I previously reported on the decision of the College Board to start using SAT score choice starting in 2009. Score choice, for those not familiar with it, is the option to tell the College Board which SAT scores you want sent to colleges. The ACT company has long offered this option but the SAT is now going to be offering it supposedly to make testing less stressful for students.
However, even before it goes into effect, some highly selective colleges are saying that they do not want their applicants to use score choice and will require the students to submit all test scores. Some of the schools who have announced that they want to see all scores include Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Pomona, Claremont McKenna and the University of Southern California.
The statement by some colleges that they would like to see all SAT test scores creates some questions such as how do the colleges enforce this policy? Colleges are not told if a student has taken multiple exams so the students are presumably on the honor system to submit all test scores. But what happens if a student doesn’t submit all test scores and somehow the college finds out? Will there be a consequence? And what might the consequence be?
Ideally, students will follow the policies of the colleges to which they are applying. But knowing that some students will try to avoid the “full disclosure” policy, it would be nice to see further information from those colleges that are asking for all test scores on how they will handle those situations when a student does not follow the colleges stated policy.