||East Carolina University||Milligan College||Southwestern Christian University|
|Alaska Bible College||East Los Angeles College||Minnesota State University Moorhead||Southwestern University|
|Albany State University||Eastern Connecticut State University||Misericordia University||Spartanburg College of Aeronautics|
|Albion College||Eastern Illinois University||Mississippi Delta Community College||Spartanburg Methodist College|
|Alfred University New York State College Ceramics||Eastern Kentucky University||Missouri Baptist University||Springfield College|
|Algoma University College||Eastern Maine Community College||Missouri State University Springfield||St John's University Jamaica|
|Allegheny Wesleyan College||Eastern Oregon University||Missouri Western State College||St Joseph's College of Nursing|
|Allen County Community College||Eastern University||Monmouth University||State University of New York College at Brockport|
|Ambrose University College||Edinboro University of Pennsylvania||Monroe College||State University of New York College of Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|American College of the Building Arts||Edison State College||Montana State University||State University of New York Binghamton|
|American International College||EDP College San Sebastian||Montana State University Northern||State University of New York at Albany|
|American Musical and Dramatic Academy||El Centro College||Montana State University Tech Greater Falls||State University of New York at Buffalo|
|American University Rome||Elizabethtown College||Montclair State University||State University of New York at Fredonia|
|American University DC||Elmira College||Moravian College||State University of New York at Geneseo|
|American University of Puerto Rico||Elon University||Morehouse College||State University of New York at New Paltz|
|American University of Sharjah||Emerson College||Mount Allison University||State University of New York at Oneonta|
|Amherst College||Emmanuel College Georgia||Mount Holyoke College||State University of New York at Oswego|
|Anderson University (SC)||Emory University||Mount Mary College||State University of New York at Potsdam|
|Andrew College||Erie Business Center Main Campus||Mount Saint Mary's College||Stephens College|
|Anne Arundel Community College||Erie Business Center South New Castle||Mount Saint Vincent University||Sterling College (KS)|
|Antietam Bible College||Escuela de Artes Plasticas Puerto Rico||Mount Vernon Nazarene University||Stevenson University|
|Aquinas College (TN)||Essex Community College||Muhlenberg College||Stockbridge School|
|Argosy University Twin Cities||European College of Liberal Arts Berlin||Muskingum College||Stonehill College|
|Arizona State University Tempe||Fachhochschule Aachen Abteilung Juelich||Nash Community College||Stony Brook University State University New York|
|Arkansas State University||Fairfield University||National Polytechnic College of Science||Suffolk University|
|Arkansas State University Beebe||Fairhaven Baptist College||National University||Suffolk University Madrid|
|Armstrong Atlantic State University||Fairleigh Dickinson University Vancouver Campus||Nazareth College of Rochester||Sul Ross State University|
|The Art Institute of Ohio Cincinnati||Faith Baptist Bible College||Nebraska Christian College||Swarthmore College|
|Assumption College||Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising||Nebraska Methodist College||Sweet Briar College|
|Atlanta Christian College||Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising San Francisco||Neosho County Community College||Tama University|
|Auburn University—Montgomery||Feather River Community College||New College of Florida||Taylor University Upland Campus|
|Augsburg College||Ferris State University||New England Institute of Technology||Texas Christian University|
|Augustana College South Dakota||Ferrum College||New Jersey Institute of Technology||Texas Tech University|
|Austin College||Fitchburg State University||New River Community College||Texas Womans University|
|Austin Peay State University||Flagler College||New World School of the Arts||Thammasat University|
|Ave Maria University Latin American Campus||Florida Atlantic University||New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts||The King's College|
|Azusa Pacific University||Florida College||New York Institute of Technology||Three Rivers Community College (Poplar Bluff, MO)|
|Babson College||Florida Gulf Coast University||Newberry College||Tomball College|
|Bainbridge College||Florida Institute of Technology||Niagara County Community College||Towson University|
|Baker University||Florida International University||Nichols College||Trenholm State Technical College|
|Baldwin-Wallace College||Florida State University||Nihon University||Trine University|
|Ball State University||Florida Technical College Jacksonville||North Carolina Agricultural Tech State University||Trinity College|
|Baltimore International College||Fordham University||North Carolina Central University||Trinity International University College of Liberia|
|Baptist Bible College and Seminary||Frankford Hospital School of Nursing||North Carolina State University Raleigh||Truett-McConnell College|
|Barbados Community College||Franklin and Marshall College||North Central College||Union Bible College|
|Barclay College||Franklin College||North Dakota State University Fargo||Union College New York|
|Barton College||Franklin Pierce University||North Georgia College and State University||US Air Force Academy|
|Bates College||Free Will Baptist Bible College||Northeastern Technical College||US Coast Guard Academy|
|Baylor University||Frostburg State University||Northeastern University||US Marine Corps Syracuse|
|Beacon University||Furman University||Northern Arizona University||US Military Academy|
|Belhaven College||Gainesville State College||Northern Illinois University||US Naval Academy|
|Bellarmine University||Gannon University||Northern Maine Community College||University of Edinburgh|
|Belmont Abbey College||Gardner-Webb University||Northern Marianas College||University Central Florida|
|Belmont University||George Mason University||Northern Michigan University||University Georgia Athens|
|Beloit College||Georgetown College||Northwest Christian University||University of Alabama Birmingham|
|Bemidji State University||Georgia Institute of Technology||Northwest Missouri State University||University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville|
|Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology||Georgia Perimeter College||Northwest University||University of Arkansas Fayetteville|
|Bentley College||Georgia Southern University||Northwestern Technical College||University of Arkansas Monticello|
|Berea College||Georgia Southwestern State University||Northwestern University||University of Calgary|
|Berks Technical Institute||Gettysburg College||Northwood University Texas||University of Charleston|
|Bethany Lutheran College||God's Bible School and College||Northwestern Polytechnic University||University of Chicago|
|Bethel College Indiana||Gogebic Community College||Oak Valley College||University of Cincinnati|
|Biola University||Goldey-Beacom College||Oakland University||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Bloomfield College||Grayson County College||Oberlin College||University of Connecticut|
|Blue Ridge Community College||Great Basin College||Occidental College||University of Dallas|
|Blue River Community College||Griffith College Dublin||Ocean County College||University of Dayton|
|Bluefield College||Grinnell College||Ogeechee Technical College||University of Delaware|
|Boise State University||Grove City College||Ohio Bible College||University of Findlay|
|Boston College||Guilford Technical Community College||Ohio Business College||University of Florida|
|Boston University||Gwynedd-Mercy College||Ohio Dominican University||University of Hartford|
|Bowdoin College||Hagerstown Community College||Ohio State University Columbus||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Bowie State University||Hamilton College (IA)||Ohio University Athens||University of Houston Main Campus|
|Bowling Green State University||Hamilton College (NY)||Ohio Valley University||University of Idaho|
|Brandeis University||Hampden-Sydney College||Ohio Wesleyan University||University of Illinois Chicago|
|Brevard Community College||Hanover College||Okefenokee Technical College||University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign|
|Brewton-Parker College||Harding University||Oklahoma Panhandle State University||University of Indianapolis|
|Bridgewater State College||Hardin-Simmons University||Olin College of Engineering||University of Iowa|
|Brookdale Community College||Harford Community College||Omore College of Design||University of La Verne|
|Broward Community College Hollywood||Hariri Canadian Academy of Science and Technology||Onondaga Community College||University of Maine Orono|
|Brown University||Harris-Stowe State University||Oral Roberts University||University of Mary Hradin-Baylor|
|Bryan College||Hartwick College||Oregon State University||University of Mary Washington|
|BryanLGH College of Health Sciences||Harvard College||Otero Junior College||University of Maryland Baltimore County|
|Bryant and Stratton Eastlake Campus||Haverford College||Otis College of Art and Design||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Bryant University||Hawaii Pacific University||Otterbein College||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Bryn Athyn College||Heidelberg College||Our Lady of Corpus Christi||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|Bryn Mawr College||Helene Fuld School of Nursing Camden||Oxford College||University of Miami|
|Bucknell University||Henry Ford Community College||Ozark Christian College||University of Michigan Ann Arbor|
|Butler County Community College Kansas||Herbert W Armstrong College||Pacific Union College||University of Michigan Dearborn|
|Butler University||Heriot-Watt University||Paris Junior College||University of Minnesota Crookston|
|Cabarrus College of Health Sciences||Heritage Baptist University||Park University||University of Minnesota Morris|
|California College of the Arts||Heritage Christian University||Parsons Paris School of Design||University of Minnesota Twin Cities|
|California Maritime Academy||Herzing College Orlando||Patrick Henry College||University of Montevallo|
|California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)||Hesston College||Paul Quinn College||University of Nebraska Lincoln|
|California Polytechnic State University Pomona||Hillsdale College||Peabody Conservatory of Music||University of Nevada Las Vegas|
|California State University Bakersfield||Hinds Community College||Penn View Bible Institute||University of New Hampshire Durham|
|California State University Channel Islands||Hodges University||Pennsylvania College of Technology||University of North Carolina Chapel Hill|
|California State University Chico||Hofstra University||Penn State University Park||University of North Carolina Greensboro|
|California State University Dominguez Hills||Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel||Pepperdine University||University of North Carolina Pembroke|
|California State University East Bay||Holmes Community College||Peru State College||University of North Dakota Grand Forks|
|California State University Fresno||Holy Family University||Pfeiffer University||University of North Alabama|
|California State University Fullerton||Horry-Georgetown Technical College||Philadelphia Biblical University||University of North Texas|
|California State University Long Beach||Houghton College||Philadelphia University||University of Northern Iowa|
|California State University Los Angeles||Houston Community College||Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing||University of Notre Dame|
|California State University Mentor||Hudson County Community College||Phoenix College||University of Oregon|
|California State University Monterey Bay||Humboldt State University||Piedmont College||University of Pennsylvania|
|California State University Northridge||Huntington University||Piedmont Community College||University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh|
|California State University Sacramento||Husson University||Piedmont Technical College||University of Pittsburgh Titusville|
|California State University San Bernardino||Illinois College||Pitt Community College||University of Portland|
|California State University San Marcos||Illinois Eastern Community College Frontier||Pittsburg State University||University of Puget Sound|
|California State University Stanislaus||Illinois Eastern Community College Olney||Pitzer College||University of Rhode Island|
|Calvary Baptist College||Illinois Wesleyan University||Platt College Colorado||University of Richmond|
|Calvin College||Indiana State University||Plattsburgh State University||University of Rochester|
|Canadian Mennonite University||Indiana University Bloomington||Plymouth State University||University of Saint Thomas|
|Canisius College||Indiana University East||Post University||University of San Diego|
|Cape Breton University||Indiana University Kokomo||Potomac State College||University of San Francisco|
|Cape Fear Community College||Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts||Presentation College||University of Scranton|
|Cardiac & Vascular Technology||Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne||Prince Georges Community College||University of Sioux Falls|
|Carleton College||Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis||Princeton University||University of South Carolina Aiken|
|Carlow University||Instituto Tec y de Estudios Superior de Monterrey||Purdue University West Lafayette||University of South Carolina Upstate|
|Carroll College Montana||Internationa Christian University Japan||Queens University||University of South Florida|
|Carroll University||International School University of Haifa||Ramapo College of New Jersey||University of Southern California|
|Carson-Newman College||International University in Germany||Randolph-Macon College||University of Southern Maine|
|Carthage College||Inver Hills Community College||Raphael Recanati International School||University of Tampa|
|Case Western Reserve University||Iona College||Rasmussen Business College Eagan||University of Tennessee Knoxville|
|Casper College||Iowa Lakes Community College||Redlands Community College||University of Texas Arlington|
|Catawba Valley Community College||Island Drafting and Technical Institute||Reed College||University of the Arts|
|Catholic University of America||Ithaca College||Regent University||University of the Cumberlands|
|Cathy McMorris||ITT Technical Institute Tucson||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||University of the Incarnate Word|
|Cayuga County Community College||Ivy Tech Community College Evansville||Rets College||University of the Ozarks|
|Cedar Crest College||Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette||Rhode Island College||University of the Southwest|
|Cedarville University||Jacksonville College||Rhodes College||University of Toledo|
|Center for American Education||James Madison University||Rich Mountain Community College||University of Tulsa|
|Central Alabama Community College Alexander City||JNA Institute of Culinary Arts||Richard Bland College||University of Utah|
|Central Alabama Community College Childersburg||John Carroll University||Richmond Community College||University of Vermont|
|Central Carolina Technical College||John Paul the Great Catholic University||Ripon College||University of Virginia|
|Central Connecticut State University||Johns Hopkins University||Rochester College||University of Virginia's College at Wise|
|Central Wyoming College||Johnson C Smith University||Rochester Institute of Technology||University of Washington Bothell|
|Centre College||Johnson College||Rock Valley College||University of Windsor|
|Charleston Southern University||Jones College||Rockingham Community College||University of Wisconsin Eau Claire|
|Chattahoochee Valley Community College||Kalamazoo College||Rocky Mountain College||University of Wisconsin Fond Du Lac|
|Chippewa Valley Technical College||Kansas University||Roger Williams University||University of Wisconsin Green Bay|
|Christendom College||Keene State College||Rollins College Winter Park||University of Wisconsin Madison|
|Christopher Newport University||Keiser College Kendall||Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology||University of Wisconsin Marshfield|
|Chukalongkorn BBA||Kenai Peninsula College||Rosemont College||University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh|
|City Vision College||Kennesaw State University||Rowan University||University of Wisconsin Stevens Point|
|Claremont McKenna College||Kent State University||Rutgers University||University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie|
|Clarendon College||Kentucky Wesleyan College||Sage College Albany||University of Wisconsin Whitewater|
|Clark University||Kenyon College||Saginaw Valley State University||University Tokyo PEAK|
|Clarkson University||Keuka College||Saint Andrews Presbyterian College||University of Wisconsin Colleges|
|Clearwater Christian College||King College||Saint Anselm College||University of Wisconsin Richland Center|
|Clemson University||Kings College Pennsylvania||Saint Bonaventure University||University of Wyoming|
|Coastal Carolina University||Kings University College||Saint Charles Community College||Ursinus College|
|Coe College||Knox College||Saint Clares||Ursuline College|
|Cogswell Polytechnical College||Kutztown University of Pennsylvania||Saint Cloud State University||Valdosta State University|
|Coker College||Kuyper College||Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing||Valley College of Technology|
|Colby College||Kwansei Gakuin University||Saint John Fisher College||Valparaiso University|
|College of Charleston||La Salle University||Saint John Vianney College and Seminary||Vance-Granville Community College|
|College of Coastal Georgia||Lafayette College||Saint Johns River Community College||Vanderbilt University|
|College of Eastern Utah||LaGrange College||Saint Johns University Staten Island||Vassar College|
|College of Mount Saint Joseph||Lake Area Technical Institute||Saint Joseph's College||Vesalius College|
|College of Mount Saint Vincent||Lake Forest College||Saint Joseph's College ME||Villanova University|
|College of New Rochelle||Lake Superior State University||Saint Joseph's College Patchogue||Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University (Virginia Tech)|
|College of Office Technology||Lakeland College||Saint Joseph's University||Waldorf College|
|College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University||Lancaster Bible College||Saint Lawrence University||Walla Walla University|
|College of Saint Mary||Landmark Baptist College||Saint Leo University||Warner Pacific College|
|College of Saint Scholastica||Latter Day Saints Business College||Saint Louis College of Pharmacy||Warren County Community College|
|College of Santa Fe||Lehigh University||Saint Louis University Madrid Campus||Wartburg College|
|College of Southern Maryland||Lenoir Community College||Saint Margaret School of Nursing||Washington and Jefferson College|
|College of Southern Nevada||Lenoir-Rhyne University||Saint Martin's University||Washington and Lee University|
|College of the Atlantic||Lesley University||Saint Mary's College (IN)||Washington Bible College|
|College of the Mainland||Lester L Cox College of Nursing and Health Science||Saint Mary's College (MD)||Washington Hospital School of Nursing|
|College of the Ozarks||Lewis-Clark State College||Saint Mary's Seminary and University||Washington University|
|College of Westchester||Lexington College||Saint Mary's University of Minnesota||Watkins College of Art and Design|
|College of William and Mary||Liberty University||Saint Mary's University Texas||Waukesha County Technical College|
|College of Wooster||Lincoln College||Saint Michael's College Vermont||Wayne State University|
|Colorado Christian University||Lincoln Technical Institute Allentown||Saint Olaf College||Waynesburg University|
|Colorado College||Lincoln Technical Institute Columbia||Saint Peter's College||Weatherford College|
|Colorado State University Ft Collins||Living University||Saint Thomas Aquinas College||Webb Institute|
|Columbia Union College||Lon Morris College||Saint Thomas University||Webber International University|
|Columbia University||Lone Star College System||Saint Vincent College||Weber State University|
|Columbia-Greene Community College||Longy School of Music of Bard College||Salem State College||Wellesley College|
|Community and Technical College West Virginia University||Louisburg College||Salisbury University||Wentworth Institute of Technology|
|Community Christian College||Louisiana State University Baton Rouge||Salve Regina University||Wesleyan University|
|Concordia College||Louisiana Tech University||Sam Houston State University||West Chester University of Pennsylvania|
|Concordia College New York||Louisville Technical Institute||San Diego State University||West Shore Community College|
|Concordia University (Ann Arbor, MI)||Loyola Marymount University||San Francisco Art Institute||West Virginia University Hospitals Radiologic Tech|
|Concordia University Wisconsin||Lubbock Christian University||San Francisco State University||West Virginia University Morgantown|
|Contra Costa College||Luther College||San Jose State University||Western Career College Stockton|
|Cornell University||Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts||Sandhills Community College||Western Carolina University|
|Cottey College||Lynchburg College||Santa Clara University||Western International University-Online|
|County College of Morris||Lyon College||Santa Fe Community College||Western Michigan University|
|Craven Community College||Manatee Community College||Savannah College of Art and Design||Western Nevada Community College|
|Creighton University||Manhattan School of Music||SBS Swiss Business School||Western New England College|
|Crossroads College||Mansfield University of Pennsylvania||Schuylkill Health School of Nursing||Western Washington University|
|Crown College (TN)||Marian College||Seattle Pacific University||Westfield State College|
|Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions||Marist College||Seattle University||Westminster College Pennsylvania|
|Dartmouth College||Marlboro College||Sewickley Valley Hospital||Westwood College--DuPage|
|Darton College||Marquette University||Shawnee State University||Wheelock College|
|Davidson College||Marshall Community Technical College||Simmons College||Whitman College|
|Davidson County Community College||Marshall University||Sinclair Community College||Widener University|
|Dawson Community College||Mary Baldwin College||Singapore Polytechnic||Willamette University|
|Daytona State College||Maryland Institute College of Art||Skidmore College||William Jessup University|
|Delta State University||Marymount Manhattan College||Smith College||William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|Denver Academy of Court Reporting||Maryville University Saint Louis||Somerset Christian College||William Penn University|
|DePauw University||Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health||Somerset Community College||William Woods University|
|DeSales University||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||Sonoma State University||Williams College|
|DeVry University||Master's College and Seminary||South Carolina State University||Wilson College|
|DeVry University Alpharetta||Matanuska-Susitna Community College||South Piedmont Community College||Wilson Community College|
|DeVry University CA||Mayo School of Health Sciences||Southeast Technical Institute||Winthrop University|
|DeVry University Centers||McNally Smith College of Music||Southeastern Bible College||Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College|
|DeVry University Houston||MedCentral College of Nursing||Southeastern Free Will Baptist College||Wofford College|
|DeVry University Long Beach CA||Mercy College Dobbs Ferry||Southeastern Oklahoma State University||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|DeVry University Missouri||Mercy School of Nursing (PA)||Southeastern Technical College||Worcester State College|
|DeVry University Texas||Mercy School of Nursing (NC)||Southern Arkansas University Tech Branch||Word of Life Bible Institute|
|Dickinson College||Mercyhurst College||Southern California Institute of Architecture||Wright State University Dayton|
|Digipen Institute of Technology||Messenger College||Southern Catholic College||Xavier University|
|Divine Word College||Messiah College||Southern Connecticut State University||Xavier University Louisiana|
|Dominican College of Blauvelt||Miami Dade College||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville||Yellowstone Baptist College|
|Dominican University of California||Miami University||Southern Methodist University||York College of Pennsylvania|
|Dowling College||Middle Georgia College||Southern New Hampshire University||York St John|
|Drake University||Middle Tennessee State University||Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College||York Technical College|
|Drexel University||Middlebury College||Southern Utah University||Young Harris College|
|Duke University||Midreshet Lindenbaum|
Since policies can change or be unclear, definitely write to or call up the school you're interested in to ensure you understand how they consider SAT scores during the admission process.
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Now that you know which schools superscore the SAT, what can you do with this information?
Superscoring can benefit you after you apply to colleges, but it can also be a helpful strategy as you take the SAT. If you're applying to schools that superscore, you yourself can superscore, in a sense, when you're taking the SAT.
What I mean by this is that you can concentrate on building up your highest composite score across test dates rather than trying to achieve it on a single test date. You could prep intensively for one section each time you take the SAT.
Of course, this method was a bit more helpful for takers of the old SAT, which had three separate section scores out of 800. The new SAT will combine your Reading and Writing scores, so you'll essentially only have two section scores to "superscore." However, the concept of building up your highest composite score against two or more test dates still applies.
How can you use this strategy and become an SAT super-scorer yourself? Read on to find out.
If you use this strategy, then you should start taking the SAT early, perhaps in the spring of your sophomore year or the fall of your junior year, so that you have enough test dates to build up your superscore.
If you're one of those students caught in the transition between the old and new SAT, then unfortunately this strategy might not be available to you. If you're retaking the SAT with the new version, then you'll probably have to treat it as its own separate set of scores. And if all the changes get just too confusing, you could always take the ACT! There are a bunch of colleges that superscore the ACT, too.
Unless a college explicitly discourages it, don't worry about taking the SAT too many times, as long as you don't exceed five or six tests—getting a higher score helps your application a lot more than taking it one too many times hurts it. Plus, unless you're caught between SAT versions, you don't have to feel anxious about the possibility of retaking the test and getting a lower score than you did previously (unlikely as this is).
At the same time, remember—everything in moderation. Even if schools superscore, college admissions officers are still people who might get thrown off if they see huge variations in your scores, especially compared to all of the other candidates. So don't just skip your Math section completely!
In conclusion, you should give your best effort on any SAT you take while also being strategic about building your highest superscore section by section. If you're researching school policies on superscoring and Score Choice, then you're already doing the most important thing: being thoughtful and intentional about every aspect of your college application to put forward your strongest candidacy.
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