SAT and ACT Score Reports: An Insider’s Guide
You probably have enough on your mind as you prepare to take the SAT or ACT without worrying about where your tests scores are going after you’ve taken the darn thing. Yet, it’s very important that you know at the time you sign up for the SAT or ACT where those scores are going. Getting it right the first time can save you time and money by avoiding the various fees the testing companies can stick you with.
Let’s take a look at ins and outs of score reports for the SAT and ACT.
Ordering SAT Score Reports
After your SAT is scored you can view the test results in the account you created online. The first four test reports from SAT are free. After that, you have to pay ten bucks to send the scores to additional schools.
Haven’t put much thought into where you’re going to college? You’re not alone. Yet, it is to your advantage to indicate which colleges you want the scores to go to at the time you take the SAT. You only have nine days after the testing date to indicate your college choices or make changes to choices you may have made. And of course, it costs to wait ($10 per report after the nine days).
“If you know to which schools you’d like to send scores and are comfortable sending scores in the spring of your junior year, you should do so,” says Kathleen Fineout Steinberg, Sr. Director, Strategic Communications, The College Board. “Some colleges see this as a sign of interest. These schools may also use scores to qualify you for special campus visit programs, information sessions in your hometown or scholarships.”
Charna Moss-Gregory, a high school counselor at Warhill High School in Williamsburg, Virginia, said that the confusion most students encounter with SAT scoring is over who sends the scores to colleges. Colleges won’t accept scores sent from high schools, contrary to what some students think, so you’ll need to have your scores sent directly to your selected colleges from the College Board.
The other choice you have at the time you sign up for the SAT (but not the ACT) is to be selective as to what portion of the test a college will see, according to Steinberg. “Score Choice is a service that gives students the option to choose which scores are sent to colleges — in accordance with an institution’s stated score-use practice,” she said. “Students can send scores by test date for the SAT and by individual test for SAT Subject Tests.”She said this service is optional, and if you don’t choose to use it, all of your scores will be sent automatically.
Ordering ACT Score Reports
Take the ACT and you will have to pay a fee of $10 for each test you send off to your prospective colleges, even if you sign up to do this at the time of testing. Fees can increase to $15 for each set of scores if you procrastinate and need a priority report sent out. They’ll tack on another $12 if you really wait until the last minute and have to call them to order a priority report.
You’ll need to decide at the time you take the test what colleges you want the test to go to, which can be a little difficult when you’re still in your junior year of high school. “Most kids don’t take it (determining where the test scores go) seriously,” says Mary Jo Meehan, Assistant Professor/ Counselor at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
“Kids may not have even discussed where they want to go to college with their parents,” says Meehan. She said that like the SAT, the ACT test is important and can help in getting scholarships and proper placement in academic programs.
Once you’ve taken the ACT, which happens on a Saturday, you’ll only have until the following Thursday to cancel or change your selection of colleges to send the scores. And if you’ve taken the test more than once, you can only send the complete scores from one test date, no mixing and matching to come up with a better set of scores. Generally speaking, you should take the ACT with writing because some schools only take ACT scores with writing.
Tips if you need to call regarding your ACT and SAT Score Reports:
1. Have your ducks in a row before you call these testing. Have your social security number and date(s) the test was taken handy.
2. Know the specific name and code of the college or university you want the test scores sent to. The College Code List and ACT College Codes are online resources to get these codes.
3. Make sure you fill out forms completely with correct DOB, address, etc., otherwise reporting may be delayed.
Additional SAT and ACT Score Report Phone Numbers:
Sat College Board Customer service: 866-756-7346
The ACT Customer service: 319-337-1270
Preparing for the SAT or ACT can make you a little nervous; that’s understandable. Ordering your SAT and ACT score reports should be easy, especially with New Tampa SAT Tutor‘s Insider’s Guide to SAT and ACT Score Reports.
This post written by Eric Anderson, a SAT Critical Reading and SAT Writing tutor who serves students in New Tampa, Odessa, Carrollwood, and throughout NW Hillsborough County. Contact Eric at Tampa tutor (at) Tampa bay dot RR dot com or by calling 813.787.8959.