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
- Super score SAT: Reading 600 Math 600 Composite 1200
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.
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