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Which Colleges Superscore the SAT?

Posted by Rebecca Safier | Jul 7, 2019 7:00:00 PM

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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 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.

 

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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Popular Colleges that Superscore the SAT

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!

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

Columbia

If you take an exam more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest score you received in any individual section. 

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 consider 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

For both the SAT and ACT we will review the highest of each section, regardless of test dates. This practice is commonly known as the “superscore.”

NYU Admissions

Notre Dame

If you submit multiple scores, we will superscore the tests for our evaluation. This means we will consider the highest composite score and highest scores on each section, regardless of test date. 

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

All scores from all high school sittings of either the ACT or SAT (or both if you took both) are required....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—your highest sub-scores and the best result of the two testing options, if you've taken both the SAT and ACT— will be considered in the review of your application. Lower test scores submitted will not be used in the review of your application.

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 Pennsylvania

We superscore the ACT and we superscore within old and current SATs but not between old and current SAT tests.

UPenn Admissions

University of Southern California

For students who take the SAT more than once, USC records the highest scores for each section.

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 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
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 Pennsylvania
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
Cornell University 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.

 

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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.

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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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