Preparing for College

Getting SAT Scores to Colleges on Time

Question: If the deadline for my applications is upon me, and my SATs won't be scored for a few weeks, what happens? Will a college still accept my application or do they consider it incomplete and trash it?

Colleges won’t refuse your application if your scores haven’t arrived yet, but it’s still wise to make sure they know what tests you took, when you took them, and when the official scores are due. Typically, an application has a spot where you list all completed tests and test dates. However, even if this is the case, if your scores will show up behind schedule, it’s helpful to include a brief note with your application (it doesn’t have to be fancy. You can even do it on a Post-it) that tells the college which test scores are still not finalized and about when they should expect to see them.

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