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Can I Send Test Scores After the Early Decision Deadline?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | July 13, 2013

Question: Is it possible to send my Subject Test scores after an early decision deadline date?

This is yet another time when “The Dean” must respond with an unsatisfying “Maybe.” The answer will vary depending on where you are applying and on when (and how) you plan to submit your test scores.

Are you talking about a week or so after the deadline or longer? Most (but not all) colleges allow some wiggle room of up to about three weeks. For instance, if the ED deadline is November 1, the majority of colleges will accept November test scores, even though these won’t roll in until around Thanksgiving. In fact, many colleges publish their last permissible testing date right on their Web site. So hunt for that first. If you can’t find it, it’s fine to call the admission office to ask.

You will also want to get your late scores to your ED college as quickly as possible. But don’t pay for pricey “Rush” reporting. Instead, ask your school guidance counselor to telephone, email, or fax the admission office as soon as you see your scores online. Although you will still need to follow up with “official” score reports from the College Board, most colleges are willing to use the unofficial ones that come directly from your counselor (but not directly from YOU) before the College Board scores arrive.

If you’ve already selected an Early Decision college, you should check right now (either on the Web site or via a phone call or email message) to find out how far past the deadline you can send the scores (if at all) and then you’ll be able to plan your testing accordingly.


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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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