Preparing for College

Should I Submit Both the SAT and ACT scores?

Question: I took the SAT twice and received 2210 both times. I took the ACT once and received a composite score of 33. I have been admitted through "early action" to a few of my chosen colleges. I did not send my ACT score to those schools and am now preparing my applications for some schools that may or may not admit me. Do you feel that sending my ACT score will help, hurt or be neutral on my chances for admission?

If you look at the "concordance tables" that compare SAT scores with ACT's, you'll find that a 33 is roughly equivalent to a 2190 on the SAT ... i.e., slightly below your actual SAT result. So I don't see any reason to send ACT scores to colleges unless there is something in the score breakdown that might jump off the page. For instance, if you plan to pursue a major in math or science (or engineering, computer science, etc.) and you got a perfect ACT sub-score in one of those areas, it might be worth showing this to colleges. Similarly, if you did significantly better in any one section of the ACT than you did on the comparable section of the SAT, you could send the ACT for this reason, too.

But overall, I don't feel that sending the ACT will have an impact one way or another on your college verdicts.

Congrats on your fine results on both tests and good luck with the rest of your admission decisions.

Happy holidays, too.

(posted 12/22/2010)