Earlier this week, IN’s student contributor posted about her decision to submit both her ACT and SAT scores with her college apps. She lamented that, for students who have taken both tests, there’s not much guidance on which scores to submit.
A recent post on the College Planning Blog attempts to sheds some light on this decision. It offers three main points to consider when choosing which scores to submit:
- The ACT and the SAT measure different things. While you’ll find score converter charts online, you cannot directly compare scores between the tests.
- It usually doesn’t help your admissions chances to submit scores from both the ACT and the SAT.
- If your test scores are modest, however, this might be overlooked if you can submit ACT scores to an SAT-heavy school, or vice versa. Why? Schools that predominantly receive scores from just one test (e.g., the SAT) generally publish student score ranges for this test only. So they’re more likely to take a chance on an applicant with modest test scores if these scores are from the “other” test and won’t be published.
Click here to read more on the College Planning Blog.