If you retake the SAT, how do colleges look at your scores?
Charlotte M. Klaar, Ph.D.
Klaar College Consulting LLC
Most colleges will Superscore the SAT, which means they will take the highest of all the scores you submit. For example: You take the SAT in March and get a Critical Reading (CR) score of 550, Math (M) score of 650, and Writing (WR) score of 540. You then take it in May and get CR600, M620, and WR550. You take it again in October and get CR620, M590, and WR510. The Superscore would be CR620, M650, WR550; it is this set of scores colleges should use for placement.
Universities will handle your test scores differently, each depending upon its own policies. Some schools will average scores while others will only look at your highest overall score. Many schools will take your highest score on each of the three sections and combine the three scores to make one “super score.” Because there are several ways that schools look at SAT scores, be sure to contact the admission office at each of the schools to which you are applying.
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