Thursday, November 8, 2012

Is Score Choice a Scam?

With the new Score Choice policy (which is very tricky, and I will elaborate on it in another article), students are informed that they may take the SAT as many times as they'd like and just have to submit the scores they want to the schools they choose.

Score Choice sounds easy, right? Nope! Please do not be fooled by the College Board’s sneaky tactics. What ETS (the Educational Testing Service, aka “Evil Testing Serpents”) is doing is squeezing more money out of each and every tester. Think about it. Instead of taking the test one or two times (and paying for the test just one or two times) kids are misled and parents are duped into now taking and paying for the test six or seven times; instead of paying $50 once or twice to take the SAT ($100 in total), kids will now feel safe in taking the test over and over again, even taking it 6 times ($300 in total). 

There are fee waivers, but those are scarce and hard to find—and there is no way that you will get away with using a waiver for 6 administrations of the test. Guidance counselors receive a cap on how many they can distribute and have to do a careful accounting of each fee waiver. 

Also, it is imperative to know that the rumors you hear about the benefits of Score Choice are not entirely true.

You cannot keep your SAT scores a secret from many prestigious schools.  Many top schools, such as Georgetown University, do not participate in score choice AT ALL (see "Georgetown University does NOT participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board or the similar program through Educational Testing Service (ETS)" and "Georgetown requires that you submit scores from ALL test sittings of the SAT, ACT or SAT Subject Tests.").

The list gets longer. Here is a neat consolidated list of just a few of the colleges that do not participate in score choice—which means they will require ALL SAT SCORES when you apply to their college. Stanford, Cornell, UPenn, Georgetown, USC, and Yale will not accept score choice. There are more schools, which you can easily find through Google.

In fact, many top schools, besides just the Ivy League, want to see ALL student SAT scores, not merely the top ones in each section (sorry to be the one to have to tell you this).

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