Centre College recently made the decision to accept superscores for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT), beginning with the Class of 2023.
This means that if a student has taken either test more than once, they should submit all of their scores. From there, Centre will add the highest section scores together to give the student the highest possible combined score.
“Traditionally, we have followed the advice from the testing companies regarding what is appropriate for each test,” said Bob Nesmith, dean of admission and financial aid. “The SAT has long endorsed cut-and-paste use of their exam scores. Historically, the ACT advised against such practice, but as the test has changed over the years, so has their advice, and they now do not discourage the use of superscoring.”
Nesmith said that a majority of the schools in Centre’s benchmarking groups already practice superscoring on the ACT, so the change aligns with what has become best practice among peers.
“We also had encouragement from high school counselors, who believe it helps alleviate undue student anxiety about scores,” he continued. “In a world obsessed with rankings and metrics, this will put our reporting practices on standardized tests in line with our competitors.”
Nesmith said he hopes this will reassure students that they have every chance to put their best foot forward with standardized testing.
“One-third of the entering Class of 2022 would have benefitted from superscoring, had we done so in this past admission cycle,” he concluded. “Standardized tests are actually a smaller part of our evaluation, but they loom large in the imagination of students. We want to make sure that students who are truly well-matched to Centre do not hold back from applying, because they are worried about their scores or about being competitive candidates for scholarships.”
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by Kerry Steinhofer
August 23, 2018