Will my October Scores be Considered for Early Decision?
The results from your October SAT are scheduled to be released later this week, just a couple of times before November 1 deadlines intended for Early Decision and Early Motion. The close proximity of these related events has a lot of people puzzled and concerned, an m understandably so. I’ve answered questions around this issue at least ten times just this week, and I hope this short post can help you clear up your confusion and provide a little bit of stress relief. Read on to see how you can manage late-arriving scores with your EA and ED applications.
Step One: Notify Colleges of Upcoming Test Dates
Under the Testing section of the most popular Application , there is an option to review the future check dates a student programs to take. Here, students should click on “yes” when asked if they wish to report future dates, and then select October 2014 as the date that scores will arrive (the exact same practice will apply for students taking December SAT who are applying below regular decision timelines). This will serve as a cue to colleges that those scores are on the way even if they will haven’t yet arrived in the office. Institutions that do not use the Common Application typically also provide a space for college students to indicate future testing; keep an eye out for these fields!
Step Two: Request Scores to be Sent
While some scores can arrive after the deadline and still be considered in the overview of a student’s application, many schools will want at least one set of scores available by the deadline. If October is not really your first test date, you should prepare to have your other SAT or ACT scores sent to colleges so your application is considered “complete. ” Do this now if you have not already done so.
Next, arrange to have your own October scores sent to all your earlier schools when they arrive. For those along with favorable testing policies (automatic super scoring or highest overall date), there is no harm in sending your own scores now because lower scores will be ignored in favor of the higher scores already in hand, and higher scores will effectively replace the lower scores. For those schools that require All Ratings for admission, students should prepare to send scores now; waiting to find out your results is irrelevant. For all those schools with that accept Score Option, students should wait until scores arrive to decide what to do. As long as schools have one set of scores in hand and therefore are aware of future test dates (see Step One), the later appearance of one set of scores will not negatively affect the application.
For a full list of institutional score make use of practices from the College Board, click here .
Step Three: Submit the Application on Time!
The most important thing is that you do not let your own concern about your test scores impact the timely submission of your application. For your vast majority of colleges and universities, it is most important which the student’s application & supplemental materials arrive by the deadline. Typically additional forms like references , transcripts, and test scores can arrive after the deadline and still be considered “on time” for factors like admission. Colleges will pair these materials with the student application because they arrive. Some colleges are stricter about this than others, but just about all colleges are strict in anticipating that your application arrive before the deadline day, so do not miss it!
Ian Fisher is part of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts . Ian received his master’s within policy, organization, and leadership studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining College Trainer, Ian worked as a senior admissions officer at Reed College.