This year, the College Board implemented a (very popular) policy in which students can choose the SAT scores they want to send to colleges and do not have to send scores they are not pleased with. In my day, you had to send everything. No fair. So how has the policy been working out? The Hartford Courant reports:
For a student like C. J. Spellman, a senior at Farmington High School, the answer is just fine. Spellman didn’t prepare for the SAT the first time around and didn’t perform well. The second time that he took it — after tutoring — his score climbed 300 points.
“It’s a big relief only having to send that one score,” said Spellman.
But not every student experiences such relief, because many colleges aren’t going along with the score choice program. Many schools want to see all test scores, while promising to consider only the applicants’ highest scores. Among these are Yale University, which requires that all scores be sent, and the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan and Trinity, which strongly encourage students to submit all scores.
“The whole thing is so screwed up,” said Michele A. Hernandez, a private college consultant, former admissions counselor at Dartmouth and author of “A is for Admission.” “It’s not fair. They [the College Board] should have hashed this out with the colleges before setting the policy.”
I wonder why certain schools still require you to send all scores? I guess it makes sense–I mean, is it fair that some people can afford to take the SATs 2345 times and choose their best score, while others may only be able to have one shot at it? No, I don’t think so.