Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October SAT and ACT scores


As the minor panic of the Early Action deadline hits, I just wanted to let everyone know that UGA will accept the October SAT and ACT score reports, as long as you requested the scores be sent when you signed up for the test. As well, make sure that when you sign up for the test, you have the correct name, birth date, and SSN so that the scores can match up with your file. I just worked with a student that misspelled his last name and put in the entirely wrong birth date, which caused our test score system to lock up on his scores. We were able to get them in today, but it will cause you problems if these items do not match up with what you give UGA (or any college).

I expect that the October SAT scores will reach us by either this Thursday or the following Monday (Friday is a UGA furlough day, so we will not be in the office), so look for the scores to drop into our system shortly.

Remember, be patient, and have a great fall semester!!

19 comments:

  1. I missed the on-line chat Tuesday night. Any chance you might be posting the entire conversation on your website?

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  2. Anon: Unfortunately, we are not able to post the entire conversation, and I am guessing this might actually be a good thing. There were about 2,700 posts on the chat last night, and if you have ever seen one of these chats before, you know it is a little hectic and crazy (but good!).

    Trying to filter your way through 2,700 posts would probably drive you crazy, so I would suggest you wait until the next chat and try to be a part of it.

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  3. Hello! Is the actual word "complete" or "incomplete" supposed to show up on the application status check, as the "incomplete application" email suggests? I don't see either word anywhere. Thanks for this wonderful blog! I like knowing that I'm talking to a real person, instead of just the computer.

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  4. Anon: No, I do not believe it states these words exactly, but I believe that when it is complete, it will say something along the lines of "We have all the materials needed ...", and you will see that all the required items (application, app fee, transcript, school evaluation and SAT/ACT results with writing).

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  5. Hi, I just found out that I key in one wrong digit number for my Social Security Number. And my application status says it's incompleted without the SAT scores. What should I do?

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  6. Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but here goes.

    Does UGA give equal weight to all the SAT scores (verbal, math and writing?) My daughter did very well on verbal and writing, not so much on math, for a total of 1900.

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  7. Anonymous: If you made a mistake on your SAT score report, call our office on Monday (9-4) and ask to speak with a counselor. Then tell them of the mistake and we can correct it.

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  8. Anonymous: Most likely you will see slight difference in how all colleges use the three areas of the SAT, and most all are based upon research done by the institution to understand what impact the test scores have indicated with previous applicants who then enrolled at the college.

    I do not have the exact balance, but since the writing portion was added (and some of the Critical Reading section was shifted to the Writing section), we have looked at the Critical Reading and Writing sections together in about equal balance with the Math section. It is not an exact balance, but it is close.

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  9. I was wondering when exactly will the application status check have the updated October SAT scores. I was just wondering if I should be concerned at this point since my scores are not yet updated. Thanks.

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  10. Anon: We received the October SAT scores late last week, so if you are not seeing the scores in our system, here is what you should do.

    First, check your student score sheet to make sure that you had it sent to UGA, and that the SSN and first and last names match what you gave UGA (if you did not include your SSN and then listed your name as Bob instead of the Robert you gave UGA, there will most likely be a problem).

    Next, email or call our office and ask to speak with the primary counselor and let them know your situation, and if there are any issues with your name or SSN. We can then take care of the issue.

    If you notice that you did not actually send the scores to UGA, contact the College Board ASAP and have them rush the score, and we will see if we can use them (no promises, but we still have a little time left).

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  11. I don't know exactly how but when I registered something happened on the send scores page where all of the colleges I had selected did not actually have the scores sent to. But I went on the website and will contact college board tomorrow, and if all else fails I will pay for the rush electronically delivered scores ASAP. At least it is just for EA and not RD.

    Lastly, would it be best for me to also contact UGA and tell them that my scores are on the way? Thank you for your help.

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  12. You do not have to contact our office, as there is nothing we could do with the information at this time. The biggest issue is to contact College Board, and to both request the scores be sent and to ask how long it will take for the scores to actually be sent out.

    Sorry about the problem with the SAT, but at least you were able to figure it out now, instead of a later date.

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  13. My daughter has applied for EA. She has a very good GPA [4.1] but SAT score is 20 points lower than the mid 50% at UGA. Her course schedule has all been a majority Honors and AP. What weights are given to the the GPA vs. SAT/ACT? Can majors be changed now before EA decisons go out?

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  14. Anon: There is not an exact balance between the grades and test scores (as other factors play into the review), but between these two alone, I would say it is roughly 2-1 grades over test scores. That is the rough version, but we say that what a student does over 3+ years is more important that what he/she does in 4+ hours on a Saturday morning.

    As for major changes, this can occur all the way through orientation. A student would go to our Information Change Form at https://www.admissions.uga.edu/apps/infochange/ to make changes like this, although there are certain things you can change (major, email, etc.), and certain things you can not (name, SSN, etc).

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  15. Hi, I received an e-mail a couple days ago that said my early-action application was incomplete because they have not received my test scores. HOwever, I sent my scores in october. So, will they not consider my application for early action?

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  16. Anon: As I said in an earlier comment, the first thing to do if your Oct SAT scores are not showing up on the status check (remember, the Status Check is the most up to date site, not an email that was sent out several days ago), you should check your student SAT report to make sure you sent the scores to UGA, and that your name and SSN match what you gave UGA.

    If you did have the scores sent to UGA and they are not showing up on the Status Check, contact our office ASAP to take care of this, as it is most likely missing your SSN and your name or birth date is not an exact match with what you gave us.

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  17. The EA application asks if any immediate family member attended/attends UGA. Does this have any effect on admission? Also, is any extra consideration given to AP courses when the applicant actually took and passed the AP exam as opposed to just taking the course?

    Thank you so much for your time =)

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  18. Anon: While we ask this question on the application, it has no bearing on admissions (see http://ugaadmissions.blogspot.com/2009/06/mythbusters-admissions-style.html). We ask this question so that the University and the Alumni office will know the information. This question, along with a few others, is asked not so our office can know it, but so that other offices that has a vested interest in this information will have it.

    As for the AP exams, we look at them if the student has taken them (although a majority of the AP exams will be taken in May of the senior year), but it does not have a big impact on admissions. It helps us understand the student a little better in their knowledge of a specific subject, but it is not high up on the list of admissions factors at UGA.

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