Wednesday, September 2, 2009

UGA and Score Choice


It is nearing the end of summer, and so begins the season of doubt. "Should I send my SAT/ACT to UGA now, or wait until I see how I did?" Fear not, because this question is a non-issue at UGA.

UGA's policy on test scores is that we only look at the highest sub-scores of the SAT and the ACT, also known as "super-scoring". This means that we take the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing SAT scores from all your SAT tests to get your best overall combination, and your best ACT scores from each section to make the highest composite score.

The one thing we do not do is overlap the SAT and ACT (we will not take your ACT English of 34 and match it with your 740 Math SAT). But remember, UGA will only look at your best scores for the SAT and ACT, and if you take both the SAT and ACT, we will use whichever test has the strongest overall best scores.

In other words, we are only focused on your best scores (I am trying to see how many different ways I can say this statement). So do not worry about which test scores to send (my best suggestion is to always request them to be sent when you sign up for the test), and enjoy your senior year!

19 comments:

  1. So by this you mean that if I got a really high score on the SAT I took last week, then for whatever reason bomb the ACT that I take next weekend, that only the better score of the two will be looked at? Or in other words the bad score I got would not make me viewed any less if I have a high score on the other test?

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  2. Anonymous: That is correct. We do not know everything about your testing situation (did you get sick on the morning of the ACT and do poorly, etc.), so we will look at the test results and use these.

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  3. Is the writing score for the SAT looked at less than reading/math?

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  4. Yes I was wondering the same thing. I did well on writing but I heard that it does not get looked at.

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  5. Bob and Anonymous: Yes, UGA does use the writing portion of the SAT and the ACT (as I have said before, ignore the people who give you advice that seems to conflict with a college's information). The Writing section is one of a number of factors we use in reviewing applications.

    I do not have an exact balance of the three SAT sections off the top of my head, but all three sections are used within our review. An interesting story about the SAT-Writing can be found at http://researchmagazine.uga.edu/aa/spring2009/writing.php .

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  6. I read somewhere that the SAT scores count more in the formula used to determine a students academic success at UGA for out of state students than for in-state students. I was wondering if this is true or not.

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  7. Anon: One part of the admission review is a rough prediction of an applicant's freshman GPA (based upon statistical analysis), and our recent research indicated that OOS students predict better with slightly more emphasis on test scores than in-state students. Remember, though, that this is only one part of the review process (for instance, we put a great deal of focus on a student's rigor of curriculum).

    In addition, we look at a broad range of items when we are going through the holistic read process, and then balance the overall review of the applicant in comparison with the entire applicant pool.

    In other words, this is only a part of the process. Sorry for the complicated explanation, but I hope this helps.

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  8. So does that mean that it's okay that I've taken the SAT four times and scored really high the fourth time?

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  9. Anon: Yes, that is fine with us!

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  10. I was looking at the profile for last year's students that were deffered and it said that the middle 50% had SAT scores in between 1100-1250. Does this mean that 25% of defered students recieved higher than a 1250?

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  11. Anon: Yes, that is exactly what it means. I have seen deferred students with above a 1550 SAT, but deferred due to other factors.

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  12. Does the SAT scores total requirement include all three parts of the SAT including the writing? My daughter received an overall SAT score of 1650 - is this acceptable?

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  13. Anon: UGA requires and uses the writing portion of the SAT and the ACT, but when we list averages, we usually list the CR and Math together on a scale of 1600, and then list the Writing as a separate section. I estimate that our mid range on a 2400 scale would be from the 1800's - 2000+. But remember, the SAT is not the most important academic item to UGA (core grades and the rigor of a student's coursework come before it).

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  14. So If I take the ACT this coming up saturday, October 23, and have requested the scores to be sent to UGA, will it be looked at in time for my Early Admission application?

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  15. Ken: Yes, we will use both the October SAT and ACT for Early Action of the scores were requested to be sent to UGA when you signed up for the exam.

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  16. What are my chances of getting into UGA if I got an overall 1800 on the SAT. I have a 4.0 GPA (unweighted). I took all AP and Honors courses throughout high school. I am involved in many extracurricular activities like dance, student government, FBLA, Spanish Honor Society/Spanish Club, the BETA Club, and Science Club. Do I have any chance, even though my SAT score is on the lower end of the scale? I'm very dedicated and hard-working, but tests are my weakness.

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  17. Anon: I do not guess about decisions, but you seem like a strong applicant overall (this does not mean admit or EA admit, just that you seem like a solid applicant for admission as a whole).

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  18. does uga favor kids who take ap classes more than kids who do dual enrollment their senior year? is dual enrollment at univ. of west ga credible? ap calculus or freshman algebra at the univ of west ga? please help me decide.

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  19. Anon: We do not favor AP over dual enrollment, or DE over AP. We favor a student who, in consulting with their counselor, challenges themselves to the best of their ability with the opportunities at hand, be that AP courses, IB courses, DE, or a mixture. It depends on what is available at your school and in the community, and what you choose. I will have a post about this later this week.

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