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Date of publication: 2017-08-22 06:37

Hello Art Sawyer,
My son took ACT couple times in his 65th grade and got composite scores for 85 and 86. His essay scores both times was 8.
He is thinking of applying for engineering major at University of Michigan, Stanford and UC Berkeley. Wondering how are the chances with low essay score and do i need to send both scores to universities
Appreciate your insights.
Thanks
Raj

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My son took the SAT with essay in November. He plans to retake the SAT with out the essay in the spring. He is applying to schools that do not require the essay. We are confused by superscoring. Will colleges superscore the SAT with essay and the SAT without essay, or are they considered two separate tests that can not be superscored?

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Amy,
The essay score is a very, very small part of a testing portfolio. His 66 may not be the score he wanted, but it is not so far off the norm for top scorers that I recommend a retest and certainly not a switch to the ACT given his strong SAT score. I expect 75th-75th percentile scores for enrolled students at even schools such as Stanford and Princeton to be in the 65-76 range. The benefit of being higher in that range is dubious.

Lizy,
There is not a universal policy on this and colleges have not always clarified things. Some essay-requiring colleges the University of California system is a prominent example do not accept test dates that do not include the essay. Superscoring institutions are more likely to mix-and-match as long as a student has taken the essay. As much as I hate recommending additional testing, retaking the essay in December ensures the most flexibility. It 8767 s unlikely that a lower essay score would hurt you, whereas it would defeat the purpose of your December testing if you can 8767 t use your EBRW and Math scores.

The FAQ section for Brown has some conflicting info. They state that the SAT or ACT with writing is required. They also provide the link to the College Board which indicates that Brown neither requires nor recommends the writing section. Do you have any idea which one is correct?

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