Response to Elena: there are few early birds

May 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm 2 comments

Posted by Dee 

Glad you sent in your question, Elena! (on the AdmitSpit post titled, “Just got a comment…“)

“What’s the point of sending SAT/ACT scores to colleges before senior year? I was trying to guess-timate the costs of applying to college, and I was guessing it’d be about $100 per college with all the tests and whatnot needed to be sent in addition to the actual app. I’ve heard that large colleges like the UCs don’t bother looking at students’ scores because they receive so many, and I’m guessing many privates hold the same policy? Do you know if colleges keep these files on record, or do you have to re-send the scores when you apply there?”

You are partially correct.

The University of California campuses (and probably also most other large public institutions) DO NOT keep your scores on record if you send them before you actually apply. So, if you take an AP or SAT junior year and send it to UCLA, they will not keep your scores in a file because you haven’t actually applied yet — so don’t send them.

On the other hand, many private schools DO keep your scores on file if you send them early. I spoke to a guy in the admissions office at Stanford a while ago (see the post titled, “Response to Lena on sending scores junior year“) and he said that they do open a file for you even before you’ve actually applied.

I understand that there is incentive to send scores early; the College Board for APs for example allow you to designate colleges on the AP day that you want score reports sent to, but alas, if you don’t fill it out that day, it’s $15 extra per report to send later on. But if you think about it, it’s not really that bad, because the UCs don’t even need you to send any score reports in until after you’ve been accepted (that way, if you did misconstrue your scores they can rescind your admission, so be wary…).

Moral is, ask the school in particular if you do want to save a couple bucks by designating their college name ahead of time, unless it’s a UC and then you already know the answer!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elena  |  May 28, 2007 at 5:32 am


  • 2. quyen  |  July 5, 2007 at 2:41 am

    i was wondering, how do colleges view your hs senior year? i know they look for the strength of your class load, but … is that it? because applications seem to be mostly sent in before 1st semester grades come out (west coast). so how do colleges evaluate senior year?



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