Yale University has announced that they will not follow the College Board’s new policy of score choice which begins with the March 2009 SAT administration. They join Stanford, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania to take the position that they want students to submit SAT test scores from all test dates. Harvard, the University of Chicago and MIT have indicated that they will allow students to decide which SAT test scores to submit.
There is no enforcement policy available to ensure that students submit all SAT test scores for those colleges asking for all scores. My personal opinion is that it makes very little, if any, difference on whether colleges accept or reject score choice. The reality is that almost all colleges will superscore the individual SAT test scores so it is in the students best interests to submit multiple tests if it will improve the test scores the colleges consider. And even if a student submits a poor test score from one date, the colleges are looking for the opportunity to use the student’s best scores, not worst scores.
Bottom line? Don’t worry about whether your college accepts or rejects score choice. It is unlikely to make a difference in the admissions decisions.