Score Choice and How To Use It To Your Advantage

For all of you getting ready to apply to college, it is important that you know about the valuable college admissions tool – Score Choice. This College Board feature gives you the option to choose which scores you send to which colleges at no additional cost. Score Choice allows you to choose the SAT scores by test date and SAT Subject Test scores by individual test you submit to colleges, allowing you to send scores in accordance with each college’s individual use of score policy.

This tool was created to reduce student stress, as it puts more power in the applicant’s hands. Since different colleges use test scores in different ways, Score Choice eliminates the “one-size-fits-all” approach and replaces that with a customized method of submitting scores. Institutions participating in this program display their SAT score-use practices, making this information easily available and accessible for aspiring college students. All of you, are therefore, encouraged to follow the score-reporting requirements  and practices of each school to which you apply – a complete guide found here.  By having control of which scores you send to which schools, you will be able to show your best face to each school.

Just as you have choices in this regard, so do colleges, as Score Choice is optional for colleges too. Since a college only receives scores you send, it is imperative to know the score-reporting policy of each school to which you are applying. What exactly are you looking for? Participating colleges can choose from these policies:

  • Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates: Colleges that choose this option consider the highest score of each section of the test across all test dates. For schools that use this practice, it’s in your best interest to send as many sets of scores as possible because your record is updated each time you submit a score report. By doing this, you will make sure that the college receives and selects the highest score across all sections across all test dates.

  • Single Highest Test Date: Colleges that choose this option consider the highest total score for one test dates. These colleges also encourage students to send as many sets as possible, but will eventually only consider the highest individual test dates score.

  • All SAT Scores Required: Every score is considered in the school’s decision making process. You are required to submit scores from each test date.

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About the Author


Yosepha Greenfield grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Yale, she was the Captain of the Women’s Basketball team and the starting point guard. Under her leadership, the team advanced to the NIT tournament for the first time in program history.

Throughout her academic, athletic, and professional career, Yosepha has dedicated herself to helping people become the best version of themselves. She has mentored several young female athletes, promoted the importance of fitness through children’s exercise videos and fitness startups, and now works to help as many students as possible achieve their admissions goals.

Yosepha is also a six-time National Champion in Tae Kwon Do.