SATs: Taking the Test More Than Once

For the first time in the history of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), this spring, high school juniors who take the exam will have the option of re-taking it several times and choosing which score potential colleges see. The College Board's former policy was that if you sent one score to a school, that college could also see the scores from every time you've taken the test. But starting in March, students will be able to hide undesirable SAT scores as well as how many times they actually took the test.


On the surface this appears to be a win-win for all students, but critics accuse the plan of being biased against low-income kids that might not be able to afford the $45 exam fee repeated times--or the tutoring that often goes with it.

Some universities are also wary of the plan because it potentially skews the context in which a score was achieved. For example, If a student scores a 1250 total the first time and another scores 1250 after taking it four times, do those children have the same ability? Should that matter?

Will your highschooler be taking the SAT's this spring? In your opinion, is the Score Choice plan a good thing?

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