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Do Admission Officials SEE All SAT Scores?

Question: We're told that colleges consider only the highest SAT scores. But the report they receive from the College Board shows all scores. What assurance do we have, if any, that admissions people are in fact only seeing the highest scores? To put it another way, what's to prevent them consulting the full report if they want to?

Depending on the protocol at your child's target colleges, admission committees may indeed see all of the SAT scores, even though they may officially "use" only the highest ones. At some colleges, the secretarial staff will prepare a "tally sheet" (called by different names in different places) which includes the statistical information that will be part of the evaluation process (test scores, GPA, rank, etc.). Commonly, just the top test results go on the tally sheet, so the admission committees won't see the other scores. But, in many cases, the full range of scores will be on score reports in the student's folder or even on the high school transcript, so the decision makers will eyeball them, even if they're not formally considering them.

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