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Super-score to Improve Scholarships

Super-score to Improve Scholarships

When planning for college, you will need to have  your child take high school tests. You can find out all about high school tests in my article, High School Subject Tests Simply Explained.

When using high school test scores, some college will "super-score" test results. That means they will look at each individual sub score earned each time you have taken the test. They will choose the highest sub score of each test, rather than the highest overall test score. Colleges decide on super-scoring, not parents, but if a college does super-score tests, it can improve your child's statistics, improving the chance of colleges. Let me show you an easy example using simple round numbers.

Suppose your child got these score results: 

  • May SAT® score: Reading 500 Math 600 Composite 1100 
  • June SAT® score: Reading 600 Math 500 Composite 1100
If a college would super-score your test results, they use the best sub score from each section. Suddenly your child's test results look like this:

  • Super score SAT®: Reading 600 Math 600 Composite 1200
Let me explain it another way. In May and June, this child was in the 75th percentile for their score. By super scoring the test, it appears like your child is suddenly in the 85th percentile. That's significantly better! And it can increase your scholarships, too.


It works the same way with the ACT®. Some colleges will super-score those results as well.

Taking the SAT® or ACT® twice will allow colleges to "super-score" if that's their policy, and that can maximize your scholarship awards.

How does super-scoring look on a transcript? Here's an example:

TEST SCORES

  • May SAT: Reading/Writing 500; Math 600; Composite 1100
  • June SAT: Reading/Writing 600; Math 500; Composite 1100
  • SAT Superscore: Reading/Writing 600; Math 600; Composite 1200
  • May ACT Score: Eng 26; Math 24; Reading 24; Sci 18; Composite 23
  • Jun ACT Score: Eng 24; Math 26; Reading 28; Sci 22; Composite 25
  • ACT Superscore: Eng 26; Math 26; Reading 28; Sci 22; Composite 26


Some universities will superscore tests. Some will use the single highest test date. Some will use the most recent test score. To find out what your university wants, search for "Score use policy" with the college name. ACT® provides a superscore calculator here: How to Calculate Your ACT Superscore

You can make it easy on the college to give your student scholarships by superscoring on the transcript!

Need more help wading through college admission and test scores? Check out my new product, the College Launch Solution. With the option of having private or group coaching, you find the level of support you need! Go see for yourself: College Launch Solution.

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