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SAT Score-Use Practices Submission

Score Choice Overview

Score Choice is designed to reduce student stress and improve the overall test-taking experience by giving students the option to choose the SAT® scores by test date and SAT Subject Tests scores by individual test that they send to colleges and universities, at no additional cost. The feature is optional; students are not required to use it. If a student chooses not to use Score Choice, all scores will be sent automatically.

Because colleges, universities and scholarship programs use SAT scores in different ways in the admissions process, the College Board is giving you the ability to display your institution's SAT score-use practice directly to students on CollegeBoard.com.

To facilitate this, the College Board is asking you to choose from a set of score-use practice options. Students will be responsible for following the institutions' stated practices. Please note that your institution or program will only receive the scores that students send to you.

Background

Beginning in 2007, the College Board surveyed students, school counselors and institutions to find ways to improve the testing experience for students. The feedback we received suggested that a change to our score-reporting policy would help alleviate anxiety and better meet the needs of students. After much consideration, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new score-reporting policy—Score Choice—in June of 2008.

The SAT Program then convened the Score Choice Advisory Task Force of Members, a diverse group of 27 higher education representatives, including financial aid and admissions administrators, high school counselors, and students from across the country. This group has played an instrumental role in the design, functionality and communication decisions for Score Choice. To support the implementation process, the task force focused on six critical areas: higher education communications, K-12 communications, student/parent communications, display of college practices, student user experience, and underserved outreach effectiveness.

Score Delivery

Score Choice will not delay the processing of scores, nor will it affect the method of score delivery (e.g., paper, CD or ESR) or how you receive student files. It is, however, important to note that the College Board will only send those scores that a student selects when using Score Choice. If a student requests that the College Board send a second score report to your institution or program, it will only include the unique set of scores selected by the student for that score report request. It may be necessary to review your SAT score maintenance procedures to ensure a smooth transition to this new policy.

To facilitate the timely receipt of scores, we've implemented a new student e-mail reminder service. Any student who takes the SAT (and who provides us with a valid e-mail address) but does not send a single score report by the typical college application deadlines will be sent e-mails reminding them to send their scores. Students will also be encouraged to send their scores early and to use their free registration score sends, which is the fastest way for institutions to receive scores.

Student Experience

Score Choice is designed to be a user-friendly tool for both students and institutions. To ensure that students send the correct scores, the College Board has created a new, easy-to-use online transaction system for score reporting that makes score selection completely intuitive. Remember, your institution or program will only receive the scores that students send to you. The College Board will not provide scores to colleges against students' wishes.

Score Choice Tutorial

Score Choice Tutorial (Flash)—See how the new, easy-to-use score-reporting process works. Install Adobe® Flash® Player to view tutorial.

Score Reporting Options

In an effort to provide students and families with the best, most reliable information on college admissions practices, we are seeking information on your institution's or program's practice regarding the use of test scores.

We would appreciate your selecting the option that best reflects your institution's or program's policy so we can incorporate this information on CollegeBoard.com for students to see. It is a student's responsibility to follow the practice you have selected and you will receive only the scores that a student has selected to send. If you have any questions about how to select a score-use practice, please call Customer Service toll free at 1-888-SAT-HELP (728-4357).

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