Where We Stand on SAT Score Choice
As many of you may know, the College Board now allows you the option to choose which scores (by test date) you wish to send to colleges. Earlier this winter the College Board requested Vanderbilt’s official position on its new Score Choice policy. We wanted to post to help explain our position on this new policy, as well as to let you know how we came to that position.
Our Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions formed a committee composed of members from various University offices to address the issue. After considerable debate and weighing all the possible options provided by the College Board, Vanderbilt selected “Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates (version 2),” reprinted below.
Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates – Version 2 (Highest M, CR, W)
Vanderbilt University has indicated that it considers your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit. Only your highest section scores will be considered as part of the final admissions decision. Each time you submit scores, Vanderbilt University will update your record with any new high scores.
Vanderbilt University strongly encourages you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing Vanderbilt University to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.
We believe that this position is a highly student-centered option and gives the applicant the most control over the score reporting process. We believe in the fundamental truth that you, the student ultimately own your test score. We believe this option most directly mirrors the admissions philosophy under which we currently operate.
In an effort to get the word out, we have placed this statement on our main website, but please share with your friends and others who are applying to Vanderbilt this coming fall. Also make sure to educate yourself and others about the score reporting process this year. The College Board has also provided a full listing of college and scholarship score use practices.
A Note to Applicants Regarding Vanderbilt’s SAT Score Choice Policy
Vanderbilt will consider the highest section scores across all SAT test dates. Students should send scores from every SAT test date in which they receive a top score in at least one section: mathematics, critical reading, and writing. Only the highest section scores will be considered as part of the admissions review process. Each time SAT scores are submitted, the student’s record is updated with the new high section scores. Vanderbilt strongly encourages students to submit scores each time they take the SAT.
While many of our applicants submit SAT Subject test scores, they are not required. As part of the admissions review process, the Admissions Committee may consider any SAT Subject test scores that a student submits.
We would love to hear your thoughts.