Which Test Scores to Send ... and When?

Question: As a rising senior, I was anxious about the SAT and ACT. I was planning to take the ACT, SAT II, and SAT I in that order. My only concern was that my SAT I would fall in December. Because it is the final testing month for many of the colleges I wanted to apply to, I would have to designate it as a score to immediately send. A couple of colleges stated that they would accept scores until January, so I would be able to see my SAT scores beforehand. As of right now, I was leaning towards sending the ACT for early and regular decision. Should I send the December SAT along with my ACT for colleges with the deadline of December or January? Thank you!

If you wait until December to take your SAT, you can still get those scores to colleges before your regular-decision verdicts are finalized. My advice would be to wait until you see the December SAT scores before you decide whether or not to send them out. If you are happy with the scores, you can immediately order score reports sent to your colleges, and you can also ask your guidance counselor to email or fax the scores to colleges in the meantime. Although the colleges will still require “official" scores from the College Board, they will most likely be willing to consider the scores that come directly from your high school while they wait for the “real" ones. And if these real ones show up a bit after the Regular Decision deadline, the vast majority of colleges will consider them anyway.

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