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Dec. 27, 2015

Do I Need to Send an Official ACT Score Report?

Question: I took the SAT (three times) and the ACT (one time). I sent in my SAT scores to the college. Is it ok if I just upload my ACT score on common app and not send it to my colleges? Thank you!

If you want your colleges to consider your ACT scores as well as your SAT scores, then you need to order an official ACT score report. If your ACT's are better than your SAT's, that's the wise move.

You can use a “concordance chart" like this one to compare tests: https://www.act.org/solutions/college-career-readiness/compare-act-sat/


You can then decide if you want to report all scores.

Since you already sent your SAT scores, there is no need to send the official ACT scores (or even to report the ACT scores on your applications) unless you did better on the ACT.

It's confusing, isn't it?

Written by

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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