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Which Colleges Superscore the SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Aug 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

SAT Strategies, College Admissions

 

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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 talk about colleges that superscore the SAT. After the list, 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.

 

What Is an SAT Superscore?

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.

Before getting into the full list of colleges that superscore, there's another important consideration for current high school students. With the switch to the new SAT in 2016, how were colleges' superscoring policies affected?

 

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For the most part, colleges agree that superscoring across the old and new versions of the SAT wouldn't make sense.

 

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What Do Colleges Say About the New and Old SAT?

Because the redesigned SAT replaced the old version back in March 2016, most colleges have now caught up to these changes in terms of their test requirements and superscoring policies and only accept new SAT scores. That said, some colleges may still accept scores from the old SAT as well up through the class of 2018.

Although schools' policies toward the two versions of the SAT vary, the majority of colleges agree on one policy: they won't superscore between the old SAT and new SAT. Since the two tests use completely different scoring systems—the old one is out of 2400, and the new one is out of 1600—it makes sense that most colleges won't superscore across test versions.

There are a few exceptions, however, that "cross superscore." These include Brigham Young University, Duke, Howard University, and Penn State (most of which will superscore up through the class of 2018—after that, they'll only accept new SAT scores and superscore those).

Plenty of other schools, though, such as Northwestern, Columbia, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, and Vanderbilt, do not superscore between the old and new tests. At this point, it seems that most colleges will maintain their superscoring policies—if they superscored the old SAT, then they will superscore the new SAT.

However, they probably won't superscore scores from both versions of the SAT. If you were caught in the transition between tests, keep this in mind as you choose your SAT dates and, if you have the choice, which score reports to send with your applications.

Now that we've gone over superscoring and colleges' response to the redesigned SAT, let's look at the policies of some of the most popular and/or selective schools in the country.

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Let's take a closer look at what colleges have to say about superscoring the SAT.

 

Popular Colleges that Superscore the SAT

The following colleges superscore the old SAT, and it seems that they will maintain this policy for the new SAT, too. 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!

School

Official Statement

Admissions Site

Boston College

If you have taken the SAT more than once, Boston College will take the highest individual section scores from each date and combine those scores.

BC Admissions

Boston University

Boston University will allow students to choose [the College Board's Score Choice]; however, we strongly recommend students submit their scores each time they take the SAT. BU has always considered a student’s highest SAT section scores in making admissions decisions and will continue to do so.

BU Admissions

Brown

We automatically focus on your highest test scores and therefore Score Choice is a bit redundant.

Brown Admissions

Columbia

Applicants may select the Score Choice option for the SAT ... When evaluating applicants, we consider the highest testing results reported from individual sections of the SAT ... We are always seeking to give students the greatest opportunity to showcase their academic talents and hoping to make the testing experience as stress-free as possible. We encourage applicants to take these examinations no more than twice, but we do not penalize applicants for exceeding that recommendation.

Columbia Admissions

Duke

Students who have taken multiple tests may choose which scores to send to Duke. For students who elect to send multiple test scores Duke will use whichever score is highest.

Duke Admissions

Georgetown

Georgetown University does not participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board. Georgetown requires that you submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT ... If an applicant takes the SAT more than once, the admissions committees will consider the highest critical reading score and the highest math score from multiple test sessions when reviewing the application.

Georgetown Admissions

Georgia Institute of Technology

We super score within the same test, using your highest section scores from any test date. Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores. We evaluate all your sub-section scores, not just the sum or composite.

Georgia Tech Admissions

Harvard

You are free to use the College Board Score Choice option.

Harvard Admissions

Johns Hopkins

We'll considers your highest section scores across all SATs taken—even if they were on different test dates—in our evaluation of your application. We therefore encourage you to update your application with new test scores each time you take the SATs.

Hopkins Admissions

MIT

If you take [the SAT] multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section. This superscoring also applies to students who submit scores from both the "old" and "new" SAT. We do this in order to consider all applicants in their best light. Students are free to use the College Board's Score Choice option ... to submit the scores of your choice as well.

MIT Admissions

New York University

If you’ve taken the SAT more than once, you can select which results you want to send to us using Score Choice. We will review the highest SAT scores you submit, regardless of test dates. This practice is commonly known as the “superscore.” If you submit scores from the old and new versions of the SAT, however, we will not create a new “superscore” as the old SAT is a different test from the new SAT.

NYU Admissions

Notre Dame

If you submit multiple SAT scores, we will superscore the tests for our evaluation. This means we will use your highest individual SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sub-scores from multiple testing dates to compute your composite score.

Notre Dame Admissions

Princeton

We allow applicants to use the score choice feature of ... the SAT ... but we encourage the submission of all test scores.

Princeton Admissions

Stanford

Stanford is an "all scores" school, which means you must report all scores from all high school sittings of [the SAT] ... For the SAT, we will focus on the highest individual Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and Essay scores from all test sittings. For SAT exams taken prior to March 2016, we will focus on the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores. Because we are not able to superscore across the two exams, we will superscore results within the old and new SAT exams separately.

Stanford Admissions

University of Chicago

We recommend you send us all of your test scores. Only your best testing results (highest sub-scores AND/OR best result of the 2 testing options—SAT vs ACT) will be included/used in your admission review. Lower testing will not be included in your final/official application so it cannot count against you.

U Chicago Admissions

University of Connecticut

We will combine the highest scores from each subsection of an exam to create the best overall score (within same exam formats) for exams taken more than once.

U Conn Admissions

University of Miami

If you take the test more than once, please ensure that the testing agency sends all of your scores so that we have your best performance on record. The Admission Committee will consider all official test scores from multiple test dates. We will use the highest composite score from among each test that you’ve taken.

U Miami Admissions

University of North Carolina

If you send us scores from multiple test dates, we’ll take your highest score for each section of the test and consider those scores as we evaluate your application. If you send us both an SAT and an ACT, we’ll look at whichever is higher.

UNC Admissions

University of Southern California

For students who take the SAT more than once, USC records the highest scores for each section—even if achieved in different sittings—but will not combine section scores from the old SAT (prior to March 2016) and the redesigned SAT.

USC Admissions

University of Virginia

It has been the Office of Admission’s long-standing policy to consider the best test scores submitted by applicants. When reviewing SAT scores, we use the top score from each section across all administrations of the exam. Scores from the previous version of the SAT and the current SAT will not be combined ... We hope you will submit all of your scores knowing that we will recombine the sections to get the best possible set of scores.

UVA Admissions

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt strongly encourages students to submit scores each time they take the SAT. Vanderbilt will super-score among Old SAT tests and among New SAT tests, but will not super-score between the Old SAT and the New SAT. Only the highest section scores for either the Old SAT or the New SAT will be considered as part of the admissions review process. Each time SAT scores are submitted, the student's record is updated with the new high section scores.

Vanderbilt Admissions

Villanova

Candidates are asked to submit their scores from each sitting of the SAT ... understanding that the Admission Committee will superscore the highest Evidence-based Reading and Writing scores and Math scores from the SAT.

Villanova Admissions

Virginia Tech

At Virginia Tech, we superscore across test dates AND across exams—meaning we’ll look at your highest Math and English subscores and even combine scores from the SAT and ACT. For example, the Committee could consider your SAT Math and ACT English subscores when reviewing his/her application.

Virginia Tech Admissions

Yale

When assessing SAT results, admissions officers will focus on your highest individual old or new scores from all test dates. For example, if you took the old SAT twice, your highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores will be considered individually. If you took the new SAT twice, your highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math and Essay scores will be considered individually. If you took both types of SAT, the admissions office will treat them separately and review the best scores on each test.

Yale Admissions

 

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.

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Get ready: it's a pretty long list.

 

Complete List of Colleges That Superscore the SAT

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 I'll keep updating as colleges release their policies for the new SAT! 

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

Faulkner University

Ner Israel Rabbinical College

Tarleton University System Center Central Texas

Augsburg College

Feather River Community College

New College of Florida

Taylor University Upland Campus

Augustana College South Dakota

Ferris State University

New England Institute of Technology

Texas Christian University

Austin College

Ferrum College

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Texas Tech University

Austin Peay State University

Fitchburg State University

New River Community College

Texas Womans University

Ave Maria University Latin American Campus

Flagler College

New World School of the Arts

Thammasat University

Azusa Pacific University

Florida Atlantic University

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

The King’s College

Babson College

Florida College

New York Institute of Technology

Three Rivers Community College (Poplar Bluff, MO)

Bainbridge College

Florida Gulf Coast University

Newberry College

Tomball College

Baker University

Florida Institute of Technology

Niagara County Community College

Towson University

Baldwin-Wallace College

Florida International University

Nichols College

Trenholm State Technical College

Ball State University

Florida State University

Nihon University

Trine University

Baltimore International College

Florida Technical College Jacksonville

North Carolina Agricultural Tech State University

Trinity College

Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Fordham University

North Carolina Central University

Trinity International University College of Liberia

Barbados Community College

Frankford Hospital School of Nursing

North Carolina State University Raleigh

Truett-McConnell College

Barclay College

Franklin and Marshall College

North Central College

Union Bible College

Barton College

Franklin College

North Dakota State University Fargo

Union College New York

Bates College

Franklin Pierce University

North Georgia College and State University

US Air Force Academy

Baylor University

Free Will Baptist Bible College

Northeastern Technical College

US Coast Guard Academy

Beacon University

Frostburg State University

Northeastern University

US Marine Corps Syracuse

Belhaven College

Furman University

Northern Arizona University

US Military Academy

Bellarmine University

Gainesville State College

Northern Illinois University

US Naval Academy

Belmont Abbey College

Gannon University

Northern Maine Community College

University of Edinburgh

Belmont University

Gardner-Webb University

Northern Marianas College

University Central Florida

Beloit College

George Mason University

Northern Michigan University

University Georgia Athens

Bemidji State University

Georgetown College

Northwest Christian University

University of Alabama Birmingham

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

Northwest Missouri State University

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville

Bentley College

Georgia Perimeter College

Northwest University

University of Arkansas Fayetteville

Berea College

Georgia Southern University

Northwestern Technical College

University of Arkansas Monticello

Berks Technical Institute

Georgia Southwestern State University

Northwestern University

University of Calgary

Bethany Lutheran College

Gettysburg College

Northwood University Texas

University of Charleston

Bethel College Indiana

God’s Bible School and College

Northwestern Polytechnic University

University of Chicago

Biola University

Gogebic Community College

Oak Valley College

University of Cincinnati

Bloomfield College

Goldey-Beacom College

Oakland University

University of Colorado Boulder

Blue Ridge Community College

Grayson County College

Oberlin College

University of Connecticut

Blue River Community College

Great Basin College

Occidental College

University of Dallas

Bluefield College

Griffith College Dublin

Ocean County College

University of Dayton

Boise State University

Grinnell College

Ogeechee Technical College

University of Delaware

Boston College

Grove City College

Ohio Bible College

University of Findlay

Boston University

Guilford Technical Community College

Ohio Business College

University of Florida

Bowdoin College

Gwynedd-Mercy College

Ohio Dominican University

University of Hartford

Bowie State University

Hagerstown Community College

Ohio State University Columbus

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Bowling Green State University

Hamilton College (IA)

Ohio University Athens

University of Houston Main Campus

Brandeis University

Hamilton College (NY)

Ohio Valley University

University of Idaho

Brevard Community College

Hampden-Sydney College

Ohio Wesleyan University

University of Illinois Chicago

Brewton-Parker College

Hanover College

Okefenokee Technical College

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bridgewater State College

Harding University

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

University of Indianapolis

Brookdale Community College

Hardin-Simmons University

Olin College of Engineering

University of Iowa

Broward Community College Hollywood

Harford Community College

Omore College of Design

University of La Verne

Brown University

Hariri Canadian Academy of Science and Technology

Onondaga Community College

University of Maine Orono

Bryan College

Harris-Stowe State University

Oral Roberts University

University of Mary Hradin-Baylor

BryanLGH College of Health Sciences

Hartwick College

Oregon State University

University of Mary Washington

Bryant and Stratton Eastlake Campus

Harvard College

Otero Junior College

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Bryant University

Haverford College

Otis College of Art and Design

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bryn Athyn College

Hawaii Pacific University

Otterbein College

University of Massachusetts Boston

Bryn Mawr College

Heidelberg College

Our Lady of Corpus Christi

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Bucknell University

Helene Fuld School of Nursing Camden

Oxford College

University of Miami

Butler County Community College Kansas

Henry Ford Community College

Ozark Christian College

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Butler University

Herbert W Armstrong College

Pacific Union College

University of Michigan Dearborn

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Heriot-Watt University

Paris Junior College

University of Minnesota Crookston

California College of the Arts

Heritage Baptist University

Park University

University of Minnesota Morris

California Maritime Academy

Heritage Christian University

Parsons Paris School of Design

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (CalPoly)

Herzing College Orlando

Patrick Henry College

University of Montevallo

California Polytechnic State University Pomona

Hesston College

Paul Quinn College

University of Nebraska Lincoln

California State University Bakersfield

Hillsdale College

Peabody Conservatory of Music

University of Nevada Las Vegas

California State University Channel Islands

Hinds Community College

Penn View Bible Institute

University of New Hampshire Durham

California State University Chico

Hodges University

Pennsylvania College of Technology

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

California State University Dominguez Hills

Hofstra University

Penn State University Park

University of North Carolina Greensboro

California State University East Bay

Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel

Pepperdine University

University of North Carolina Pembroke

California State University Fresno

Holmes Community College

Peru State College

University of North Dakota Grand Forks

California State University Fullerton

Holy Family University

Pfeiffer University

University of North Texas

California State University Long Beach

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Philadelphia Biblical University

University of Northern Iowa

California State University Los Angeles

Houghton College

Philadelphia University

University of Notre Dame

California State University Mentor

Houston Community College

Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing

University of Oregon

California State University Monterey Bay

Hudson County Community College

Phoenix College

University of Pittsburgh Greensburg

California State University Northridge

Humboldt State University

Piedmont College

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh

California State University Sacramento

Huntington University

Piedmont Community College

University of Pittsburgh Titusville

California State University San Bernardino

Husson University

Piedmont Technical College

University of Portland

California State University San Marcos

Illinois College

Pitt Community College

University of Prince Edward Island

California State University Stanislaus

Illinois Eastern Community College Frontier

Pittsburg State University

University of Puget Sound

Calvary Baptist College

Illinois Eastern Community College Olney

Pitzer College

University of Rhode Island

Calvin College

Illinois Wesleyan University

Platt College Colorado

University of Richmond

Canadian Mennonite University

Indiana State University

Plattsburgh State University

University of Rochester

Canisius College

Indiana University Bloomington

Plymouth State University

University of Saint Thomas

Cape Breton University

Indiana University East

Post University

University of San Diego

Cape Fear Community College

Indiana University Kokomo

Potomac State College

University of San Francisco

Cardiac & Vascular Technology

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Academy of Culinary Arts

Presentation College

University of Scranton

Carleton College

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Prince Georges Community College

University of Sioux Falls

Carlow University

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Princeton University

University of South Carolina Aiken

Carroll College Montana

Instituto Tec y de Estudios Superior de Monterrey

Purdue University West Lafayette

University of South Carolina Upstate

Carroll University

Internationa Christian University Japan

Queens University

University of South Florida

Carson-Newman College

International School University of Haifa

Ramapo College of New Jersey

University of Southern California

Carthage College

International University in Germany

Randolph-Macon College

University of Southern Maine

Case Western Reserve University

Inver Hills Community College

Raphael Recanati International School

University of Tampa

Casper College

Iona College

Rasmussen Business College Eagan

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Catawba Valley Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College

Redlands Community College

University of Texas Arlington

Catholic University of America

Island Drafting and Technical Institute

Reed College

University of the Arts

Cathy McMorris

Ithaca College

Regent University

University of the Cumberlands

Cayuga County Community College

ITT Technical Institute Tucson

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

University of the Incarnate Word

Cedar Crest College

Ivy Tech Community College Evansville

Rets College

University of the Ozarks

Cedarville University

Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette

Rhode Island College

University of the Southwest

Center for American Education

Jacksonville College

Rhodes College

University of Toledo

Central Alabama Community College Alexander City

James Madison University

Rich Mountain Community College

University of Tulsa

Central Alabama Community College Childersburg

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

Richard Bland College

University of Utah

Central Carolina Technical College

John Carroll University

Richmond Community College

University of Vermont

Central Connecticut State University

John Paul the Great Catholic University

Ripon College

University of Virginia

Central Wyoming College

Johns Hopkins University

Rochester College

University of Virginia's College at Wise

Centre College

Johnson C Smith University

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of Washington Bothell

Charleston Southern University

Johnson College

Rock Valley College

University of Windsor

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

Jones College

Rockingham Community College

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Chippewa Valley Technical College

Kalamazoo College

Rocky Mountain College

University of Wisconsin Fond Du Lac

Christendom College

Keene State College

Roger Williams University

University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Christopher Newport University

Keiser College Kendall

Rollins College Winter Park

University of Wisconsin Madison

Chukalongkorn BBA

Kenai Peninsula College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

University of Wisconsin Marshfield

City Vision College

Kennesaw State University

Rosemont College

University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh

Claremont McKenna College

Kent State University

Rowan University

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Clarendon College

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Rutgers University

University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie

Clark University

Kenyon College

Sage College Albany

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Clarkson University

Keuka College

Saginaw Valley State University

University Tokyo PEAK

Clearwater Christian College

King College

Saint Andrews Presbyterian College

University of Wisconsin Colleges

Clemson University

Kings College Pennsylvania

Saint Anselm College

University of Wisconsin Richland Center

Coastal Carolina University

Kings University College

Saint Bonaventure University

University of Wyoming

Coe College

Knox College

Saint Charles Community College

Ursinus College

Cogswell Polytechnical College

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Saint Clares

Ursuline College

Coker College

Kuyper College

Saint Cloud State University

Valdosta State University

Colby College

Kwansei Gakuin University

Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing

Valley College of Technology

College of Charleston

La Salle University

Saint John Fisher College

Valparaiso University

College of Coastal Georgia

Lafayette College

Saint John Vianney College and Seminary

Vance-Granville Community College

College of Eastern Utah

LaGrange College

Saint Johns River Community College

Vanderbilt University

College of Mount Saint Joseph

Lake Area Technical Institute

Saint Johns University Staten Island

Vassar College

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Lake Forest College

Saint Joseph's College

Vesalius College

College of New Rochelle

Lake Superior State University

Saint Joseph’s College ME

Villanova University

College of Office Technology

Lakeland College

Saint Joseph’s College Patchogue

Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University (Virginia Tech)

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Lancaster Bible College

Saint Joseph’s University

Waldorf College

College of Saint Mary

Landmark Baptist College

Saint Lawrence University

Walla Walla University

College of Saint Scholastica

Latter Day Saints Business College

Saint Leo University

Warner Pacific College

College of Santa Fe

Lehigh University

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy

Warren County Community College

College of Southern Maryland

Lenoir Community College

Saint Louis University Madrid Campus

Wartburg College

College of Southern Nevada

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Saint Margaret School of Nursing

Washington and Jefferson College

College of the Atlantic

Lesley University

Saint Martin's University

Washington and Lee University

College of the Mainland

Lester L Cox College of Nursing and Health Science

Saint Mary’s College (IN)

Washington Bible College

College of the Ozarks

Lewis-Clark State College

Saint Mary’s College (MD)

Washington Hospital School of Nursing

College of Westchester

Lexington College

Saint Mary's Seminary and University

Washington University

College of William and Mary

Liberty University

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Watkins College of Art and Design

College of Wooster

Lincoln College

Saint Mary’s University Texas

Waukesha County Technical College

Colorado Christian University

Lincoln Technical Institute Allentown

Saint Michael's College Vermont

Wayne State University

Colorado College

Lincoln Technical Institute Columbia

Saint Olaf College

Waynesburg University

Colorado State University Ft Collins

Living University

Saint Peter's College

Weatherford College

Columbia Union College

Lon Morris College

Saint Thomas Aquinas College

Webb Institute

Columbia University

Lone Star College System

Saint Thomas University

Webber International University

Columbia-Greene Community College

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Saint Vincent College

Weber State University

Community and Technical College West Virginia University

Louisburg College

Salem State College

Wellesley College

Community Christian College

Louisiana State University Baton Rouge

Salisbury University

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Concordia College

Louisiana Tech University

Salve Regina University

Wesleyan University

Concordia College New York

Louisville Technical Institute

Sam Houston State University

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Concordia University (Ann Arbor, MI)

Loyola Marymount University

San Diego State University

West Shore Community College

Concordia University Wisconsin

Lubbock Christian University

San Francisco Art Institute

West Virginia University Hospitals Radiologic Tech

Contra Costa College

Luther College

San Francisco State University

West Virginia University Morgantown

Corcoran College of Art

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

San Jose State University

Western Career College Stockton

Cottey College

Lynchburg College

Sandhills Community College

Western Carolina University

County College of Morris

Lyon College

Santa Clara University

Western International University-Online

Craven Community College

Manatee Community College

Santa Fe Community College

Western Michigan University

Creighton University

Manhattan School of Music

Savannah College of Art and Design

Western Nevada Community College

Crossroads College

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

SBS Swiss Business School

Western New England College

Crown College (TN)

Marian College

Schuylkill Health School of Nursing

Western Washington University

Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions

Marist College

Seattle Pacific University

Westfield State College

Dartmouth College

Marlboro College

Seattle University

Westminster College Pennsylvania

Darton College

Marquette University

Sewickley Valley Hospital

Westwood College--DuPage

Davidson College

Marshall Community Technical College

Shawnee State University

Wheelock College

Davidson County Community College

Marshall University

Simmons College

Whitman College

Dawson Community College

Mary Baldwin College

Sinclair Community College

Widener University

Daytona State College

Maryland Institute College of Art

Singapore Polytechnic

Willamette University

Delta State University

Marymount Manhattan College

Skidmore College

William Jessup University

Denver Academy of Court Reporting

Maryville University Saint Louis

Smith College

William Paterson University of New Jersey

DePauw University

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health

Somerset Christian College

William Penn University

DeSales University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Somerset Community College

William Woods University

DeVry University

Master's College and Seminary

Sonoma State University

Williams College

DeVry University Alpharetta

Matanuska-Susitna Community College

South Carolina State University

Wilson College

DeVry University CA

Mayo School of Health Sciences

South Piedmont Community College

Wilson Community College

DeVry University Centers

McNally Smith College of Music

Southeast Technical Institute

Winthrop University

DeVry University Houston

MedCentral College of Nursing

Southeastern Bible College

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

DeVry University Long Beach CA

Mercy College Dobbs Ferry

Southeastern Free Will Baptist College

Wofford College

DeVry University Missouri

Mercy School of Nursing (PA)

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

DeVry University Texas

Mercy School of Nursing (NC)

Southeastern Technical College

Worcester State College

Dickinson College

Mercyhurst College

Southern Arkansas University Tech Branch

Word of Life Bible Institute

Digipen Institute of Technology

Messenger College

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Wright State University Dayton

Divine Word College

Messiah College

Southern Catholic College

Xavier University

Dominican College of Blauvelt

Miami Dade College

Southern Connecticut State University

Xavier University Louisiana

Dominican University of California

Miami University

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Yellowstone Baptist College

Dowling College

Middle Georgia College

Southern Methodist University

York College of Pennsylvania

Drake University

Middle Tennessee State University

Southern New Hampshire University

York St John

Drexel University

Middlebury College

Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College

York Technical College

Duke University

Midreshet Lindenbaum

Southern Utah University

Young Harris College

 

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.

Now that you know which schools superscore the SAT, what can you do with this information?

 

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Tips for Applying to Schools That Superscore

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.

 

How to Be Strategic About Taking the SAT

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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What’s Next?

To learn more about the current version of the SAT, check out our complete guide to the redesigned SAT.

Once you've familiarized yourself with the test, head on over to this guide to learn about how to study for the SAT.

Are you aiming for a top school and want to earn a perfect score on the SAT? Check out our detailed guide on how to achieve a perfect SAT score.

 

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Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.



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