Setting an SAT Policy
How your institution can use SAT scores
SAT test scores are used at virtually every college and university in the United States, and at higher education institutions around the world for:
While there is no single best approach to how SAT scores might be used, here are some ways that your institution might benefit:
- To understand better other information in an applicant's folder, such as grades and courses taken
- As one element in an admissions index to determine basic qualifications or preliminary screening
- To identify students who might be "at risk" and who might benefit from special advisors, developmental programs, and/or persistence support
- To recruit students (through the Student Search Service or from among those who have sent scores) who have SAT scores similar to those of accepted or enrolled students at your institution
- To conduct research on SAT scores and other criteria to identify characteristics used in decision making that predict success in course placement, completion of freshman year, and/or graduation
- To include information about SAT scores (such as the middle 50 percent) of all applicants, accepted students, or enrolled freshman in promotional materials so that students and counselors can develop an understanding of how students might fit in that particular institution
How ACES™(Admitted Class Evaluation Service™) can help you verify your admissions and placement decisions
Despite all the measures you use to make admissions and placement decisions, it can be challenging to determine which information will best indicate successful performance at your college. Do the criteria you use for admitting students accurately predict first-year grade point average? Can scores on a test predict course grades in English 101?
The Admitted Class Evaluation Service (ACES) is a free online service that predicts how admitted students will perform at your institution generally and how successful they can be in specific classes. ACES helps you answer important questions about the tools you use to admit and place students at your institution.
To find out more, visit ACES.