First of all, what is Score Choice? Score Choice is a plan which allows students to choose which SAT results they want college admissions offices to use for determining acceptance. A student may select which scores she sends to a college and may withhold submission of a SAT result she does not want share, most often a lower score. Select Choice reduces some of the student stress on test day by allowing more flexibility in score reporting. However, should a student opt to submit scores from a certain test, all scores from that test (i.e., critical reading, math, writing) must be sent. For example, a student may not choose to send in only a writing score, for example.
Now some schools (e.g., Stanford University) do not participate in Score Choice and require all SAT scores to be submitted. So must a student submit all SAT scores to a university which requires them, knowing that Score Choice exits? And will the university ever find out if the student does not disclose all scores?
If a university instructs that all SAT scores be submitted, then yes, a student should send all scores. Aside from it being an ethical issue, withholding scores could present future problems should the university discover not all scores were disclosed. Admittedly, the odds of this happening are slim, but why take a chance? If you are going to be less than honest with a college, you must be prepared for the consequences, that is, the possibility of the college tossing your app. Not worth it. Play it straight and submit the scores!
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