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New “Score Choice” Policy Leads to More Questions

As they begin applying to college, high school students have myriad decisions to make. Which university will be their “safety school?” How many other applications should they submit? What should they write in their essay? And the list of questions goes on. Now there’s one more question to add to the list. Thanks to the new Score Choice policy introduced recently by the College Board, students also need to decide which SAT score to submit along with their application.

For the more than 800 colleges and universities that have made standardized tests optional for their applicants, the decision is simple. Applicants do not have to submit an SAT score at all, and if they choose to, they can send in their highest score. But what to do at the many selective universities that require submission of each and every SAT score? Well, it’s complicated. Read the thorough overview of the new Score Choice policy in The Choice blog.

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